All quiet on the Colchester United manager’s front

Joe Dunne

Joe Dunne - Credit: Archant

It has been all quiet on the Colchester United front this morning, following yesterday’s dismal 4-0 home defeat to the then-bottom club, Notts County.

Manager Joe Dunne failed to appear for the post-match press conference, for the first time since he was appointed nearly 15 months ago, which sparked off rumours of a possible resignation amongst supporters.

Instead, his assistant, Mark Kinsella, addressed the press, while Dunne spoke to his players in the home dressing room after what had been a desperately disappointing performance.

Acting skipper Magnus Okuonghae also spoke to the press, in the wake of this damaging defeat – the final whistle was greeted by a chorus of boos, while a large section of U’s fans, especially in the South Stand, had already left the ground following County’s late third goal.

That mass exodus spoke volumes.


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Post-match tweets from players have also been conspicuous by their absence, a very unusual state of affairs.

As yet, no official announcement has been made, or is planned, so it can be assumed that Dunne is still very much the U’s manager.

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The Dubliner had been contemplating resigning toward the end of his side’s nine-game losing streak last season, but remained to mastermind the club’s fine escape from relegation.

His cause this term has been seriously hampered by a glut of injuries to key players, including summer signing Sanchez Watt and leading scorer Freddie Sears.

And in truth, the U’s have been a much more resilient side this season – it must also be remembered that Dunne’s men had won their previous home game, impressing in a 3-1 victory over MK Dons.

But Saturday’s heavy home defeat was a real low point.

The U’s are away at Oldham next weekend.

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