Who’s in the frame to replace Tony Humes as Colchester United manager
Following Tony Humes’ departure as Colchester United manager yesterday, Carl Marston looks at the leading candidates to replace him.
Ex-Tranmere, Ipswich Town and Burnley defender McGreal, the head of youth development, will be in joint charge this weekend. The 43-year-old is a strong contender, with chairman Robbie Cowling admitting: “I can’t see myself going outside the club.”
Humes’ assistant for the last 15 months, Hall will be in joint charge with McGreal at Burton. The 43-year-old, a youth teamer at Ipswich before operating as a centre-half for Scunthorpe, Southampton and West Ham, has been a member of the U’s backroom staff since 2009.
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Midfielder Izzet made 422 league appearances for the U’s, between 2001 and 2013. The 35-year-old is currently at Ryman Premier side Needham Market, but told the East Anglian Daily Times last night that he would relish the opportunity to manage his beloved U’s.
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Although he too has an Ipswich Town background, former centre-half Brown is best known for leading the U’s to promotion to the Championship, back in 2005-06. Brown, 38, has been a key member of the Academy and will be assisting both Hall and McGreal this weekend.
‘Legend’ is an over-used word, but Duguid truly is a U’s legend. Now aged 37, Duguid rattled up an amazing 415 league games for the U’s, having graduated from the youth team in the mid-1990s. He would love a chance to manage, alongside Izzet.