Date: 2nd September 2009 at 7:44am
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Joe Dunne still has a “big future” at Colchester – even as a new manager prepares to take over following last night`s loss away to Gillingham.

Those, anyway, were the most recent words of dual Chairman-owner, Robbie Cowling, as most U`s fans hope the well-endeared caretaker is assured a long-term place at the Essex club amid more changing times following Paul Lambert`s departure.

In an interview recorded during Saturday`s league game with Leeds, aired again last night during BBC Radio Essex coverage of the Football League Trophy, he established: “Joe`s got a big future at the cub and I think perhaps one of the lessons learned here is that to make sure we do keep that link with people that have been at the club a long time – maybe we lost that a little bit in the last regime.”

Dunne, who said last night in the Evening Gazette the short spell in temporary charge had improved him as a potential future first-team manager received a fulsome endorsement from Cowling about the way he has completed his work.

Joe`s been fantastic. It`s really gelled the club together. I think the fans where fantastic, especially that evening [during the Gillingham league game fifteen days ago] , the staff were brilliant and for Joe, it`s been absolutely excellent; he`s really stepped up to the mark and I`ve enjoyed working with him tremendously over the last week or so.”

It recently transpired that a pre-agreement of Lambert`s contract terms as U`s manager stipulated that Dunne was kept on at the club in his promoted capacity as reserve-team coach, which in light what eventually followed, proved a very smart move by the club indeed.

Joe Dunne title photo reproduced with kind permission of CU-FC – taken by Rob Sambrook.



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