Joe Dunne leaves role as Colchester United manager

Dunne leaves U's

Dunne leaves U's

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Joe Dunne has left his role at Colchester United by mutual consent.

Dunne has departed his position as U's manager after nearly two years in charge, following a disappointing start to the new League One season.

Colchester have failed to win any of their five league games so far this season and made an early exit from the Capital One Cup.

And now Dunne left his role in the hot seat, ending an 18-year association with the club as player, coach and manager.

U's chairman Robbie Cowling said: "Joe has done a remarkable job as manager of Colchester United over the past two seasons and has been a remarkable servant for the club for many years.

"He is a Colchester United legend and I am grateful for the way he kept our club in League One during these challenging times.

"I wish him all the best for the future."

Dunne, who was a popular figure in his playing days with the U's, was appointed as Colchester manager in September 2012, having previously worked as assistant manager alongside his predecessor John Ward.

He made a hugely impressive start to his time as manager, winning five of his opening six matches in charge.

But after suffering a humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of non-league neighbours Chelmsford City, Colchester suffered a dramatic dip in form.

They lost nine games in a row leaving Dunne contemplating his resignation, before an upturn in results helped them to seal their survival at Carlisle United on the final day of the season.

It was a similar scenario for Colchester the following season but Dunne continued to try and enforce his philosophy of free-flowing football along with the integration of talented young players such as Alex Gilbey, Sammie Szmodics and Macauley Bonne.

The U's virtually sealed their League One status on the penultimate day of the season with a 4-1 win over Brentford.

But they have started this season without a win in five matches and that has resulted in Dunne leaving his post, only a few days before the two-year anniversary of his appointment as manager.

See the Daily Gazette website throughout the day for updates on this breaking story.

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11:30am Mon 1 Sep 14

Bampotonian says...

Who on earth is going to take on the poisoned chalice? A real shame as JD is Col U through and through, but probably thought he couldn't do a third season like King Canute against the inevitable. Good luck to him for the future, and also to whoever they get in his place.
Who on earth is going to take on the poisoned chalice? A real shame as JD is Col U through and through, but probably thought he couldn't do a third season like King Canute against the inevitable. Good luck to him for the future, and also to whoever they get in his place. Bampotonian
  • Score: 19

11:41am Mon 1 Sep 14

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

Nice gut but just wasn't up to the job.

Plenty of people out there with experience that will want to take the job. I just hope that we don't go for someone in-house again.

Good luck Joe.
Nice gut but just wasn't up to the job. Plenty of people out there with experience that will want to take the job. I just hope that we don't go for someone in-house again. Good luck Joe. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 3

11:46am Mon 1 Sep 14

stevedawson says...

Better for all concerned if this enevitable situation had happened in the week following the end of last season.who will want the job as deadline day comes to an end.some would say crafty old cowling no money to spend for a few months.should see a few more season tickets bought now.
Better for all concerned if this enevitable situation had happened in the week following the end of last season.who will want the job as deadline day comes to an end.some would say crafty old cowling no money to spend for a few months.should see a few more season tickets bought now. stevedawson
  • Score: 3

11:48am Mon 1 Sep 14

angryman!!! says...

Good luck. Venus will need some cash injection if we are expecting any better
Good luck. Venus will need some cash injection if we are expecting any better angryman!!!
  • Score: 1

11:52am Mon 1 Sep 14

Reducer says...

Joe gave Colchester United 18 years of service and deserves a huge amount of respect - I sincerely hope he goes onto bigger and better things. I also trust that those individuals who have consistently pursued an agenda to have him removed are now happy - well at least for the next 6 games anyway! The reality is that whoever gets the job will be out of favour within 6 games and the moans will start once more. When will people understand that you don't achieve long-term success by changing your manager every two seasons? Stability is what's needed and I'm afraid that isn't going to happen - how many managers is that under the stewardship of Mr Cowling? All have failed and the consistent factor is the chairman. I know it's his money but I'm afraid he hasn't got a clue how to run a football club - it's not just about results it's about creating and maintaining loyalty and CUFC hasn't been a 'club' since Peter Heard stepped aside. Who actually enjoys going to the WHCS?Let's hope an Italian multi-millionaire with mafia connections comes in with an offer that Cowling can't refuse - at least that would be fun!
Joe gave Colchester United 18 years of service and deserves a huge amount of respect - I sincerely hope he goes onto bigger and better things. I also trust that those individuals who have consistently pursued an agenda to have him removed are now happy - well at least for the next 6 games anyway! The reality is that whoever gets the job will be out of favour within 6 games and the moans will start once more. When will people understand that you don't achieve long-term success by changing your manager every two seasons? Stability is what's needed and I'm afraid that isn't going to happen - how many managers is that under the stewardship of Mr Cowling? All have failed and the consistent factor is the chairman. I know it's his money but I'm afraid he hasn't got a clue how to run a football club - it's not just about results it's about creating and maintaining loyalty and CUFC hasn't been a 'club' since Peter Heard stepped aside. Who actually enjoys going to the WHCS?Let's hope an Italian multi-millionaire with mafia connections comes in with an offer that Cowling can't refuse - at least that would be fun! Reducer
  • Score: 8

11:56am Mon 1 Sep 14

thillewe says...

Have to say I'm sorry to see him leave, poor guy has had no money to spend.
Not seen us play this season as in Australia but from what I've heard it's not been good. Question must be how long has this been in the pipe line? Typically on dead line day so no one in but may be someone out?
Have to say I'm sorry to see him leave, poor guy has had no money to spend. Not seen us play this season as in Australia but from what I've heard it's not been good. Question must be how long has this been in the pipe line? Typically on dead line day so no one in but may be someone out? thillewe
  • Score: -2

12:04pm Mon 1 Sep 14

JCC says...

If "mutual consent" means Robbie asked Joe to go, I reckon that's a big shame, as we have been playing well. It won't mean Joe has had enough, because he's no quitter. If both Robbie & Joe reckon we need a manager who can get the ball in the net, I just hope he's already on the train to North Station.
If "mutual consent" means Robbie asked Joe to go, I reckon that's a big shame, as we have been playing well. It won't mean Joe has had enough, because he's no quitter. If both Robbie & Joe reckon we need a manager who can get the ball in the net, I just hope he's already on the train to North Station. JCC
  • Score: -1

12:18pm Mon 1 Sep 14

old fan says...

Reducer wrote:
Joe gave Colchester United 18 years of service and deserves a huge amount of respect - I sincerely hope he goes onto bigger and better things. I also trust that those individuals who have consistently pursued an agenda to have him removed are now happy - well at least for the next 6 games anyway! The reality is that whoever gets the job will be out of favour within 6 games and the moans will start once more. When will people understand that you don't achieve long-term success by changing your manager every two seasons? Stability is what's needed and I'm afraid that isn't going to happen - how many managers is that under the stewardship of Mr Cowling? All have failed and the consistent factor is the chairman. I know it's his money but I'm afraid he hasn't got a clue how to run a football club - it's not just about results it's about creating and maintaining loyalty and CUFC hasn't been a 'club' since Peter Heard stepped aside. Who actually enjoys going to the WHCS?Let's hope an Italian multi-millionaire with mafia connections comes in with an offer that Cowling can't refuse - at least that would be fun!
I agree. I also feel sorry for the next manager that has to work under Cowling. When Cowling goes, perhaps I will go and watch them again.
[quote][p][bold]Reducer[/bold] wrote: Joe gave Colchester United 18 years of service and deserves a huge amount of respect - I sincerely hope he goes onto bigger and better things. I also trust that those individuals who have consistently pursued an agenda to have him removed are now happy - well at least for the next 6 games anyway! The reality is that whoever gets the job will be out of favour within 6 games and the moans will start once more. When will people understand that you don't achieve long-term success by changing your manager every two seasons? Stability is what's needed and I'm afraid that isn't going to happen - how many managers is that under the stewardship of Mr Cowling? All have failed and the consistent factor is the chairman. I know it's his money but I'm afraid he hasn't got a clue how to run a football club - it's not just about results it's about creating and maintaining loyalty and CUFC hasn't been a 'club' since Peter Heard stepped aside. Who actually enjoys going to the WHCS?Let's hope an Italian multi-millionaire with mafia connections comes in with an offer that Cowling can't refuse - at least that would be fun![/p][/quote]I agree. I also feel sorry for the next manager that has to work under Cowling. When Cowling goes, perhaps I will go and watch them again. old fan
  • Score: -4

12:22pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

JD should be praised for keeping the Club in the 3rd tier for two difficult years. The August results were too much to take. Unless he has another job lined up-I would want him the finish off the Academy project.
I would ask Mr Cowling to be clever now and learn the lessons of the past 6 years-
Go and spend some time with the "Followers" and find the secret of doubling our fan base without wasting precious money on players like Gillespie( £400,000) who is currently hobbling around the ground at Altrincham or boring managers like John Ward.
JD should be praised for keeping the Club in the 3rd tier for two difficult years. The August results were too much to take. Unless he has another job lined up-I would want him the finish off the Academy project. I would ask Mr Cowling to be clever now and learn the lessons of the past 6 years- Go and spend some time with the "Followers" and find the secret of doubling our fan base without wasting precious money on players like Gillespie( £400,000) who is currently hobbling around the ground at Altrincham or boring managers like John Ward. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -4

12:27pm Mon 1 Sep 14

stevedawson says...

It could be alan devonshire for the hot seat???
It could be alan devonshire for the hot seat??? stevedawson
  • Score: -6

12:40pm Mon 1 Sep 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

I feel it was just a matter of time and I think the decision came from JD himself. He has had an extremely difficult job to do and Cowling has used him like a sacrificial lamb. Perhaps thillewe you may have hit it on the head and that there will be other departures today. If I had to guess at one of them, I would say possibly Craig Eastmond who was " given time off " over this last weekend. So now who takes over? I would bet my bottom dollar that it will be from within again and possibly someone currently involved with the youth development. With Cowling I can't see him venturing outside to fill the post unfortunately.

Good luck Joe at whatever you do now. You were placed in an impossible and unenviable position that was only ever going to end one way. You leave with dignity and respect.
I feel it was just a matter of time and I think the decision came from JD himself. He has had an extremely difficult job to do and Cowling has used him like a sacrificial lamb. Perhaps thillewe you may have hit it on the head and that there will be other departures today. If I had to guess at one of them, I would say possibly Craig Eastmond who was " given time off " over this last weekend. So now who takes over? I would bet my bottom dollar that it will be from within again and possibly someone currently involved with the youth development. With Cowling I can't see him venturing outside to fill the post unfortunately. Good luck Joe at whatever you do now. You were placed in an impossible and unenviable position that was only ever going to end one way. You leave with dignity and respect. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 5

12:47pm Mon 1 Sep 14

down the line says...

I'm glad Joe Dunne has gone. He was a nice guy and Colchester through and through, but sadly he just wasn't up for the job. I'm now just hoping we get a manager from outside, a fresh look and approach is needed.
I'm glad Joe Dunne has gone. He was a nice guy and Colchester through and through, but sadly he just wasn't up for the job. I'm now just hoping we get a manager from outside, a fresh look and approach is needed. down the line
  • Score: 11

12:55pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Ontheball says...

I am not going to be a hypocrite and say I am sorry he has gone, beacuse I am not. The worry is which cheapskate option will Cowling go for now.

Whilst Dunne has now departed, the rot is still there with the inept backroom staff, who seem to outnumber the playing staff. Too many coaches for this and that and anaylists for the same. Lets get back to the basics of a trainer with a no nonsense attitude and some flair.
I am not going to be a hypocrite and say I am sorry he has gone, beacuse I am not. The worry is which cheapskate option will Cowling go for now. Whilst Dunne has now departed, the rot is still there with the inept backroom staff, who seem to outnumber the playing staff. Too many coaches for this and that and anaylists for the same. Lets get back to the basics of a trainer with a no nonsense attitude and some flair. Ontheball
  • Score: 11

12:56pm Mon 1 Sep 14

super waluigi says...

What a truly awful decision. I can only assume there is (or has been for sometime) a hidden agenda.
Joe has done well for 2 seasons and I think we are only a season or two from turning a corner.
My only logical answer to this is that Dunne may have been given the job of off loading dead wood and blooding some youngsters, ready for a more familiar manager to bring in his 'contacts' when Dunne thinks the time is ready, which is now.
Regardless, the question is who on earth would want this job? All of the clan negative members who have been whinging about Dunne can have their say, but I doubt we can attract anything near Dunne standard, and if you don't think that sounds good, you best go get a reality check.
What a truly awful decision. I can only assume there is (or has been for sometime) a hidden agenda. Joe has done well for 2 seasons and I think we are only a season or two from turning a corner. My only logical answer to this is that Dunne may have been given the job of off loading dead wood and blooding some youngsters, ready for a more familiar manager to bring in his 'contacts' when Dunne thinks the time is ready, which is now. Regardless, the question is who on earth would want this job? All of the clan negative members who have been whinging about Dunne can have their say, but I doubt we can attract anything near Dunne standard, and if you don't think that sounds good, you best go get a reality check. super waluigi
  • Score: -2

1:06pm Mon 1 Sep 14

nick2480 says...

Who on earth is going to take over, what incentive is there?
Who on earth is going to take over, what incentive is there? nick2480
  • Score: -2

1:37pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

nick2480 wrote:
Who on earth is going to take over, what incentive is there?
Can we delay a permanent appointment for 2 months?
See what the Squad can do with the Results. Theyre the ones on the pitch!
[quote][p][bold]nick2480[/bold] wrote: Who on earth is going to take over, what incentive is there?[/p][/quote]Can we delay a permanent appointment for 2 months? See what the Squad can do with the Results. Theyre the ones on the pitch! Shrubendlad
  • Score: -5

1:38pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

My mate's brother's uncle reckons he saw David Moyes looking in estate agents' windows in the High Street at lunchtime. Make of that what you will...
My mate's brother's uncle reckons he saw David Moyes looking in estate agents' windows in the High Street at lunchtime. Make of that what you will... Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 0

2:28pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Reducer says...

Bert_Stimpson wrote:
My mate's brother's uncle reckons he saw David Moyes looking in estate agents' windows in the High Street at lunchtime. Make of that what you will...
I see your Moyes in the High Street and raise you Hockaday at the Shell garage!
[quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: My mate's brother's uncle reckons he saw David Moyes looking in estate agents' windows in the High Street at lunchtime. Make of that what you will...[/p][/quote]I see your Moyes in the High Street and raise you Hockaday at the Shell garage! Reducer
  • Score: -1

2:28pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Rose an says...

Ontheball wrote:
I am not going to be a hypocrite and say I am sorry he has gone, beacuse I am not. The worry is which cheapskate option will Cowling go for now.

Whilst Dunne has now departed, the rot is still there with the inept backroom staff, who seem to outnumber the playing staff. Too many coaches for this and that and anaylists for the same. Lets get back to the basics of a trainer with a no nonsense attitude and some flair.
The inept does also include some of the players with no skill but earning, earnings should be on results and ability.
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: I am not going to be a hypocrite and say I am sorry he has gone, beacuse I am not. The worry is which cheapskate option will Cowling go for now. Whilst Dunne has now departed, the rot is still there with the inept backroom staff, who seem to outnumber the playing staff. Too many coaches for this and that and anaylists for the same. Lets get back to the basics of a trainer with a no nonsense attitude and some flair.[/p][/quote]The inept does also include some of the players with no skill but earning, earnings should be on results and ability. Rose an
  • Score: 7

2:32pm Mon 1 Sep 14

seikothrill says...

Bampotonian wrote:
Who on earth is going to take on the poisoned chalice? A real shame as JD is Col U through and through, but probably thought he couldn't do a third season like King Canute against the inevitable. Good luck to him for the future, and also to whoever they get in his place.
A surprisingly nice comment from you Bampotonian instead of the usual negative ones
[quote][p][bold]Bampotonian[/bold] wrote: Who on earth is going to take on the poisoned chalice? A real shame as JD is Col U through and through, but probably thought he couldn't do a third season like King Canute against the inevitable. Good luck to him for the future, and also to whoever they get in his place.[/p][/quote]A surprisingly nice comment from you Bampotonian instead of the usual negative ones seikothrill
  • Score: -1

2:33pm Mon 1 Sep 14

seikothrill says...

stevedawson wrote:
It could be alan devonshire for the hot seat???
This is the worst scenario possible
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: It could be alan devonshire for the hot seat???[/p][/quote]This is the worst scenario possible seikothrill
  • Score: -2

2:55pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Reducer says...

Press conference at 5.30 = internal appointment
Press conference at 5.30 = internal appointment Reducer
  • Score: 1

3:37pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Layer Road Exile says...

Richard Hall?
Richard Hall? Layer Road Exile
  • Score: 3

3:41pm Mon 1 Sep 14

thillewe says...

My brother called me & said he saw Steve Tilson & Freddy Eastwood at the training ground. I would post the picture he also sent but can't on here.
My brother called me & said he saw Steve Tilson & Freddy Eastwood at the training ground. I would post the picture he also sent but can't on here. thillewe
  • Score: -7

4:06pm Mon 1 Sep 14

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

For those of you who think it's being negative, according to the BBC website, Joe was in charge for 95 matches. Losing 48 of them and winning 27. This is a results business and despite the big cut in budget this is still very poor.

Joe knew what he was getting himself into when he took the job and the new manager will be exactly the same, so stop trying to blame RC. Lets hope the whoever takes over can get more out of the players.

Thanks for trying your best Joe and good luck for the future.

Up the U's.
For those of you who think it's being negative, according to the BBC website, Joe was in charge for 95 matches. Losing 48 of them and winning 27. This is a results business and despite the big cut in budget this is still very poor. Joe knew what he was getting himself into when he took the job and the new manager will be exactly the same, so stop trying to blame RC. Lets hope the whoever takes over can get more out of the players. Thanks for trying your best Joe and good luck for the future. Up the U's. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 17

5:23pm Mon 1 Sep 14

greenbroker says...

Col U if everybody needs reminding just avoided relegation last season. JD can assume he was given another chance, but after a dire set of results what does one expect? It would be the same if he was a manager for a major business and football = business.
Col U if everybody needs reminding just avoided relegation last season. JD can assume he was given another chance, but after a dire set of results what does one expect? It would be the same if he was a manager for a major business and football = business. greenbroker
  • Score: 4

5:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

super waluigi says...

Tony humes is the new manager
Tony humes is the new manager super waluigi
  • Score: -5

5:35pm Mon 1 Sep 14

super waluigi says...

And Richard Hall is his assistant.
And Richard Hall is his assistant. super waluigi
  • Score: -5

5:36pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Ontheball says...

Another cheap option - it never ends with Cowling!!
Another cheap option - it never ends with Cowling!! Ontheball
  • Score: 5

5:39pm Mon 1 Sep 14

sandgrounder 1 says...

Bert_Stimpson wrote:
My mate's brother's uncle reckons he saw David Moyes looking in estate agents' windows in the High Street at lunchtime. Make of that what you will...
we dont wont him
[quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: My mate's brother's uncle reckons he saw David Moyes looking in estate agents' windows in the High Street at lunchtime. Make of that what you will...[/p][/quote]we dont wont him sandgrounder 1
  • Score: -2

5:41pm Mon 1 Sep 14

super waluigi says...

Ontheball wrote:
Another cheap option - it never ends with Cowling!!
Ha, negative already!!!! Don't give him a chance or anything will you?
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Another cheap option - it never ends with Cowling!![/p][/quote]Ha, negative already!!!! Don't give him a chance or anything will you? super waluigi
  • Score: -3

5:42pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Reducer says...

Ontheball wrote:
Another cheap option - it never ends with Cowling!!
Think I understand this - as we move further down the chain we'll get to the point where Cowling has to appoint himself! Appointment could be a stroke of genius but I doubt it! Shambles!
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Another cheap option - it never ends with Cowling!![/p][/quote]Think I understand this - as we move further down the chain we'll get to the point where Cowling has to appoint himself! Appointment could be a stroke of genius but I doubt it! Shambles! Reducer
  • Score: 6

9:45pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Boris says...

JCC wrote:
If "mutual consent" means Robbie asked Joe to go, I reckon that's a big shame, as we have been playing well. It won't mean Joe has had enough, because he's no quitter. If both Robbie & Joe reckon we need a manager who can get the ball in the net, I just hope he's already on the train to North Station.
"By mutual consent" means the victim was given an undisclosed sum in a brown envelope, and signed a letter of voluntary resignation, meaning that he can't take the boss to an employment tribunal claiming unfair dismissal.
[quote][p][bold]JCC[/bold] wrote: If "mutual consent" means Robbie asked Joe to go, I reckon that's a big shame, as we have been playing well. It won't mean Joe has had enough, because he's no quitter. If both Robbie & Joe reckon we need a manager who can get the ball in the net, I just hope he's already on the train to North Station.[/p][/quote]"By mutual consent" means the victim was given an undisclosed sum in a brown envelope, and signed a letter of voluntary resignation, meaning that he can't take the boss to an employment tribunal claiming unfair dismissal. Boris
  • Score: 3
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