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Colchester sack their manager after latest defeat sees them in the League Two relegation zone

Colchester United sack their manager Ben Garner after their latest defeat to Harrogate Town sees them in the League Two relegation zone.

The U’s are now in trouble, failing to pick up a single point since they beat Notts County 5-4 on the 30th of September, and have only scored 3 goals in 4 games since, conceding 12.

They are now inside the the drop and no longer have a game in hand over Forest Green Rovers, who sit 22nd in the table, on the same points.

The former Bristol Rovers, Swindon and Charlton boss’ time in charge after only seven months having took over in March after Matt Bloomfield left to take over at League One Wycombe Wanderers.

Overall in his time managing Colchester, won seven of his 28 games in charge.


Colchester United have relieved Ben Garner of his duties as Head Coach with immediate effect.

Board members will be discussing the plans to be put in place, for both the immediate period with games on Tuesday and Saturday, and further into the future.

Colchester United would like to place on record its thanks to Ben for his time at the club.

No further comment will be made at this time.

Colchester boss Garner said, as per Gazette Live after the game: “We had complete control of the game and went 1-0 up when it was hard to break them down and we get that brilliant goal and they hadn’t had a shot on target, up until that point in the game.

“But for the five to ten minutes after that, we’re intent on making it a basketball game.

“They had two shots on target and both go in.

“We’ve got this horrible habit of shooting ourselves in the foot at the moment, even when we’re much the better side and in complete control of the game.

“We shouldn’t have been vulnerable after we scored.

“They hadn’t done anything up until then and hadn’t had a shot on target.

“If anything, you go 1-0 up and it makes you even more solid but the goals we conceded were poor.

“We go to ground on the halfway line and we shouldn’t and then lose the challenge.

“Then for the second goal, he (Folarin) has four touches before he gets the shot off.

“Harrogate frustrate, they sit, they slow the game, they look to break.

“What we ideally needed today was a nice slick playing surface but it was anything but.

“The pitch was poor today and that made the game so much harder.

“But we got 1-0 up and we’d done the hard work, so to then concede the two goals is really, really disappointing.

“If you look at Harrogate’s games and the way they play, they don’t have many shots or opportunities; we’ve had 20 shots on goal today.

“There’s no way we should lose that game but we’ve managed to do it.”

Garner added on Chay Cooper scoring: “It was a wonderful goal – it was great technique.

“Chay did great and there were a lot of good performances out there today.”

Here’s how fans reacted as Colchester sack their manager after the latest defeat sees them in the League Two relegation zone…

@ChristianElwis: Premature this I think but I said it after last week – while the players aren’t performing well, I don’t think Garner was putting them in a position to succeed. Something clearly wrong with how we are setting up. So if there is no plan B from him, better to get rid now.

@Clachan1GK: Well we knew that was going to happen it’s harsh but the players only have themselves to blame simple as

@DanJB1983: Will be interesting to see who’s coming in but the club needs some sort of stability. Can’t keep changing the manager!

@DanielColU: Shocking. Our league position doesn’t represent our performances this season and this as a big mistake.

@jonCUFCwhiting: I did Like Garner and I liked his style of play. The players let down. I still think we need an external appointment as things aren’t going well enough to appoint within.

@ben86e02: That was inevitable. Back on the managerial merry-go-round then! 🙄

@KyleighHughes85: Awful decision!!! Can’t wait for the internal appointment!!

@Ih5677: Bold decision that

@stmlowe: Not a good decision, heaven knows who we will get now, the players did this

@nickandrews11: 🤦‍♂️ Looking forward to going back to a cheap internal appointment, playing 1 upfront and hoofing the ball from the back, narrowly avoiding relegation in May. Nothing wrong with the style of football this season but the players ill discipline & lack of concentration let Garner down

@RichSwin: Joke. He’s had the boys playing levels above. What’s changed recently? The players aren’t going to change. They had the right man and reacted far too early. Shame. Young players are always going to make mistakes. They had 2x shots on target today. 100% strike rate. 😪

@cbdn_fit: Phrase ‘read the room’ springs to mind. Odd after a poor run of form to hear the fans adamant it’s the wrong decision.

@Bomberbob22: Absolute shambles this club has been since it left Layer rd in particular the last few seasons which has seen a revolving door for managers , who on earth would wanna go there

@glenister_andy: Slightly shocked but something wasn’t right… problem is I feel we should have binned off some players rather than a manager who was trying (albeit it struggling) to change the club! #colu

@TheMarkHowarth: Very strange move.

@IanH1989: I liked Garner style of football but defensively looked terrible – perhaps Garner was being honest about the club privately and Cowling didn’t like it, happen with Keen and Mcgreal. Circus continues.

@CufcJosh06: Absolutely diabolical decision

@GCC_1991: Shame it’s not a statement about the club being put up for sale. Nothings going to change

@maaxaaam: Awful awful decision. Way too early. He was one of the few reasons I was still positive about this season

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