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U's stand-in boss Dunne has burning desire to succeed
Joe Dunne wants to be Colchester United manager on a permanent basis.
And the U’s caretaker boss is determined to take his chance in the hot seat with both hands.
Colchester stalwart Dunne has been handed the reigns at the Weston Homes Community Stadium , following the departure of John Ward on Monday.
He is the bookmakers’ favourite to be given the job on a full-time basis.
The 39-year-old had a spell in temporary charge of the U’s three years ago, following Paul Lambert’s shock departure to Norwich City.
But this time he believes things are different - and he is fully focused on stamping his own mark on the role.
Dunne said: “It gives me an opportunity and I do want the job.
“Last time around, it was a case of looking after things until the next manager was appointed.
“When Paul Lambert went, we needed to stabilise things.
“The captain Dean Hammond had gone and David Perkins had asked for a transfer.
“I was dealing with those things as first team coach but this time it’s different.
“I want to try and put my stamp on it.
“If I don’t do that I might regret it and let myself down and there’s no grey area.
“I have a burning desire and ambition to do well and I want to get my own ideas and philosophy across.
“That philosophy has to be the same from top to bottom at the football club.
“I want total respect from everybody who represents this club."
See Wednesday's Gazette for more on this story and all the latest on Colchester United's managerial situation.