Date: 27th November 2015 at 8:39am
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Colchester boss Tony Humes was this week sacked. Well, this was a ‘mutual agreement’ really following another midweek loss.

Robbie Cowling and Humes decided, following the defeat to struggling Crewe when Colchester allowed a two-goal lead to slip in the final 30-minutes in a three-two defeat, to part company.

A decision confirmed on the Official Website with this statement on Thursday.

‘Following Tuesday night’s game against Crewe Alexandra, Tony and Chairman Robbie Cowling met and the decision was taken that Humes and the club would go their separate ways.

‘Humes felt that his presence was becoming detrimental to the club and the young players that he had nurtured in his time at the U’s and it would be best to remove himself from the equation.

‘Robbie would like to place on record his thanks to Tony for his hard work, not only over the past fourteen months but throughout the years he has been at Colchester United.

‘Assistant boss Richard Hall and current U21s boss John McGreal will take charge of Saturday’s game at Burton Albion, assisted by Wayne Brown.

‘No further comment will be made by Colchester United at this time.’

Like the man he replaced, Joe Dunne, 15-months ago Humes had stepped up from another role from within the club but leaves the Weston Homes Community Stadium with Colchester having conceded 44-goals so far this season….

That is by far the worst in the Football League!

Cowling, speaking to the BBC, added Humes was coming in for, and some went ‘too far’, abuse and echoing the statement thoughts felt it was in the best interests of all concerned that he moved on with the U’s chairman agreeing.

‘We’re trying to bring young players through. Tony’s been at the club and coached some of those boys since their early teens.

‘He felt that his presence at the club now was detrimental to the club and to those boys’ careers. We’ve decided between us and agreed now that’s what we go forward with.’

The 49-year-old, who oversaw the League 1 escape on the final day of last season, had been continually backed by Cowling who previously said he didn’t want to sack him, admitted an internal appointment once more is most likely.

‘I can’t see me going outside the club. We have good people here already.’

As we know Humes’ assistant Richard Hall and U21 boss John McGreal have taken caretaker charge along with Wayne Brown so one, or more, of these are likely to get the job full-time.


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