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‘It’s not about me’ – U’s boss McGreal on his Rovers return

PUBLISHED: 15:02 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:10 06 September 2018

U's boss John McGreal, who was back at his old club, Tranmere Rovers, where his footballing career started  . Picture: STEVE WALLER

U's boss John McGreal, who was back at his old club, Tranmere Rovers, where his footballing career started . Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, will be back on familiar turf when he takes his U’s team to Tranmere Rovers this weekend.

McGreal spent nine years as a senior professional at Prenton Park, after the Birkenhead-born defender had graduated from the youth team set-up.

He rattled up 195 league games during that time, and 233 in all competitions, before moving onto Ipswich Town.

This weekend will bring back happy memories for 46-year-old McGreal, who will cross swords with one of his old team-mates at Rovers, current boss Micky Mellon (also 46).

But McGreal remains focused on one thing – guiding his U’s team to another League Two away triumph, following a 3-1 win at Cheltenham Town last Saturday.

“I’ll be pleased to go back,” enthused McGreal, following this morning’s training session at Florence Park.

“I was delighted to see Tranmere get back into the Football League (play-off win over Boreham Wood in May).

“Micky Mellon has done really well there over the last couple of years, and I’ll be speaking to him soon because I need to get lots of tickets for my family and friends!

“But it’s not about me, it’s about our football club, Colchester United,” added McGreal.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst says there will be times he had to abandon his ideals, but that he is very clear about how he wants his team to play in the long run.

Grant Ward believes he is a good fit for Paul Hurst’s style of play at Ipswich Town but knows he needs a runs of game if he is to perform at a consistently high level.

Mike Bacon looks back on a week of such sadness with the loss of Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever player, Kevin Beattie

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren fill in the blank on some big Ipswich Town topics.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst has thanked supporters for sticking with him and the team following a nine-game winless start to the season.

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back to discuss the latest goings on at Ipswich Town.

Paul Hurst has been impressed with the form of goalkeeper Dean Gerken since the 33-year-old was brought into the side in place of Bartosz Bialkowski.

In this week’s Ipswich Town nostalgia, we look back to March 16, 2013, when skipper Carlos Edwards netted a late minute winner to see the Blues to a crucial 1-0 victory over Bolton at Portman Road.

In our new daily feature, we take a look back at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town history.

One of Ipswich Town’s greatest ever players was honoured with a testimonial match at Portman Road in 1982 for his service for the football club

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