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Colchester sack manager with fans disappointed with interim boss named by club

Colchester United sack manager Hayden Mullins with fans left disappointed with the interim boss named by the League Two club.

The U’s have parted company with head coach the 42 year old after Tuesday’s defeat by Sutton United, and have only one five of their 24 games in the league this season.

They sit 22nd in the table, three points above the relegation places, with former Colchester player Wayne Brown being appointed for the time being by chairman Robbie Cowling.

It is Brown’s third spell in charge; having had one stint in 2015, then another between the departure of Steve Ball in February 2021 and Mullins taking over.

He will be assisted by Joe Dunne, who was U’s manager from 2012 to 2014, and Dave Huzzey. Mullins’ assistant Alex Dyer, the former Kilmarnock manager, has also departs.


Colchester United Chairman Robbie Cowling has issued the following:

Following the recent poor run of results, the difficult decision has been made to make a change and relieve Hayden Mullins and Alex Dyer of their respective roles at Colchester United.

I want to make it clear that the responsibility for our current league position lies with everyone involved, both on and off the pitch, and I include myself in that. Everyone remaining must shoulder some of that responsibility individually and collectively.

I’d like to thank Hayden for ensuring our survival last season, and thank both he and Alex for their hard work this season – and I wish them the best of luck in the future.

Since I made this difficult decision on Tuesday night, I have asked Wayne Brown to take charge as the Interim Head Coach and he has agreed.

I hope that you supporters will get fully behind Wayne and the squad for the packed schedule of matches in the immediate future.

Wayne Brown has named two new first team staff members that will assist him whilst he is the Interim Head Coach.

The former U’s centre half has taken over the reins on a temporary basis, and has bought in a couple of coaches to work with him.

Dave Huzzey is the Academy Manager and will be working with Wayne and the first team as the club look to pull away from the two relegation places in League Two.

The second person coming in to assist Brown is a more familiar face to long standing Colchester United supporters, with Joe Dunne returning to the club that he holds a great deal of passion and affection for.

Dunne has played for, coached and managed the U’s in the past, and came in to assist Brown for a spell last season as well.

Brown said of the duo: “I’ll be using a mix of both people who are already here, while also bringing people in.”

“There needs to be a relationship with people who are already here, and that someone is Dave Huzzey.

“He’s a very good coach, very passionate about the role that he does and is very good at the role that he does. He’s a different voice for the lads and something that I think is needed.

“Externally, I’ll be bringing in Joe Dunne, and his record speaks for itself. The experiences that he has had in his managerial and coaching career are second to none.

“And more importantly, he knows the club. It’s very close to his heart, and he’s desperate to do well with the club, and it’s really important along with the service I’ve also given the club.”

All three, alongside Goalkeeping Coach Darren Smith, will be preparing the squad for Saturday’s game at Salford City.

Glenn Speller, BBC Essex sports editor: “This is becoming a far too regular event for Colchester United as they change head coach for a fourth time in 18 months. They have gone from being seen as a stable club to one which lurches from one inexperienced head coach at EFL level to another.

“Wayne Brown won just one of nine games in temporary charge last year and will hope for a better reaction from a more experienced, but woefully under-performing squad.

“In the longer-term, the club will need to assess whether a structure based on a director of football and well-staffed recruitment and coaching department is best serving those running the first team.

“Recent evidence would suggest a root and branch review is required but more pressing is securing Football League survival.”

Twitter users reacted as Colchester sack their manager with some fans disappointed with the interim boss named by the club…

@adamwalkercufc: Good riddance but doesn’t change anything #cowlingout

@jladbrook6: No respect for him at all. Lost it all when on numerous occasions he didn’t have the courage to clap the travelling fans who have spent their hard earned money watching the team. Time for one of ball or Brown to replace him then. Nothing will change under this regime COWLING OUT!

@MickyVANSTFC: Hope you get your club sorted. As a Swindon fan I hate seeing this. It hits hard especially when the club I love has had problems. And we almost lost our club. So I wish you can get someone to take over your club and progress. All the best of the season

@Auntie_Lel: Let’s hope Cowling has been proactive enough to have identified and targeted his preferred (external) replacement(s) already & a full time appointee is announced very soon……wouldn’t that be refreshing? #ColU

@Pav291: Why would any potential manager want to come in and work under 2 failed managers and some other bloke who nobody knows what he does #colu

@ColUBryn: Oh dear just when I thought thing’s couldn’t get any worse at the #ColU Wayne Brown’s back. Let’s hope the interim period is a short one!

@DanielColU: There have been 10 permanent managers/head coaches under Robbie Cowling’s ownership of #ColU and of those 10, only 4 have been in charge for a whole season. That’s quite a mad stat when you think about it.

@ColUtdAlex: Why isn’t Dunne the interim manager tho? #ColU

@Jamie_Hudson_: It better just be for a match or so, I don’t want to hear any news about him getting it permanently, we need an experienced manager in

@Dan_HR_BP: Because he was so successful last time.

@HarryNathan404: 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️ Replacing the guy you’ve just sacked with the guy who lost 7 of 8 games as caretaker last season before getting sacked and being replaced by the guy they’ve just sacked… Inspired 🤌🏻 #ColU

@adamwalkercufc: Same old shit #cowlingout

@Clachan1GK: As if that worked last time oh wait it didn’t

@colchestercabbi: What a joke… been there done that didn’t work then won’t work now…need fresh ideas NOW

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