Message to Colchester United fans – Be careful what you wish for!

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Be careful what you wish for!

Some Us fans, unhappy with the way that the club has slumped from the heady days of the Championship, since owner and chairman Robbie Cowling took over the club, are believed to be planning a mini-protest during tomorrow’s League Two home game against Leyton Orient.

They are intending to distribute small placards, emblazoned with the message – ‘Time for Change, Cowling Out’ – before the game, with the intention of them being raised after 10 minutes to mark Cowling’s 10 years at the helm.

And yet they might do well to acknowledge the experiences of tomorrow’s visitors, Leyton Orient, who are currently on their eighth manager (60-year-old Alberto Cavasin) in just over two years, since Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti took over the ownership of the club in the summer of 2014 from long-serving chairman Barry Hearn, who had a 19-year reign at Brisbane Road.

Most O’s fans would no doubt love to return to the more settled days under Hearn, especially when the East London club were pushing for promotion to the Championship.


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Since Hearn’s departure, the O’s have been relegated to the fourth tier, and now currently sit in the relegation zone, having lost seven of their first eight home league games at Brisbane Road.

It has been a dramatic fall from grace for the O’s, who were within a whisker of reaching the Championship in 2014, before new owner Becchetti took charge.

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They finished third in the table and reached the League One play-off final, drawing 2-2 with Rotherham before losing a penalty shoot-out.

The U’s suffered relegation to the fourth tier themselves at the end of last season, and are on a current run of no wins in eight league games, and no victories in 11 matches in all competitions.

There is no doubt that these are bleak times at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, with first round exits in the League Cup, FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy to boot.

But the U’s have had to cope with a big injury crisis, and owner and chairman Cowling himself has continued to support his managers, as well as putting in the money to establish the club’s training headquarters at Florence Park in Tiptree.

He sees the Academy as embodying the long-term future of the club, and has certainly put in a lot of time and money since he took over from former owner Peter Heard in 2006 (and as chairman in 2007).

Fans have every right to protest, and have their voices heard, but sometimes the grass is not always greener on the other side!

Just ask the average Leyton Orient supporter!

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