“He’s somebody I have looked up to,” – Colchester United caretaker boss Wayne Brown

Wayne Brown, encouraged by the U's second-half reaction in today's home defeat to Barnsley

Wayne Brown, encouraged by the U's second-half reaction in today's home defeat to Barnsley - Credit: Richard Blaxall

Colchester United caretaker manager Wayne Brown, who progressed up through the Academy coaching ranks, under the guidance of former first-team boss Tony Humes, has been quick to praise the role of Humes over the last few years.

Former U's boss, Tony Humes

Former U's boss, Tony Humes - Credit: Richard Blaxall/Focus Images Ltd

Humes stood down as U’s boss last Thursday week, before that weekend’s 5-1 defeat at Burton, and it was Brown who was elevated to caretaker manager for last Sunday’s 3-2 win over Altrincham in the FA Cup.

“Let me just put it out there on record – I’ve got so much admiration and respect for Tony,” insisted Brown.

Humes departed after 15 months at the helm, and chairman Robbie Cowling is in the process of looking for a permanent successor, with Brown himself putting his name forward for the job.

Brown continued: “It’s been a little bit helter-skelter for me over the last few days, but I want to say a few words about Tony.

“He brought me into this football club, and gave me a chance to get back within this environment, to apply myself as a coach, and I’ve learnt so much off him.

“I think he has been a great help, not just for me, but for the progress of this club, moving it forward over the last seven or eight years that he has been here.

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“I don’t think people quite understand or realise the importance that Tony has played within the progression of this football club, so I am grateful to him for that.

“He’s somebody I have looked up to. He always has time for you, the way he went about his business, and his door was always open.

“That meant a lot, and goes a long way, not just for me but for the whole of the back-room staff.”

The U’s entertain bottom club Barnsley in a League One fixture this Saturday, with Brown again expected to be in charge on a caretaker basis.

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