Supporters’ group backs Cowling’s approach at Colchester United as Tony Humes leaves as manager

Jon Burns, chairman of Colchester United Supporters' Association.

Jon Burns, chairman of Colchester United Supporters' Association.

The chairman of the Colchester United Supporters’ Association (CUSA) has backed the approach taken by the club’s chairman in the wake of the latest managerial sacking.

Manager Tony Humes left the club yesterday, following four defeats on the trot.

Jon Burns, CUSA chairman, said: “It is a difficult day and it seems to happen about this time every year. It is a real shame the club is going through this again.

“I have respect for Tony Humes, he was under immense pressure and decided to call it a day. I feel sorry for him and disappointed we have to change managers again.

“We need to move forwards and try to get a manager who can get the best out of the players.”

Col U chairman Robbie Cowling said yesterday he did not expect to appoint from outside of the club.

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“I can see why he is doing that because it keeps continuity from the academy upwards, the style of play,” said Mr Burns.

“I don’t regard it as a cheap alternative, and I am sure if someone suitable did knock on his door Robbie would give him his ear.

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“Any outside manager who wants to come in needs to understand what makes us tick, and the budget constraints. We have some very good people behind the scenes.

“Fans will at this stage go and see who is out of work. Alan Curbishley’s name always gets mentioned a lot. Maybe an external viewpoint might be good for the players.

“Perhaps a mixture of both would be best – either someone who used to be at the club, or a new assistant manager from outside. I just hope the next appointment is not one we are speaking about again in a year’s time, that they are successful.”

U’s legend Kem Izzet has said he would love to have the job working with another former player Karl Duguid.

Mr Burns added: “We have some very good players who are shot to bits confidence-wise and they need help. As do the fans, who want to see the club playing as well as back in September – when Tony Humes was nearly manager of the month.

“It is very important the fans get behind the next appointment, and give them time, as well as continuing to give strong support to the players.”

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