…And another Colchester United player speaks out about Paul Lambert’s poor player treatment.
Highly-rated winger Medy Elito has today confessed that he came close to leaving the Weston Homes Community Stadium before former boss Lambert’s shock resignation. The YTS product was frozen out of the first-team, along with Matt Lockwood, full-back Phil Ifil & forward Jamie Guy. Defensive duo John White & Matt Heath were also loaned away from the club thanks to the Scotsman’s controversial management style.
Elito told the EADT: ‘It’s been a great turnaround for me. It’s good to be back at Colchester United.
‘I’m looking forward to the future now, and looking forward to kicking on.’
The England youth international declared how Lambert told him not to train with the other players – forcing him to train solo as well as with another club.
‘The old manager had other plans for me. He told me that I did not show him enough.
‘I was still at the club, but the manager said that he didn’t want me training with the team. So I had to train on my own, as well as training at another couple of clubs,’ the 19-year-old wide-man explained.
Following Lambert’s move to the U’s League One rivals Norwich City, club reserve-team Joe Dunne took over first-team duties and helped to relight Elito’s U’s career in the process.
‘I was so pleased to get the phone call from Joe. I had really, truly began to think that I would not be coming back to Colchester, not with the old manager still here. In fact, I was meant to sign for someone until Joe phoned,’ Elito added.
So Elito’s comments once again emphasis how Lambert’s exit came just in time for the U’s – and saved the club from losing one of their most highly-touted youngsters…
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