Ward eager to keep U's squad together

Essex County Standard: Final flourish - Colchester United's players celebrate their third goal in the 4-2 win over Tranmere Rovers. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO56242-35) Final flourish - Colchester United's players celebrate their third goal in the 4-2 win over Tranmere Rovers. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO56242-35)

Colchester United manager John Ward led his side to victory in their final home game – and then reiterated his desire to keep his squad together for next season.

The U’s signed off their campaign at the Weston Homes Community Stadium with a well-deserved 4-2 win over Tranmere Rovers.

With a number of Colchester players out of contract this summer, some of the current squad may have played their final game in front of the U’s faithful.

However, Ward wants to keep his team together and build on what looks likely to be a third successive top-ten finish, in League One.

Ward said: “We’ve finished in a top-ten place in the last two seasons and we want to do it again this season.

“You’re going to be a tough taskmaster if you want more than that but I do want a bit more than that – of course I do.

“I want to keep this group together if I can.

“There’s going to be changes here this summer but I’ve not had any problems with any of my players.

“The way that they have gone about it and their attitude has been brilliant and if they do get a move to a higher level, I’ll be the first to congratulate them.

“If they want to stay here, I’ll be the first to congratulate them on that, too.

“I would never knock that back from a player at all and they have to have the ambition to play at a higher level.

“I think there’s a lot more to come from these players but whether or not I can keep them together, I don’t know.”

See Monday's Gazette for more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including a full match report, pictures and reaction to the U's 4-2 win over Tranmere Rovers.

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11:06am Mon 30 Apr 12

crazy comments says...

I sincerely hope that we can keep the basis of the team together. Its a pity That J.W. has not got the cash to splash as I feel we can easily be a top six side with two extra good players added. This season we have missed out with so many draws when if we could have won another four games instead, we would easily be in the play offs. I'm hoping J.W. next season will take a few more gambles by playing some youth and not looking to play defending football away from home with just one man up front. If you look at the teams promoted Reading,Southampton, Charlton, Shef wed, and Swindon they all play with an atacking wide flank man with two men up front. You need a Antonia type player in your team to open the other teams defence at the back. Ive watched the U's since the Peter Wright days and it was always important then to have a good winger. I feel sure you would then see Woody really flourish,with a wide man to pass to and combine with. Ive watched a few more games than usual this season and there is some good teams out there. The standards are now getting higher than higher. With the new training ground in place for next season lets hope the players can get a bit more fitter, because in quite a few games they never loked at their best. To me the best signing this latter part of the season was Swindon getting Paul Benson from Charlton. Parkinson wanted him but Benson failed a medical at Bradford, so Swindon took him on. Playing for Swindon you have to be in peak fitness for Di Canio but has proved what a good signing he was for nothing. I mentioned many times on here regards this player and though not always right I feel he was a player we should have gone for. I dont agree with all what J.W. does but rest assured I will still be giving my support to him and the team for next season. Ive got a good feeling for next season and with just a few changes I feel confident we can be in the top six. We badly need more supporters in the staduim to get behind the team,and the only people that can help do that is Mr Cowling and J.W.
I sincerely hope that we can keep the basis of the team together. Its a pity That J.W. has not got the cash to splash as I feel we can easily be a top six side with two extra good players added. This season we have missed out with so many draws when if we could have won another four games instead, we would easily be in the play offs. I'm hoping J.W. next season will take a few more gambles by playing some youth and not looking to play defending football away from home with just one man up front. If you look at the teams promoted Reading,Southampton, Charlton, Shef wed, and Swindon they all play with an atacking wide flank man with two men up front. You need a Antonia type player in your team to open the other teams defence at the back. Ive watched the U's since the Peter Wright days and it was always important then to have a good winger. I feel sure you would then see Woody really flourish,with a wide man to pass to and combine with. Ive watched a few more games than usual this season and there is some good teams out there. The standards are now getting higher than higher. With the new training ground in place for next season lets hope the players can get a bit more fitter, because in quite a few games they never loked at their best. To me the best signing this latter part of the season was Swindon getting Paul Benson from Charlton. Parkinson wanted him but Benson failed a medical at Bradford, so Swindon took him on. Playing for Swindon you have to be in peak fitness for Di Canio but has proved what a good signing he was for nothing. I mentioned many times on here regards this player and though not always right I feel he was a player we should have gone for. I dont agree with all what J.W. does but rest assured I will still be giving my support to him and the team for next season. Ive got a good feeling for next season and with just a few changes I feel confident we can be in the top six. We badly need more supporters in the staduim to get behind the team,and the only people that can help do that is Mr Cowling and J.W. crazy comments
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11:41am Mon 30 Apr 12

TheCaptain says...

Next year could be the best chance for a long time to go up. Most of the "big teams" will have gone. Charlton and one if not both Sheffield sides.

The sides coming done aren't that scary, Doncaster, Pompey with money problems and Coventry (possibly will be decent).

Gone are the days of Norwich, Southampton and Leeds in the divison. However two seasons time might be different again.
Next year could be the best chance for a long time to go up. Most of the "big teams" will have gone. Charlton and one if not both Sheffield sides. The sides coming done aren't that scary, Doncaster, Pompey with money problems and Coventry (possibly will be decent). Gone are the days of Norwich, Southampton and Leeds in the divison. However two seasons time might be different again. TheCaptain
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1:04pm Mon 30 Apr 12

angryman!!! says...

Agree with the last comment, with the teams coming in and out of the league at both ends there doesn't seem to be that gulf, if we could keep the team together, and get Rowlands and another finisher we would def be playoff contenders
Agree with the last comment, with the teams coming in and out of the league at both ends there doesn't seem to be that gulf, if we could keep the team together, and get Rowlands and another finisher we would def be playoff contenders angryman!!!
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6:56pm Mon 30 Apr 12

RB, Lexden says...

If the U's draw at Notts County on Saturday,they will equal the club record for the highest number of league draws in a season - twenty one - which was set last season.It means that John Ward's team has now drawn forty one of its last ninety one league games.Coincidentally
,the U's average league attendance has slumped by thirty per cent in three years.It is down from 5,529 in 2009-2010 to 3,865 this season.That figure would have been even lower if it hadn't been for visiting fans from Charlton,Stevenage and the Sheffield clubs.This season's average league gate,3,865,is down nine per cent on last season's average league gate.
If the decline in support continues at the current rate,the U's,in two years' time,will be playing at a WHCS
which is less than a third full.
If the U's draw at Notts County on Saturday,they will equal the club record for the highest number of league draws in a season - twenty one - which was set last season.It means that John Ward's team has now drawn forty one of its last ninety one league games.Coincidentally ,the U's average league attendance has slumped by thirty per cent in three years.It is down from 5,529 in 2009-2010 to 3,865 this season.That figure would have been even lower if it hadn't been for visiting fans from Charlton,Stevenage and the Sheffield clubs.This season's average league gate,3,865,is down nine per cent on last season's average league gate. If the decline in support continues at the current rate,the U's,in two years' time,will be playing at a WHCS which is less than a third full. RB, Lexden
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9:20pm Mon 30 Apr 12

crazy comments says...

RB, Lexden wrote:
If the U's draw at Notts County on Saturday,they will equal the club record for the highest number of league draws in a season - twenty one - which was set last season.It means that John Ward's team has now drawn forty one of its last ninety one league games.Coincidentally

,the U's average league attendance has slumped by thirty per cent in three years.It is down from 5,529 in 2009-2010 to 3,865 this season.That figure would have been even lower if it hadn't been for visiting fans from Charlton,Stevenage and the Sheffield clubs.This season's average league gate,3,865,is down nine per cent on last season's average league gate.
If the decline in support continues at the current rate,the U's,in two years' time,will be playing at a WHCS
which is less than a third full.
Food for thought .Perhaps a few people will open their eyes wide to these attendance fiqures. I dont keep **** for nothing. I want my club to survive and without changes it will fail.
[quote][p][bold]RB, Lexden[/bold] wrote: If the U's draw at Notts County on Saturday,they will equal the club record for the highest number of league draws in a season - twenty one - which was set last season.It means that John Ward's team has now drawn forty one of its last ninety one league games.Coincidentally ,the U's average league attendance has slumped by thirty per cent in three years.It is down from 5,529 in 2009-2010 to 3,865 this season.That figure would have been even lower if it hadn't been for visiting fans from Charlton,Stevenage and the Sheffield clubs.This season's average league gate,3,865,is down nine per cent on last season's average league gate. If the decline in support continues at the current rate,the U's,in two years' time,will be playing at a WHCS which is less than a third full.[/p][/quote]Food for thought .Perhaps a few people will open their eyes wide to these attendance fiqures. I dont keep **** for nothing. I want my club to survive and without changes it will fail. crazy comments
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9:35pm Mon 30 Apr 12

crazy comments says...

TheCaptain wrote:
Next year could be the best chance for a long time to go up. Most of the "big teams" will have gone. Charlton and one if not both Sheffield sides.

The sides coming done aren't that scary, Doncaster, Pompey with money problems and Coventry (possibly will be decent).

Gone are the days of Norwich, Southampton and Leeds in the divison. However two seasons time might be different again.
Tend to agree with you, most of the big teams will have gone but do not under estimate Swindon. I will being be having a few quid on them for promotion again if Di Canio stays.No big names in their squad but the work ethic is spot on.
[quote][p][bold]TheCaptain[/bold] wrote: Next year could be the best chance for a long time to go up. Most of the "big teams" will have gone. Charlton and one if not both Sheffield sides. The sides coming done aren't that scary, Doncaster, Pompey with money problems and Coventry (possibly will be decent). Gone are the days of Norwich, Southampton and Leeds in the divison. However two seasons time might be different again.[/p][/quote]Tend to agree with you, most of the big teams will have gone but do not under estimate Swindon. I will being be having a few quid on them for promotion again if Di Canio stays.No big names in their squad but the work ethic is spot on. crazy comments
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9:22am Tue 1 May 12

TheCaptain says...

Yes Swindon a very good team
Yes Swindon a very good team TheCaptain
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8:01pm Wed 2 May 12

DingDingU's says...

Agree with most of above comments,if we could get Rowlands and Otoole to sign plus a decent striker we might have a small chance.I for one will support the club through thick an thin,and the people of Colchester should get of there backsides and get behind the team.UP THE U,s
Agree with most of above comments,if we could get Rowlands and Otoole to sign plus a decent striker we might have a small chance.I for one will support the club through thick an thin,and the people of Colchester should get of there backsides and get behind the team.UP THE U,s DingDingU's
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