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Jon Waldron: My views on the U's
My interview with Robbie Cowling published in the Daily Gazette last week has certainly provoked a reaction among U's fans.
The Colchester United chairman has always felt passionately about his club, to which he has contributed so much over the years.
So having helped lay the foundations for a brighter tomorrow, it is perhaps unsurprising that Cowling should want to make his feelings known publicly about how he believes the U’s future progress is being hindered by constantly having to fight ‘needless battles’.
It was abundantly clear from the interview that Cowling is growing increasingly tired of having to overcome obstacles in the name of trying to help Colchester prosper as a club.
He is amazed they are not given more support and help from within the town - particularly from key figures and bodies - and is still smarting at failing to secure elite status for the club’s academy system, something which he has taken a keen interest and invested heavily in.
The problems that have dogged the U’s Florence Park training ground in Tiptree have left him exasperated, to the point where he has admitted that should they continue, it may lead to him seeking another project elsewhere in which to invest in.
That will clearly be of concern to Colchester fans but I don’t think they should be overly worried.
Cowling stressed he still has more enthusiasm than ever to bring long-term prosperity to the U’s and his commitment to the club over the past seven years or so cannot be called into question.
The rewards of his investment are already being seen in the shape of the club’s batch of talented young players currently in Joe Dunne’s first-team squad.
Three such players – Tosin Olufemi, Drey Wright and Alex Gilbey - were on the pitch at the end of the U’s 1-1 draw against Carlisle United.
Colchester are only taking the first steps in ensuring a prosperous future for themselves through the development of young players.
But judging by their reaction to his words of warning, U’s fans want it to be with Cowling at the helm.
How helpful it would be if the rest of the town followed suit.
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