Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: “It’s a bittersweet day for me, saying goodbye to not just a fantastic coach and person, but also a very close friend who’s been there alongside me for every step of the journey we’ve been on since I joined the club in 2009. But my over-riding emotion is pride for Blooms, earning this opportunity to prove what he can do as a manager and take all of his experiences from his time at Wycombe to turn Colchester around and get them up the league.

“Like with any player who attracts attention from elsewhere, we are not going to stand in the way of someone who has the chance to further their career. I have no doubt that he will cross paths again with Wycombe in the future and I know everyone here – the players, staff, fans and directors – will be keeping a close eye on how he gets on and sending him nothing but the very best wishes and support.”