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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8:33am Fri 9 May 14

angryman!!! says...

Can the clubs pr people have a word. It's annoying every season talking about relegation and negativity before pre season has started. Hardly inspiring and very unlikely to attract the casual fan
Can the clubs pr people have a word. It's annoying every season talking about relegation and negativity before pre season has started. Hardly inspiring and very unlikely to attract the casual fan angryman!!!
  • Score: 23

8:34am Fri 9 May 14

crazy comments says...

Yes a break from work can do wonders. Joe will come back refreshed.
Though a few of us, have not agreed with Joe's tactics its good hearing him get praise from his chairman. Hard work will bring him success, but it will take time. Rome was not built in a day.
Yes a break from work can do wonders. Joe will come back refreshed. Though a few of us, have not agreed with Joe's tactics its good hearing him get praise from his chairman. Hard work will bring him success, but it will take time. Rome was not built in a day. crazy comments
  • Score: 10

9:00am Fri 9 May 14

Steve1210 says...

Ambition.
Ambition. Steve1210
  • Score: 33

9:25am Fri 9 May 14

Ontheball says...

With tweedledum and tweedledee in charge don't expect anything less than another long long slog to avoid relegation again next season.
With tweedledum and tweedledee in charge don't expect anything less than another long long slog to avoid relegation again next season. Ontheball
  • Score: 51

10:42am Fri 9 May 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Even the chairman admits it will be another relegation fighting season. No ambition is right other than to flood the first team with academy players. Yet again there is unlikely to be any cup run to help boost the following years budget. As honest as the chairman's statement is, it's going to be a big turnoff for several supporters. The reality is the club are going to mirror the town, a place easily forgotten and a complete nonentity.
Even the chairman admits it will be another relegation fighting season. No ambition is right other than to flood the first team with academy players. Yet again there is unlikely to be any cup run to help boost the following years budget. As honest as the chairman's statement is, it's going to be a big turnoff for several supporters. The reality is the club are going to mirror the town, a place easily forgotten and a complete nonentity. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 28

11:07am Fri 9 May 14

davidwelham says...

Give Robbie and Joe a break they are working hard to bring success but as already pointed out Rome wasnt built in a day. We are a lot better of than most clubs in League One.
Give Robbie and Joe a break they are working hard to bring success but as already pointed out Rome wasnt built in a day. We are a lot better of than most clubs in League One. davidwelham
  • Score: -15

11:13am Fri 9 May 14

Bampotonian says...

That's the level of our ambition folks - our aim is just to stay in the league! We'd better get used to it...
That's the level of our ambition folks - our aim is just to stay in the league! We'd better get used to it... Bampotonian
  • Score: 22

1:45pm Fri 9 May 14

itsawedge says...

Why so many negative postings. We are 1 of only 92 league teams
( I include the prem.) in the country, we have a chairman who put's his own money in and a manager who works his nuts off for the club.

Chill out, enjoy the summer, and look forward to next season.
Why so many negative postings. We are 1 of only 92 league teams ( I include the prem.) in the country, we have a chairman who put's his own money in and a manager who works his nuts off for the club. Chill out, enjoy the summer, and look forward to next season. itsawedge
  • Score: -3

10:59pm Fri 9 May 14

crazy comments says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Even the chairman admits it will be another relegation fighting season. No ambition is right other than to flood the first team with academy players. Yet again there is unlikely to be any cup run to help boost the following years budget. As honest as the chairman's statement is, it's going to be a big turnoff for several supporters. The reality is the club are going to mirror the town, a place easily forgotten and a complete nonentity.
Come on Baz things were pretty awful at times I know last season , but with a few bits of the dead wood now moved out, and if a few more talented young players can be bought in,then things could change for the better next season. You only have to look at the amount of clubs shipping out players that most teams will not be as strong as some of the bigger fish in the league.

We have all said our piece, and its obvious Joe will still be our manager come start next season. If Joe Dunne can get in a good centre back and front man it could just make the difference.
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Even the chairman admits it will be another relegation fighting season. No ambition is right other than to flood the first team with academy players. Yet again there is unlikely to be any cup run to help boost the following years budget. As honest as the chairman's statement is, it's going to be a big turnoff for several supporters. The reality is the club are going to mirror the town, a place easily forgotten and a complete nonentity.[/p][/quote]Come on Baz things were pretty awful at times I know last season , but with a few bits of the dead wood now moved out, and if a few more talented young players can be bought in,then things could change for the better next season. You only have to look at the amount of clubs shipping out players that most teams will not be as strong as some of the bigger fish in the league. We have all said our piece, and its obvious Joe will still be our manager come start next season. If Joe Dunne can get in a good centre back and front man it could just make the difference. crazy comments
  • Score: 2

1:49am Sat 10 May 14

southstand says...

crazy comments wrote:
BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Even the chairman admits it will be another relegation fighting season. No ambition is right other than to flood the first team with academy players. Yet again there is unlikely to be any cup run to help boost the following years budget. As honest as the chairman's statement is, it's going to be a big turnoff for several supporters. The reality is the club are going to mirror the town, a place easily forgotten and a complete nonentity.
Come on Baz things were pretty awful at times I know last season , but with a few bits of the dead wood now moved out, and if a few more talented young players can be bought in,then things could change for the better next season. You only have to look at the amount of clubs shipping out players that most teams will not be as strong as some of the bigger fish in the league.

We have all said our piece, and its obvious Joe will still be our manager come start next season. If Joe Dunne can get in a good centre back and front man it could just make the difference.
Well said crazy, onwards and upwards!
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Even the chairman admits it will be another relegation fighting season. No ambition is right other than to flood the first team with academy players. Yet again there is unlikely to be any cup run to help boost the following years budget. As honest as the chairman's statement is, it's going to be a big turnoff for several supporters. The reality is the club are going to mirror the town, a place easily forgotten and a complete nonentity.[/p][/quote]Come on Baz things were pretty awful at times I know last season , but with a few bits of the dead wood now moved out, and if a few more talented young players can be bought in,then things could change for the better next season. You only have to look at the amount of clubs shipping out players that most teams will not be as strong as some of the bigger fish in the league. We have all said our piece, and its obvious Joe will still be our manager come start next season. If Joe Dunne can get in a good centre back and front man it could just make the difference.[/p][/quote]Well said crazy, onwards and upwards! southstand
  • Score: 0

2:11am Sat 10 May 14

angryman!!! says...

So blue and white what towns are so amazing and have these great football clubs you talk of
So blue and white what towns are so amazing and have these great football clubs you talk of angryman!!!
  • Score: -3

10:16am Sat 10 May 14

linton68 says...

Nice to hear mr Cowling backing Joe Dunne. Rightly so too. Keeping Colchester in league 1, against all the odds, and on such tight restraints, is quite remarkable. The prospect of young academy players coming through is very exiting. My season ticket for the coming season is price frozen, and one of my boys (under 8 FREE). So here's to next season and hopefully a top 6 finish.
Nice to hear mr Cowling backing Joe Dunne. Rightly so too. Keeping Colchester in league 1, against all the odds, and on such tight restraints, is quite remarkable. The prospect of young academy players coming through is very exiting. My season ticket for the coming season is price frozen, and one of my boys (under 8 FREE). So here's to next season and hopefully a top 6 finish. linton68
  • Score: -2

10:51am Sat 10 May 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

crazy comments wrote:
BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Even the chairman admits it will be another relegation fighting season. No ambition is right other than to flood the first team with academy players. Yet again there is unlikely to be any cup run to help boost the following years budget. As honest as the chairman's statement is, it's going to be a big turnoff for several supporters. The reality is the club are going to mirror the town, a place easily forgotten and a complete nonentity.
Come on Baz things were pretty awful at times I know last season , but with a few bits of the dead wood now moved out, and if a few more talented young players can be bought in,then things could change for the better next season. You only have to look at the amount of clubs shipping out players that most teams will not be as strong as some of the bigger fish in the league.

We have all said our piece, and its obvious Joe will still be our manager come start next season. If Joe Dunne can get in a good centre back and front man it could just make the difference.
Crazy, it was not just last season was it that things have been bad, the club hasn't got going since it's been at the stadium. I'm just well hacked off with it to be honest and I feel it isn't going to change! Don't think the club have even been bothered with putting together a decent cup run to generate enthusiasm in the whole time we've been at cuckoo farm.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Even the chairman admits it will be another relegation fighting season. No ambition is right other than to flood the first team with academy players. Yet again there is unlikely to be any cup run to help boost the following years budget. As honest as the chairman's statement is, it's going to be a big turnoff for several supporters. The reality is the club are going to mirror the town, a place easily forgotten and a complete nonentity.[/p][/quote]Come on Baz things were pretty awful at times I know last season , but with a few bits of the dead wood now moved out, and if a few more talented young players can be bought in,then things could change for the better next season. You only have to look at the amount of clubs shipping out players that most teams will not be as strong as some of the bigger fish in the league. We have all said our piece, and its obvious Joe will still be our manager come start next season. If Joe Dunne can get in a good centre back and front man it could just make the difference.[/p][/quote]Crazy, it was not just last season was it that things have been bad, the club hasn't got going since it's been at the stadium. I'm just well hacked off with it to be honest and I feel it isn't going to change! Don't think the club have even been bothered with putting together a decent cup run to generate enthusiasm in the whole time we've been at cuckoo farm. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Sat 10 May 14

Ozzie says...

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.
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. Ozzie
  • Score: 0

2:16pm Tue 13 May 14

stevedawson says...

Next year rodney will be in the playoffs!!
Next year rodney will be in the playoffs!! stevedawson
  • Score: -1

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