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One year on and Dunne believes the U's have made progress
8:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport
JOE Dunne celebrated his one-year anniversary as Colchester United manager yesterday– and believes the U’s have made strides on and off the pitch during his reign.
But he has warned they still have plenty of work to do if his side are to assume the identity he is striving for.
Dunne’s time in the Weston Homes Community Stadium hot seat has certainly been eventful.
Having adopted a more attacking style of football, he helped steer Colchester to League One safety last season with a plethora of players coming and going since he took over.
The Irishman has signed a total of 24 players since his appointment, five of them on a permanent basis.
Dunne, who takes his U’s side to play struggling Bristol City tomorrow, thinks his squad have improved since he took over from predecessor John Ward, last September.
He said: “It’s gone quickly. A lot has happened in the last year and I wouldn’t say that it’s been boring!
“There’s been considerable change but it’s been a year where I’ve seen progress, both on and off the pitch.
“I’ve seen players get better and I believe we’ve brought some quality players in.
“There’s also been a change of emphasis in how we play.
“My goal has always been to create an identity for the team and for the club and I think we’re on our way to that. I think if you go and watch Colchester now you know what you’re going to get – you’re going to see a team that tries to play football and tries to move and pass the ball.
“I think there are exciting times ahead but we’re nowhere near there yet. When you change as radically as we’ve done, we’ll win games and lose games.
“But what’s important if we’re not going to win games is that we’re hard to beat. We’re still working to where I want us to be as a team and as a club and we’ll get there for sure, I’m positive of that.”
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