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  • "It is true to say that since we have not been at Layer Road our fortunes have well and truly turned for the worse. We seem to constantly be battling both costs and negativity from the management of the club who, it would appear, have already accepted that if we get relegated next season, then that is acceptable. Thanks Mr Cowling. I can only say that the reason many players do not join Colchester is because of a lack of true ambition. That is what we need, committed players and management that fight for the cause and want better than league division one. That can only be a good thing, not presupposing we get relegated to the second division. And we wondered where the negative attitude came from. Surely if we can improve and push on then that is in everyone's interest. With the current crop of players and management at the helm, I foresee as I did before last season, and despite my optimism when I purchased a season ticket, I did state that we would struggle and so it proved. I only hope my beloved U's can prove me wrong."
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U's supremo is full of praise for hard-working Dunne

Essex County Standard: Delighted - U's chairman Robbie Cowling says manager Joe Dunne is the hardest-working manager he has ever worked with. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO47693-42) Delighted - U's chairman Robbie Cowling says manager Joe Dunne is the hardest-working manager he has ever worked with. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO47693-42)

Robbie Cowling has hailed tireless Joe Dunne for keeping Colchester United in League One for another year.

But the U’s chairman admits he is braced for another testing campaign next season, in the wake of further budget cuts.

Cowling has worked with Geraint Williams, Paul Lambert, Aidy Boothroyd and John Ward during his seven-year spell at the U’s helm.

But he regards current Colchester boss Dunne as the hardest-working of those managers.

And ahead of the club’s glitzy awards dinner at the Weston Homes Community Stadium tonight, Cowling feels a well-earned rest for the Irishman is long overdue.

“I’m absolutely delighted for Joe,” said Cowling, who saw Colchester secure a 16th-place league finish this season.

“He’s the hardest-working manager I’ve ever worked with and it’s been the same again, this year.

“I want Joe to now take a good couple of weeks off, where he doesn’t think about it at all.

“I know that he doesn’t find it easy fighting a relegation battle with Colchester.

“But at the moment, that’s where we are and I’m sure it would be the same with any other manager."

For more on this story and all of the other latest Colchester United news, see Friday's Daily Gazette.

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