Dunne urges U's players to keep believing after fourth successive league defeat

Dunne urges U's players to keep believing after fourth successive league defeat

Dunne urges U's players to keep believing after fourth successive league defeat

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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne has urged his players to stay positive following their worst start to a league season for nearly 40 years.

The U's 3-1 defeat against new league leaders Peterborough United was their fourth in a row and they have taken just one point from their opening five matches in League One.

It is Colchester's worst start to a league season since they began the 1975-76 campaign with four defeats and a draw, in the old division three.

But while he says he understands the disappointment of U's fans, boss Dunne insists he and his players will not be dwelling on any outside negativity.

Dunne said: "We have to keep going and we can't dwell on any negativity.

"I know the fans are going to be disappointed, because it's another defeat.

"One thing I know about our club and our fans having been here 18 years is that I've lost games as a Colchester player in similar circumstances and they do appreciate the effort and commitment.

"Once they see that, it has to be a given straight away and I thought we showed that but unfortunately, we came up short.

"What we have to keep doing is believing in what we're doing.

"We've made chances again and made the keeper work and a top team panic at times and defend resiliently, which they did."

Dunne was disappointed with the goals Colchester conceded but was pleased with the response of his players to the setbacks they suffered.

He said: “We’ve done OK in a lot of moments in the game but I think we can do better with the goals that we conceded and that’s the difference between top and bottom.

“That’s something that we need to work on but it was a great response by the players.

“We didn’t deserve to be 2-0 down and the third goal came against the run of play – everybody had a go and it was a close game early on.

“We’ve worked the goalkeeper and hit the crossbar but Peterborough showed why they’re top of the league.”

For much more reaction and five pages of coverage of the U's game with Peterborough, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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10:18pm Sat 30 Aug 14

WEWANTGOALS says...

As I predicted last week, a defeat against Peterborough was coming our way, and also as I said last week and also said last season Joe Dunne is not good enough to manage in the football league, I really don't know how bad things have to get, before he admits this and stands down. A fresh face is needed as manager sooner rather than later, otherwise relegation looks to be on the cards, I am fed up with all of Joe Dunne's excuses, when the simple truth is, he is not up to the job, JOE DUNNE OUT
As I predicted last week, a defeat against Peterborough was coming our way, and also as I said last week and also said last season Joe Dunne is not good enough to manage in the football league, I really don't know how bad things have to get, before he admits this and stands down. A fresh face is needed as manager sooner rather than later, otherwise relegation looks to be on the cards, I am fed up with all of Joe Dunne's excuses, when the simple truth is, he is not up to the job, JOE DUNNE OUT WEWANTGOALS
  • Score: 16

11:02pm Sat 30 Aug 14

uptheu's says...

I like to see footballers retain the ball, but there is absolutely no point in holding the ball, if you can't move the ball quicker up to the front men. They have to go back to the midfield to collect the ball and then by the time they get to the edge of the penalty area all the defenders are back.
We seem to make it easy for opposition players, but have to work like hell to create any clear-cut chances
I like to see footballers retain the ball, but there is absolutely no point in holding the ball, if you can't move the ball quicker up to the front men. They have to go back to the midfield to collect the ball and then by the time they get to the edge of the penalty area all the defenders are back. We seem to make it easy for opposition players, but have to work like hell to create any clear-cut chances uptheu's
  • Score: 10

11:19pm Sat 30 Aug 14

angryman!!! says...

We need the likes of Sanchez watt starting. We look so much mores dangerous when were getting the ball into the box from the wide men rather than passing it outside the box and losing it. I'm hugely disappointed at the moment with points but after today's game will give dunne some breathing space, however a striker is needed or at least give the subs their chance as jabo and sears aren't converting the chances.
We need the likes of Sanchez watt starting. We look so much mores dangerous when were getting the ball into the box from the wide men rather than passing it outside the box and losing it. I'm hugely disappointed at the moment with points but after today's game will give dunne some breathing space, however a striker is needed or at least give the subs their chance as jabo and sears aren't converting the chances. angryman!!!
  • Score: 11

12:50am Sun 31 Aug 14

liamd1978 says...

Dunne your a complete joke and you have ruined our club!
You should never of got the job in first place!!
Please leave before we are playing deadend
Dunne your a complete joke and you have ruined our club! You should never of got the job in first place!! Please leave before we are playing deadend liamd1978
  • Score: 12

1:27am Sun 31 Aug 14

Frinton fan says...

I do think it's time Joe Dunne considered his position again. He sounds like a tired old record week after week after week, explain failure after failure. Now we have our worst start in 40 years! Like last season, the U's are just not delivering under his leadership. And no real prospect of it at the moment.
Lovely guy - and a good No 2 - but proving time and again that he is just not up to the job of being No 1 of a successful Division 1 side.
I have huge respect for Robbie Cowling and his long-term strategy for the U's, but even Robbie has to admit that fresh blood is needed sooner rather than later in the manager's chair.
Come on Robbie. Start winning and the gates will start rising.
I do think it's time Joe Dunne considered his position again. He sounds like a tired old record week after week after week, explain failure after failure. Now we have our worst start in 40 years! Like last season, the U's are just not delivering under his leadership. And no real prospect of it at the moment. Lovely guy - and a good No 2 - but proving time and again that he is just not up to the job of being No 1 of a successful Division 1 side. I have huge respect for Robbie Cowling and his long-term strategy for the U's, but even Robbie has to admit that fresh blood is needed sooner rather than later in the manager's chair. Come on Robbie. Start winning and the gates will start rising. Frinton fan
  • Score: 11

6:13am Sun 31 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Frinton fan wrote:
I do think it's time Joe Dunne considered his position again. He sounds like a tired old record week after week after week, explain failure after failure. Now we have our worst start in 40 years! Like last season, the U's are just not delivering under his leadership. And no real prospect of it at the moment.
Lovely guy - and a good No 2 - but proving time and again that he is just not up to the job of being No 1 of a successful Division 1 side.
I have huge respect for Robbie Cowling and his long-term strategy for the U's, but even Robbie has to admit that fresh blood is needed sooner rather than later in the manager's chair.
Come on Robbie. Start winning and the gates will start rising.
On the positive side we may be in Crisis but the leaders are only 11 points ahead!
I still believe that a Management Reshuffle rather than P45s is the answer-Sorry Guys!
[quote][p][bold]Frinton fan[/bold] wrote: I do think it's time Joe Dunne considered his position again. He sounds like a tired old record week after week after week, explain failure after failure. Now we have our worst start in 40 years! Like last season, the U's are just not delivering under his leadership. And no real prospect of it at the moment. Lovely guy - and a good No 2 - but proving time and again that he is just not up to the job of being No 1 of a successful Division 1 side. I have huge respect for Robbie Cowling and his long-term strategy for the U's, but even Robbie has to admit that fresh blood is needed sooner rather than later in the manager's chair. Come on Robbie. Start winning and the gates will start rising.[/p][/quote]On the positive side we may be in Crisis but the leaders are only 11 points ahead! I still believe that a Management Reshuffle rather than P45s is the answer-Sorry Guys! Shrubendlad
  • Score: -5

7:22am Sun 31 Aug 14

super waluigi says...

Why does every one keep calling for Joe Dunne to quit, without giving us all their solution?
What ever manager comes in will still have to work on the same lame wage structure. If the crowds are low and commercial revenue is low, what can anyone do about playing staff?
I remember the days when all of the whingers on here moaned about Aidy Boothroyd and his long ball tactics. They moaned about how negative Izzet was and how lazy Wordsworth would be. They moaned that youth should be given a chance. Well, I say, be careful what you wish for. 3 midfielders played yesterday, Szmodics, Gilby and Moncur. Does any one think they were as good as my previously mentioned 2? Sure they all have potential and should Col U be relegated, they would find new league 1 clubs, but to lack experience and Knowledge in centre midfield was suicidal yesterday.
Sadly, we are not good enough to compete with Posh right now. But the football pyramid and it's financial fair play has made sure of that. Let's not forget that Real Madrid signed Bayern Munich best player (Kroos) in the summer, and sold an old cast off (Alonso) to them in return and us football fans are supposed to believe that it is a fair game and any body can win???? In my opinion, it's like a bull fight, the bigger the club, the better they are and the more support from fans they will get, like a human killing the bull.
I would stick with Joe Dunne, but my expectations are to finish 5th bottom. Burnley got a draw with Man U yesterday, well done, but we are the l1 equivalent to Burnley.
Why does every one keep calling for Joe Dunne to quit, without giving us all their solution? What ever manager comes in will still have to work on the same lame wage structure. If the crowds are low and commercial revenue is low, what can anyone do about playing staff? I remember the days when all of the whingers on here moaned about Aidy Boothroyd and his long ball tactics. They moaned about how negative Izzet was and how lazy Wordsworth would be. They moaned that youth should be given a chance. Well, I say, be careful what you wish for. 3 midfielders played yesterday, Szmodics, Gilby and Moncur. Does any one think they were as good as my previously mentioned 2? Sure they all have potential and should Col U be relegated, they would find new league 1 clubs, but to lack experience and Knowledge in centre midfield was suicidal yesterday. Sadly, we are not good enough to compete with Posh right now. But the football pyramid and it's financial fair play has made sure of that. Let's not forget that Real Madrid signed Bayern Munich best player (Kroos) in the summer, and sold an old cast off (Alonso) to them in return and us football fans are supposed to believe that it is a fair game and any body can win???? In my opinion, it's like a bull fight, the bigger the club, the better they are and the more support from fans they will get, like a human killing the bull. I would stick with Joe Dunne, but my expectations are to finish 5th bottom. Burnley got a draw with Man U yesterday, well done, but we are the l1 equivalent to Burnley. super waluigi
  • Score: -5

7:41am Sun 31 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

super waluigi wrote:
Why does every one keep calling for Joe Dunne to quit, without giving us all their solution?
What ever manager comes in will still have to work on the same lame wage structure. If the crowds are low and commercial revenue is low, what can anyone do about playing staff?
I remember the days when all of the whingers on here moaned about Aidy Boothroyd and his long ball tactics. They moaned about how negative Izzet was and how lazy Wordsworth would be. They moaned that youth should be given a chance. Well, I say, be careful what you wish for. 3 midfielders played yesterday, Szmodics, Gilby and Moncur. Does any one think they were as good as my previously mentioned 2? Sure they all have potential and should Col U be relegated, they would find new league 1 clubs, but to lack experience and Knowledge in centre midfield was suicidal yesterday.
Sadly, we are not good enough to compete with Posh right now. But the football pyramid and it's financial fair play has made sure of that. Let's not forget that Real Madrid signed Bayern Munich best player (Kroos) in the summer, and sold an old cast off (Alonso) to them in return and us football fans are supposed to believe that it is a fair game and any body can win???? In my opinion, it's like a bull fight, the bigger the club, the better they are and the more support from fans they will get, like a human killing the bull.
I would stick with Joe Dunne, but my expectations are to finish 5th bottom. Burnley got a draw with Man U yesterday, well done, but we are the l1 equivalent to Burnley.
Phil Parkinson is the only CUFC manager I can remember in "centuries" of following this Club who bridged the gap between Supporters/Players/B
ench and Management to drive the Club forward.
He wont be back but there are others who could do the same.
I believe that JD has the ability to be a remarkable Academy Supremo and make loads of money for the Club.
We cant afford to throw away our few resources.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Why does every one keep calling for Joe Dunne to quit, without giving us all their solution? What ever manager comes in will still have to work on the same lame wage structure. If the crowds are low and commercial revenue is low, what can anyone do about playing staff? I remember the days when all of the whingers on here moaned about Aidy Boothroyd and his long ball tactics. They moaned about how negative Izzet was and how lazy Wordsworth would be. They moaned that youth should be given a chance. Well, I say, be careful what you wish for. 3 midfielders played yesterday, Szmodics, Gilby and Moncur. Does any one think they were as good as my previously mentioned 2? Sure they all have potential and should Col U be relegated, they would find new league 1 clubs, but to lack experience and Knowledge in centre midfield was suicidal yesterday. Sadly, we are not good enough to compete with Posh right now. But the football pyramid and it's financial fair play has made sure of that. Let's not forget that Real Madrid signed Bayern Munich best player (Kroos) in the summer, and sold an old cast off (Alonso) to them in return and us football fans are supposed to believe that it is a fair game and any body can win???? In my opinion, it's like a bull fight, the bigger the club, the better they are and the more support from fans they will get, like a human killing the bull. I would stick with Joe Dunne, but my expectations are to finish 5th bottom. Burnley got a draw with Man U yesterday, well done, but we are the l1 equivalent to Burnley.[/p][/quote]Phil Parkinson is the only CUFC manager I can remember in "centuries" of following this Club who bridged the gap between Supporters/Players/B ench and Management to drive the Club forward. He wont be back but there are others who could do the same. I believe that JD has the ability to be a remarkable Academy Supremo and make loads of money for the Club. We cant afford to throw away our few resources. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 4

8:03am Sun 31 Aug 14

super waluigi says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
super waluigi wrote:
Why does every one keep calling for Joe Dunne to quit, without giving us all their solution?
What ever manager comes in will still have to work on the same lame wage structure. If the crowds are low and commercial revenue is low, what can anyone do about playing staff?
I remember the days when all of the whingers on here moaned about Aidy Boothroyd and his long ball tactics. They moaned about how negative Izzet was and how lazy Wordsworth would be. They moaned that youth should be given a chance. Well, I say, be careful what you wish for. 3 midfielders played yesterday, Szmodics, Gilby and Moncur. Does any one think they were as good as my previously mentioned 2? Sure they all have potential and should Col U be relegated, they would find new league 1 clubs, but to lack experience and Knowledge in centre midfield was suicidal yesterday.
Sadly, we are not good enough to compete with Posh right now. But the football pyramid and it's financial fair play has made sure of that. Let's not forget that Real Madrid signed Bayern Munich best player (Kroos) in the summer, and sold an old cast off (Alonso) to them in return and us football fans are supposed to believe that it is a fair game and any body can win???? In my opinion, it's like a bull fight, the bigger the club, the better they are and the more support from fans they will get, like a human killing the bull.
I would stick with Joe Dunne, but my expectations are to finish 5th bottom. Burnley got a draw with Man U yesterday, well done, but we are the l1 equivalent to Burnley.
Phil Parkinson is the only CUFC manager I can remember in "centuries" of following this Club who bridged the gap between Supporters/Players/B

ench and Management to drive the Club forward.
He wont be back but there are others who could do the same.
I believe that JD has the ability to be a remarkable Academy Supremo and make loads of money for the Club.
We cant afford to throw away our few resources.
Yes, Phil's years were good, but just because you don't think Joe Dunne can be the next Parky, it does not mean he won't be. In fact, it happened once in our history, so it may never happen again. Remember, after leaving Col U, up until Bradford, Parky did terrible.
It's all about what you expect. If the bottom 10 clubs all sack their manager because they think they should be one of three clubs promoted, then I don't want to be involved in football any more. My expectations are 5th bottom and I hope that some day, like Leyton Orient we have a one off good season.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Why does every one keep calling for Joe Dunne to quit, without giving us all their solution? What ever manager comes in will still have to work on the same lame wage structure. If the crowds are low and commercial revenue is low, what can anyone do about playing staff? I remember the days when all of the whingers on here moaned about Aidy Boothroyd and his long ball tactics. They moaned about how negative Izzet was and how lazy Wordsworth would be. They moaned that youth should be given a chance. Well, I say, be careful what you wish for. 3 midfielders played yesterday, Szmodics, Gilby and Moncur. Does any one think they were as good as my previously mentioned 2? Sure they all have potential and should Col U be relegated, they would find new league 1 clubs, but to lack experience and Knowledge in centre midfield was suicidal yesterday. Sadly, we are not good enough to compete with Posh right now. But the football pyramid and it's financial fair play has made sure of that. Let's not forget that Real Madrid signed Bayern Munich best player (Kroos) in the summer, and sold an old cast off (Alonso) to them in return and us football fans are supposed to believe that it is a fair game and any body can win???? In my opinion, it's like a bull fight, the bigger the club, the better they are and the more support from fans they will get, like a human killing the bull. I would stick with Joe Dunne, but my expectations are to finish 5th bottom. Burnley got a draw with Man U yesterday, well done, but we are the l1 equivalent to Burnley.[/p][/quote]Phil Parkinson is the only CUFC manager I can remember in "centuries" of following this Club who bridged the gap between Supporters/Players/B ench and Management to drive the Club forward. He wont be back but there are others who could do the same. I believe that JD has the ability to be a remarkable Academy Supremo and make loads of money for the Club. We cant afford to throw away our few resources.[/p][/quote]Yes, Phil's years were good, but just because you don't think Joe Dunne can be the next Parky, it does not mean he won't be. In fact, it happened once in our history, so it may never happen again. Remember, after leaving Col U, up until Bradford, Parky did terrible. It's all about what you expect. If the bottom 10 clubs all sack their manager because they think they should be one of three clubs promoted, then I don't want to be involved in football any more. My expectations are 5th bottom and I hope that some day, like Leyton Orient we have a one off good season. super waluigi
  • Score: -11

9:37am Sun 31 Aug 14

banterboy says...

The reality is that we are a lower league 1 club with a wage structure and fan base to match. We are a long established L1 outfit and this IS our level even taking into consideration all the great things that are being achieved with the academy and youth set up. All we can hope for is to stay up this year and hope we have a one off season like Leyton Orient last season.
If we were to be relegated we would sill be sitting with a majority of teams in the same position as us.
I personally don't think Joe is the man for the job, we need a more experienced face to get a reaction when thing aren't going our way.
Does not sound a positive post I know, but just being realistic
The reality is that we are a lower league 1 club with a wage structure and fan base to match. We are a long established L1 outfit and this IS our level even taking into consideration all the great things that are being achieved with the academy and youth set up. All we can hope for is to stay up this year and hope we have a one off season like Leyton Orient last season. If we were to be relegated we would sill be sitting with a majority of teams in the same position as us. I personally don't think Joe is the man for the job, we need a more experienced face to get a reaction when thing aren't going our way. Does not sound a positive post I know, but just being realistic banterboy
  • Score: 8

10:45am Sun 31 Aug 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

The point is Joe, do the players believe in you?
The point is Joe, do the players believe in you? BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 12

12:00pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Eddy D says...

I left the game yesterday disappointed but not rejected because on another day we could have easily drawn that if not won. The game did not show 22 positions of a league tables worth of difference and I don't think that will be the case by the end of the season as much as I didnt expect us being in the top 6 this time last season to reflect our final position.
I agree with all those who believe in Joe Dunne. Not belief in him to get us promoted or even mid table any time soon but to provide a structure for future success.
Sacking him would be a gamble because who could do better with the same resources? How often does a simple sacking work?
There aren't many options out there and whoever was to replace JD would only care for the club a fraction of what he does.
I left the game yesterday disappointed but not rejected because on another day we could have easily drawn that if not won. The game did not show 22 positions of a league tables worth of difference and I don't think that will be the case by the end of the season as much as I didnt expect us being in the top 6 this time last season to reflect our final position. I agree with all those who believe in Joe Dunne. Not belief in him to get us promoted or even mid table any time soon but to provide a structure for future success. Sacking him would be a gamble because who could do better with the same resources? How often does a simple sacking work? There aren't many options out there and whoever was to replace JD would only care for the club a fraction of what he does. Eddy D
  • Score: -18

1:14pm Sun 31 Aug 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Eddy D says...

I left the game yesterday disappointed but not rejected because on another day we could have easily drawn that if not won.

The trouble is Eddy it's always on another day and that other day rarely arrives!
Eddy D says... I left the game yesterday disappointed but not rejected because on another day we could have easily drawn that if not won. The trouble is Eddy it's always on another day and that other day rarely arrives! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 14

1:21pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Layer Road Exile says...

As one of the hundreds, possibly thousands of fans who no longer attend matches, I cannot comment on the current state of play under Joe Dunne. For me, after almost 50 years of fanatical support, I first became disillusioned at the time of the move to the new stadium when it appeared that Mr Cowling was prepared to disregard some 70 years of heritage by holding a garage sale at Layer Road. Even Arsenal took their famous old Highbury clock to The Emirates but the final straw was the John Ward era when the football was the poorest and most negative that I can remember. The big challenge for the club now is how to re-engage lapsed fans like me and a new generation of followers. Quite simply, the only way to do it is with some consistently eye catching results and some attractive cup ties. Both have been conspicuous by their absence in recent years and yesterdays crowd of only 4,000 must be among the lowest for a Posh derby as a result. One thing is sure, joe Dunne is not producing the results that catch the eye and it is unlikely that he can so the crowds will continue to dwindle and it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Can it be fixed? Jim Smith took us form re-election to promotion in a little over 12 months and I remember him saying that there was not too much wrong with the team but they were too tense to express themselves (Froggat and Svarc helped a bit though!). From listening to BBC Essex interviews with Joe Dunne, he strikes me as an incredibly intense young man who is possibly not much fun to be around. Maybe he should loosen up and let the players really express themselves and not feel under the intense pressure that he seems to exude. I hope he or someone else can fix it and I look forward to the day when a trip to WHCS feels compelling again.
As one of the hundreds, possibly thousands of fans who no longer attend matches, I cannot comment on the current state of play under Joe Dunne. For me, after almost 50 years of fanatical support, I first became disillusioned at the time of the move to the new stadium when it appeared that Mr Cowling was prepared to disregard some 70 years of heritage by holding a garage sale at Layer Road. Even Arsenal took their famous old Highbury clock to The Emirates but the final straw was the John Ward era when the football was the poorest and most negative that I can remember. The big challenge for the club now is how to re-engage lapsed fans like me and a new generation of followers. Quite simply, the only way to do it is with some consistently eye catching results and some attractive cup ties. Both have been conspicuous by their absence in recent years and yesterdays crowd of only 4,000 must be among the lowest for a Posh derby as a result. One thing is sure, joe Dunne is not producing the results that catch the eye and it is unlikely that he can so the crowds will continue to dwindle and it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Can it be fixed? Jim Smith took us form re-election to promotion in a little over 12 months and I remember him saying that there was not too much wrong with the team but they were too tense to express themselves (Froggat and Svarc helped a bit though!). From listening to BBC Essex interviews with Joe Dunne, he strikes me as an incredibly intense young man who is possibly not much fun to be around. Maybe he should loosen up and let the players really express themselves and not feel under the intense pressure that he seems to exude. I hope he or someone else can fix it and I look forward to the day when a trip to WHCS feels compelling again. Layer Road Exile
  • Score: 28

3:04pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Layer Road Exile wrote:
As one of the hundreds, possibly thousands of fans who no longer attend matches, I cannot comment on the current state of play under Joe Dunne. For me, after almost 50 years of fanatical support, I first became disillusioned at the time of the move to the new stadium when it appeared that Mr Cowling was prepared to disregard some 70 years of heritage by holding a garage sale at Layer Road. Even Arsenal took their famous old Highbury clock to The Emirates but the final straw was the John Ward era when the football was the poorest and most negative that I can remember. The big challenge for the club now is how to re-engage lapsed fans like me and a new generation of followers. Quite simply, the only way to do it is with some consistently eye catching results and some attractive cup ties. Both have been conspicuous by their absence in recent years and yesterdays crowd of only 4,000 must be among the lowest for a Posh derby as a result. One thing is sure, joe Dunne is not producing the results that catch the eye and it is unlikely that he can so the crowds will continue to dwindle and it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Can it be fixed? Jim Smith took us form re-election to promotion in a little over 12 months and I remember him saying that there was not too much wrong with the team but they were too tense to express themselves (Froggat and Svarc helped a bit though!). From listening to BBC Essex interviews with Joe Dunne, he strikes me as an incredibly intense young man who is possibly not much fun to be around. Maybe he should loosen up and let the players really express themselves and not feel under the intense pressure that he seems to exude. I hope he or someone else can fix it and I look forward to the day when a trip to WHCS feels compelling again.
I hate to tell you but you wont be going back to Layer Road-its a housing development.
If you havnt been to the Community Stadium over the last 6 years-you wont be going-its too late.
Yes, many of us have our favourite memories-Mine is standing with my late Dad on terrace 7 in 1971 beating the best team in England.
We need 8000 loyal fans to work with a Regime to build a new Club-maybe its the current Regime but maybe not.
[quote][p][bold]Layer Road Exile[/bold] wrote: As one of the hundreds, possibly thousands of fans who no longer attend matches, I cannot comment on the current state of play under Joe Dunne. For me, after almost 50 years of fanatical support, I first became disillusioned at the time of the move to the new stadium when it appeared that Mr Cowling was prepared to disregard some 70 years of heritage by holding a garage sale at Layer Road. Even Arsenal took their famous old Highbury clock to The Emirates but the final straw was the John Ward era when the football was the poorest and most negative that I can remember. The big challenge for the club now is how to re-engage lapsed fans like me and a new generation of followers. Quite simply, the only way to do it is with some consistently eye catching results and some attractive cup ties. Both have been conspicuous by their absence in recent years and yesterdays crowd of only 4,000 must be among the lowest for a Posh derby as a result. One thing is sure, joe Dunne is not producing the results that catch the eye and it is unlikely that he can so the crowds will continue to dwindle and it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Can it be fixed? Jim Smith took us form re-election to promotion in a little over 12 months and I remember him saying that there was not too much wrong with the team but they were too tense to express themselves (Froggat and Svarc helped a bit though!). From listening to BBC Essex interviews with Joe Dunne, he strikes me as an incredibly intense young man who is possibly not much fun to be around. Maybe he should loosen up and let the players really express themselves and not feel under the intense pressure that he seems to exude. I hope he or someone else can fix it and I look forward to the day when a trip to WHCS feels compelling again.[/p][/quote]I hate to tell you but you wont be going back to Layer Road-its a housing development. If you havnt been to the Community Stadium over the last 6 years-you wont be going-its too late. Yes, many of us have our favourite memories-Mine is standing with my late Dad on terrace 7 in 1971 beating the best team in England. We need 8000 loyal fans to work with a Regime to build a new Club-maybe its the current Regime but maybe not. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 7

5:12pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Layer Road Exile says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
Layer Road Exile wrote:
As one of the hundreds, possibly thousands of fans who no longer attend matches, I cannot comment on the current state of play under Joe Dunne. For me, after almost 50 years of fanatical support, I first became disillusioned at the time of the move to the new stadium when it appeared that Mr Cowling was prepared to disregard some 70 years of heritage by holding a garage sale at Layer Road. Even Arsenal took their famous old Highbury clock to The Emirates but the final straw was the John Ward era when the football was the poorest and most negative that I can remember. The big challenge for the club now is how to re-engage lapsed fans like me and a new generation of followers. Quite simply, the only way to do it is with some consistently eye catching results and some attractive cup ties. Both have been conspicuous by their absence in recent years and yesterdays crowd of only 4,000 must be among the lowest for a Posh derby as a result. One thing is sure, joe Dunne is not producing the results that catch the eye and it is unlikely that he can so the crowds will continue to dwindle and it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Can it be fixed? Jim Smith took us form re-election to promotion in a little over 12 months and I remember him saying that there was not too much wrong with the team but they were too tense to express themselves (Froggat and Svarc helped a bit though!). From listening to BBC Essex interviews with Joe Dunne, he strikes me as an incredibly intense young man who is possibly not much fun to be around. Maybe he should loosen up and let the players really express themselves and not feel under the intense pressure that he seems to exude. I hope he or someone else can fix it and I look forward to the day when a trip to WHCS feels compelling again.
I hate to tell you but you wont be going back to Layer Road-its a housing development.
If you havnt been to the Community Stadium over the last 6 years-you wont be going-its too late.
Yes, many of us have our favourite memories-Mine is standing with my late Dad on terrace 7 in 1971 beating the best team in England.
We need 8000 loyal fans to work with a Regime to build a new Club-maybe its the current Regime but maybe not.
It's not just the cherished memory of being part of that 16,000 crowd on the 13th February 1971 that makes me particularly nostalgic, even emotional, it's the sadness that our club is never likely to belong to the town again as it seemed to then. That's not entirely down to Mr Cowling railroading small shareholders to relinquish their interest, it's the way that football in general has lost its soul and has detached itself from reality and the common man (or woman). But back to the point of this thread, Joe Dunne seems hell bent on playing a particular way regardless of the talent at his disposal. Yes, Jim Smith was my all time favourite U's manager because he set up to play to the strengths of the players available to him and not to a system that did not exploit their talent. The best performance that I have ever seen from a U's team was under Smith when we demolished Blackburn 4-0 in the League Cup with the ball being played to our wide men at every opportunity (Foley and Thomas if memory serves). It was fantastic football and Smith simply said afterwards that we "play to our strengths". It seems that Joe Dunne wants to play his way regardless of what suits the personnel at his disposal. A footnote to that Blackburn game was the crowd of 7,777 and the fact that Blackburn were impressed too and he became their manager shortly after.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Layer Road Exile[/bold] wrote: As one of the hundreds, possibly thousands of fans who no longer attend matches, I cannot comment on the current state of play under Joe Dunne. For me, after almost 50 years of fanatical support, I first became disillusioned at the time of the move to the new stadium when it appeared that Mr Cowling was prepared to disregard some 70 years of heritage by holding a garage sale at Layer Road. Even Arsenal took their famous old Highbury clock to The Emirates but the final straw was the John Ward era when the football was the poorest and most negative that I can remember. The big challenge for the club now is how to re-engage lapsed fans like me and a new generation of followers. Quite simply, the only way to do it is with some consistently eye catching results and some attractive cup ties. Both have been conspicuous by their absence in recent years and yesterdays crowd of only 4,000 must be among the lowest for a Posh derby as a result. One thing is sure, joe Dunne is not producing the results that catch the eye and it is unlikely that he can so the crowds will continue to dwindle and it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Can it be fixed? Jim Smith took us form re-election to promotion in a little over 12 months and I remember him saying that there was not too much wrong with the team but they were too tense to express themselves (Froggat and Svarc helped a bit though!). From listening to BBC Essex interviews with Joe Dunne, he strikes me as an incredibly intense young man who is possibly not much fun to be around. Maybe he should loosen up and let the players really express themselves and not feel under the intense pressure that he seems to exude. I hope he or someone else can fix it and I look forward to the day when a trip to WHCS feels compelling again.[/p][/quote]I hate to tell you but you wont be going back to Layer Road-its a housing development. If you havnt been to the Community Stadium over the last 6 years-you wont be going-its too late. Yes, many of us have our favourite memories-Mine is standing with my late Dad on terrace 7 in 1971 beating the best team in England. We need 8000 loyal fans to work with a Regime to build a new Club-maybe its the current Regime but maybe not.[/p][/quote]It's not just the cherished memory of being part of that 16,000 crowd on the 13th February 1971 that makes me particularly nostalgic, even emotional, it's the sadness that our club is never likely to belong to the town again as it seemed to then. That's not entirely down to Mr Cowling railroading small shareholders to relinquish their interest, it's the way that football in general has lost its soul and has detached itself from reality and the common man (or woman). But back to the point of this thread, Joe Dunne seems hell bent on playing a particular way regardless of the talent at his disposal. Yes, Jim Smith was my all time favourite U's manager because he set up to play to the strengths of the players available to him and not to a system that did not exploit their talent. The best performance that I have ever seen from a U's team was under Smith when we demolished Blackburn 4-0 in the League Cup with the ball being played to our wide men at every opportunity (Foley and Thomas if memory serves). It was fantastic football and Smith simply said afterwards that we "play to our strengths". It seems that Joe Dunne wants to play his way regardless of what suits the personnel at his disposal. A footnote to that Blackburn game was the crowd of 7,777 and the fact that Blackburn were impressed too and he became their manager shortly after. Layer Road Exile
  • Score: 22

5:55pm Sun 31 Aug 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

This current set up reminds me for all the world like Stockport County of a few seasons ago. They played with youngsters because they had no budget to speak of and fell out of League 1. Now where are they?
This current set up reminds me for all the world like Stockport County of a few seasons ago. They played with youngsters because they had no budget to speak of and fell out of League 1. Now where are they? BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 16

7:44pm Sun 31 Aug 14

super waluigi says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
This current set up reminds me for all the world like Stockport County of a few seasons ago. They played with youngsters because they had no budget to speak of and fell out of League 1. Now where are they?
That has nothing to do with anything really Baz. Some teams have a low budget, but go from strength to strength, others go from top to bottom, and others stand still. Take Swansea for example. They were kept in the league because their goalie scored, had a few promotions, were then lucky enough to have Martinez get them in the premier league, Brendan Rodgers improve, Laudrup improve further and Gary Monk take them to the top of the English tier!!!! All on a relative low budget.
Colchester could easily do a Stockport, they are less likely to do a Swansea, but they are more likely to do a blackpool or South end (somewhere in between)
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: This current set up reminds me for all the world like Stockport County of a few seasons ago. They played with youngsters because they had no budget to speak of and fell out of League 1. Now where are they?[/p][/quote]That has nothing to do with anything really Baz. Some teams have a low budget, but go from strength to strength, others go from top to bottom, and others stand still. Take Swansea for example. They were kept in the league because their goalie scored, had a few promotions, were then lucky enough to have Martinez get them in the premier league, Brendan Rodgers improve, Laudrup improve further and Gary Monk take them to the top of the English tier!!!! All on a relative low budget. Colchester could easily do a Stockport, they are less likely to do a Swansea, but they are more likely to do a blackpool or South end (somewhere in between) super waluigi
  • Score: -6

10:30pm Sun 31 Aug 14

totallyfootball says...

Can anyone with half a football brain see why Dunne is still in a job? Once Cowling wakes up (sometime never) and sacks him Dunne's football career will be over for good FACT!
Can anyone with half a football brain see why Dunne is still in a job? Once Cowling wakes up (sometime never) and sacks him Dunne's football career will be over for good FACT! totallyfootball
  • Score: 1

11:12pm Sun 31 Aug 14

stevedawson says...

Well after all that doom and gloom l will predict we will take 7 points from the next 9.bet on it !! Relax and enjoy the football, try to forget it's played in a mausoleum. Up the u's
Well after all that doom and gloom l will predict we will take 7 points from the next 9.bet on it !! Relax and enjoy the football, try to forget it's played in a mausoleum. Up the u's stevedawson
  • Score: 0

10:44am Mon 1 Sep 14

totallyfootball says...

stevedawson wrote:
Well after all that doom and gloom l will predict we will take 7 points from the next 9.bet on it !! Relax and enjoy the football, try to forget it's played in a mausoleum. Up the u's
Quality Steve!
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Well after all that doom and gloom l will predict we will take 7 points from the next 9.bet on it !! Relax and enjoy the football, try to forget it's played in a mausoleum. Up the u's[/p][/quote]Quality Steve! totallyfootball
  • Score: 1

10:48am Mon 1 Sep 14

sam vines says...

Its nice to yell Joe out however who would take his place and how much time would you give a new manager to turn the team around.
Its nice to yell Joe out however who would take his place and how much time would you give a new manager to turn the team around. sam vines
  • Score: 2

11:07am Mon 1 Sep 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

super waluigi says...


BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
This current set up reminds me for all the world like Stockport County of a few seasons ago. They played with youngsters because they had no budget to speak of and fell out of League 1. Now where are they?

That has nothing to do with anything really Baz. Some teams have a low budget, but go from strength to strength, others go from top to bottom, and others stand still. Take Swansea for example. They were kept in the league because their goalie scored, had a few promotions, were then lucky enough to have Martinez get them in the premier league, Brendan Rodgers improve, Laudrup improve further and Gary Monk take them to the top of the English tier!!!! All on a relative low budget.
Colchester could easily do a Stockport, they are less likely to do a Swansea, but they are more likely to do a blackpool or South end (somewhere in between)

I'm sorry super, I think it has everything to do with it. I think the problem you have is facing reality. You said the same thing a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned us being a continually struggling side like Crewe who relied on their academy to produce their players for many years. The future for Colchester looks to me to be pretty dull from here on unless we can find a way of introducing some quality at the experienced end of the player range. Our problem is that running an academy at the category 2 level is taking all of our resource budget. Certainly Joe Dunne doesn't seem to me to be making any progress at all, and when faced with about 12-15 players being out of contract at the end of this season, it will basically be lets start all over again from scratch.
super waluigi says... BlueandWhiteBaz wrote: This current set up reminds me for all the world like Stockport County of a few seasons ago. They played with youngsters because they had no budget to speak of and fell out of League 1. Now where are they? That has nothing to do with anything really Baz. Some teams have a low budget, but go from strength to strength, others go from top to bottom, and others stand still. Take Swansea for example. They were kept in the league because their goalie scored, had a few promotions, were then lucky enough to have Martinez get them in the premier league, Brendan Rodgers improve, Laudrup improve further and Gary Monk take them to the top of the English tier!!!! All on a relative low budget. Colchester could easily do a Stockport, they are less likely to do a Swansea, but they are more likely to do a blackpool or South end (somewhere in between) I'm sorry super, I think it has everything to do with it. I think the problem you have is facing reality. You said the same thing a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned us being a continually struggling side like Crewe who relied on their academy to produce their players for many years. The future for Colchester looks to me to be pretty dull from here on unless we can find a way of introducing some quality at the experienced end of the player range. Our problem is that running an academy at the category 2 level is taking all of our resource budget. Certainly Joe Dunne doesn't seem to me to be making any progress at all, and when faced with about 12-15 players being out of contract at the end of this season, it will basically be lets start all over again from scratch. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 1
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