EXCLUSIVE: Colchester narrow boss search to two prime candidates

Date published: Tuesday 14th July 2020 1:38

John McGreal TEAMtalk

League Two outfit Colchester United have already narrowed down their search for a new boss to two names, both of whom are well known to them.

The Us axed John McGreal on Tuesday despite the fact he led the club to the play-offs, before they lost out to Exeter.

Now Colchester want a new boss and they are to appoint either Steve Ball or Wayne Brown.

Ball, 50, was number two to McGreal and having also played for the club, has spent a number of years as part of the academy.

The other contender is 42-year-old Brown, who like Ball, has close links with Colchester, but has spent the last two-years in charge at non-league Maldon and Tiptree.

Brown guided the minnows to the FA Cup second round this season and is well respected in non-league circles.

Tough decision

TEAMtalk expects that either Ball or Brown will be appointed in the coming days, and it is believed they could even work together in some capacity.

A club statement from chairman Robbie Cowling read: “Colchester United are seeking a new first-team head coach.

“I spoke with John McGreal on Friday July 3 to explain that the club is going to be implementing a new plan that will see the first team being even more tightly aligned to the Academy and that I along with my three other directors, (Tony Humes, Tony Ashby and Jon De Souza), felt a change of first-team head coach was required if our new direction was to be successfully implemented.

“This was a very tough decision for a number of reasons, but not least because John has been First Team Head Coach for the last four years.

“This last season has been one of the club’s best seasons for a number of years and John should be very proud of his time in charge of the first team.”

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