New U's boss Humes deserves his chance at the next level, says Cowling

New beginning - Tony Humes (left) has been appointed as Colchester United's new manager by chairman Robbie Cowling. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO98713-14)

New beginning - Tony Humes (left) has been appointed as Colchester United's new manager by chairman Robbie Cowling. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO98713-14)

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New Colchester United manager Tony Humes deserves his chance to prove himself as a Football League manager, according to U’s supremo Robbie Cowling.

Humes has been appointed as Joe Dunne’s successor as first-team boss, following a successful five years as the club’s academy manager.

Cowling has been impressed by the way in which the former Ipswich Town academy boss has helped nurture the club’s promising young players, with the club looking for a clear pathway between youth and senior level.

And after making his fifth permanent managerial appointment, Cowling now is the right time for Humes to continue his good work in charge of Colchester’s first team.

He said: “I like to look internally – our last two managers were both assistants before getting the job as manager and now we’ve appointed Tony.

“Tony has been with Colchester for five years now and he’s been here for a long time now.

“He’s done an excellent job for the club, driving our academy forward.

“We have one of the best academies going and I want to give Tony that chance at the next level of the game.

“I’ve had a lot of success in business in making appointments internally.

“It’s naturally for me the first place you look and we have a lot of pedigree around the club.

“Everybody has seen the club’s intentions and the way we appoint internally and that gives a lot of other people a lift.”

For six pages of coverage on the appointment of Tony Humes as U's manager and Joe Dunne's departure from the club, see today's Daily Gazette.

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9:43am Tue 2 Sep 14

United we stand says...

And you've been successful in running a football club as your business? I hardly think so.
the majority of fans don't seem to experience 'the lift' that you mention!
And you've been successful in running a football club as your business? I hardly think so. the majority of fans don't seem to experience 'the lift' that you mention! United we stand
  • Score: 10

10:00am Tue 2 Sep 14

down the line says...

United we stand wrote:
And you've been successful in running a football club as your business? I hardly think so.
the majority of fans don't seem to experience 'the lift' that you mention!
Couldn't agree more. This is a really depressing appointment. Nothing against Tony Humes, I'm sure he's a good guy and I hope it works out...but lets get it right, this is a appointment that none of the fans wanted.
[quote][p][bold]United we stand[/bold] wrote: And you've been successful in running a football club as your business? I hardly think so. the majority of fans don't seem to experience 'the lift' that you mention![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. This is a really depressing appointment. Nothing against Tony Humes, I'm sure he's a good guy and I hope it works out...but lets get it right, this is a appointment that none of the fans wanted. down the line
  • Score: 14

11:19am Tue 2 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

down the line wrote:
United we stand wrote:
And you've been successful in running a football club as your business? I hardly think so.
the majority of fans don't seem to experience 'the lift' that you mention!
Couldn't agree more. This is a really depressing appointment. Nothing against Tony Humes, I'm sure he's a good guy and I hope it works out...but lets get it right, this is a appointment that none of the fans wanted.
"Nothing against Tony Humes"
What does that mean? Have we lost the Walsall game? When did we play?
Can we swap the nerds who sit throughout the games texting and tweeting-contributin
g nothing to the results-for some more vocal fans?
Simply criticising for the sake of it is useless and pointless.
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]United we stand[/bold] wrote: And you've been successful in running a football club as your business? I hardly think so. the majority of fans don't seem to experience 'the lift' that you mention![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. This is a really depressing appointment. Nothing against Tony Humes, I'm sure he's a good guy and I hope it works out...but lets get it right, this is a appointment that none of the fans wanted.[/p][/quote]"Nothing against Tony Humes" What does that mean? Have we lost the Walsall game? When did we play? Can we swap the nerds who sit throughout the games texting and tweeting-contributin g nothing to the results-for some more vocal fans? Simply criticising for the sake of it is useless and pointless. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -11

11:42am Tue 2 Sep 14

Renegades79 says...

IMO its a terrible appointment. How many genuine league 1 or higher players have cone from our academy in the last 5 years since Humes has been in charge? Two maybe three at best? I know there have been some changes but still. Also how successful have the last two managers been promoted internally? Nothing short of useless. Cowling is slowly killing our club. Speculate to accumulate.
IMO its a terrible appointment. How many genuine league 1 or higher players have cone from our academy in the last 5 years since Humes has been in charge? Two maybe three at best? I know there have been some changes but still. Also how successful have the last two managers been promoted internally? Nothing short of useless. Cowling is slowly killing our club. Speculate to accumulate. Renegades79
  • Score: 10

12:02pm Tue 2 Sep 14

totallyfootball says...

Humes in coming into a cauldron of despair created by a poor manager and clueless Chairman, good luck with that Tony!
Humes in coming into a cauldron of despair created by a poor manager and clueless Chairman, good luck with that Tony! totallyfootball
  • Score: 7

1:23pm Tue 2 Sep 14

mojo51 says...

I do not understand the vitriol that is being posted concerning Humes & Hall or the constant calls for RC to leave.
The investment within the training ground and youth setup has been substantial & this has now started to produce some quality players (Szmodics, Bonne, Gilbey). With the club stating that we require 7k fans per home game to break even and the fact that our gates are way below that, Where do you think the deficit is being made up from? It’s not my or your pocket.
We may all have our own views concerning RC but without the money he has invested we may not have a club to support. We as fans need to be careful for what we wish for. With the fan base as small as Colchester has. It has always been this way; it’s just that some have had rose tinted spectacles on when recollecting on about the Championship years. When we were within the Championship it was rare to have 7k fans at a game, this in part is due to the close proximity of bigger teams Ipswich, Norwich & the London clubs.
Do you think that there are business men looking at Colchester United and thinking “Now that will be a good club to take over?” They only need to take a look at some of these posts to see what sort of reception they may get when things on & off the pitch do not go the way the fans want them.
We as fans all want to stay up and for the club to do as well as we can, but we are a small fish in what (even in this league) is a big pond and especially more so now, due to the new FA legislation as we are no longer allowed to spend more than we can afford without having sanctions placed on the club by the FA.
Now is the time to get behind the management and players and let’s see what happens. Yes there needs to be changes & hopefully we may start to see some on the pitch.
Let’s give Humes & Hall a chance before writing them & the club off.
Up the U’s
I do not understand the vitriol that is being posted concerning Humes & Hall or the constant calls for RC to leave. The investment within the training ground and youth setup has been substantial & this has now started to produce some quality players (Szmodics, Bonne, Gilbey). With the club stating that we require 7k fans per home game to break even and the fact that our gates are way below that, Where do you think the deficit is being made up from? It’s not my or your pocket. We may all have our own views concerning RC but without the money he has invested we may not have a club to support. We as fans need to be careful for what we wish for. With the fan base as small as Colchester has. It has always been this way; it’s just that some have had rose tinted spectacles on when recollecting on about the Championship years. When we were within the Championship it was rare to have 7k fans at a game, this in part is due to the close proximity of bigger teams Ipswich, Norwich & the London clubs. Do you think that there are business men looking at Colchester United and thinking “Now that will be a good club to take over?” They only need to take a look at some of these posts to see what sort of reception they may get when things on & off the pitch do not go the way the fans want them. We as fans all want to stay up and for the club to do as well as we can, but we are a small fish in what (even in this league) is a big pond and especially more so now, due to the new FA legislation as we are no longer allowed to spend more than we can afford without having sanctions placed on the club by the FA. Now is the time to get behind the management and players and let’s see what happens. Yes there needs to be changes & hopefully we may start to see some on the pitch. Let’s give Humes & Hall a chance before writing them & the club off. Up the U’s mojo51
  • Score: -16

2:20pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Renegades79 says...

mojo51 wrote:
I do not understand the vitriol that is being posted concerning Humes & Hall or the constant calls for RC to leave.
The investment within the training ground and youth setup has been substantial & this has now started to produce some quality players (Szmodics, Bonne, Gilbey). With the club stating that we require 7k fans per home game to break even and the fact that our gates are way below that, Where do you think the deficit is being made up from? It’s not my or your pocket.
We may all have our own views concerning RC but without the money he has invested we may not have a club to support. We as fans need to be careful for what we wish for. With the fan base as small as Colchester has. It has always been this way; it’s just that some have had rose tinted spectacles on when recollecting on about the Championship years. When we were within the Championship it was rare to have 7k fans at a game, this in part is due to the close proximity of bigger teams Ipswich, Norwich & the London clubs.
Do you think that there are business men looking at Colchester United and thinking “Now that will be a good club to take over?” They only need to take a look at some of these posts to see what sort of reception they may get when things on & off the pitch do not go the way the fans want them.
We as fans all want to stay up and for the club to do as well as we can, but we are a small fish in what (even in this league) is a big pond and especially more so now, due to the new FA legislation as we are no longer allowed to spend more than we can afford without having sanctions placed on the club by the FA.
Now is the time to get behind the management and players and let’s see what happens. Yes there needs to be changes & hopefully we may start to see some on the pitch.
Let’s give Humes & Hall a chance before writing them & the club off.
Up the U’s
I'm sure if a manager with any clout came in it would encourage more fans and hence more revenue.
[quote][p][bold]mojo51[/bold] wrote: I do not understand the vitriol that is being posted concerning Humes & Hall or the constant calls for RC to leave. The investment within the training ground and youth setup has been substantial & this has now started to produce some quality players (Szmodics, Bonne, Gilbey). With the club stating that we require 7k fans per home game to break even and the fact that our gates are way below that, Where do you think the deficit is being made up from? It’s not my or your pocket. We may all have our own views concerning RC but without the money he has invested we may not have a club to support. We as fans need to be careful for what we wish for. With the fan base as small as Colchester has. It has always been this way; it’s just that some have had rose tinted spectacles on when recollecting on about the Championship years. When we were within the Championship it was rare to have 7k fans at a game, this in part is due to the close proximity of bigger teams Ipswich, Norwich & the London clubs. Do you think that there are business men looking at Colchester United and thinking “Now that will be a good club to take over?” They only need to take a look at some of these posts to see what sort of reception they may get when things on & off the pitch do not go the way the fans want them. We as fans all want to stay up and for the club to do as well as we can, but we are a small fish in what (even in this league) is a big pond and especially more so now, due to the new FA legislation as we are no longer allowed to spend more than we can afford without having sanctions placed on the club by the FA. Now is the time to get behind the management and players and let’s see what happens. Yes there needs to be changes & hopefully we may start to see some on the pitch. Let’s give Humes & Hall a chance before writing them & the club off. Up the U’s[/p][/quote]I'm sure if a manager with any clout came in it would encourage more fans and hence more revenue. Renegades79
  • Score: 8

9:37pm Tue 2 Sep 14

liamd1978 says...

Jog on cowling you Ediot
Jog on cowling you Ediot liamd1978
  • Score: 6

10:20pm Tue 2 Sep 14

LeCharlatan says...

Agree with mojo51 and Col Utd have a lot to thank RC for. However RC cannot always run a football club like a business esp with making 'high profile' appts. His 2 previous internal promotions (Ward & Dunne - groan by most fans) evidently have not worked - why make the same mistake again? Tony Humes - groan again. Is the town excited by this appt? NO. Has anyone heard of Tony Humes (apart from loyal U's fans). NO. Will they rush to buy a £20- £28 ticket to welcome the new manager? NO. To attract more casual supporters, RC needed to attract someone with either charisma, personality or a relative known respected name i.e. Paul Lambert. Jim Magilton, Tony Mowbray, ex Premiership player or others. This is the entertainment industry, celebrity culture. BRING EXCITEMENT TO THE CLUB instead of painting the walls Magnolia....again.
TH will have my full support unlike thousands of others who will just stick to Sky Sports. MISSED OPPORTUNITY...AGAIN
PS. Karl Duguid - your turn in 2 years time.
Agree with mojo51 and Col Utd have a lot to thank RC for. However RC cannot always run a football club like a business esp with making 'high profile' appts. His 2 previous internal promotions (Ward & Dunne - groan by most fans) evidently have not worked - why make the same mistake again? Tony Humes - groan again. Is the town excited by this appt? NO. Has anyone heard of Tony Humes (apart from loyal U's fans). NO. Will they rush to buy a £20- £28 ticket to welcome the new manager? NO. To attract more casual supporters, RC needed to attract someone with either charisma, personality or a relative known respected name i.e. Paul Lambert. Jim Magilton, Tony Mowbray, ex Premiership player or others. This is the entertainment industry, celebrity culture. BRING EXCITEMENT TO THE CLUB instead of painting the walls Magnolia....again. TH will have my full support unlike thousands of others who will just stick to Sky Sports. MISSED OPPORTUNITY...AGAIN PS. Karl Duguid - your turn in 2 years time. LeCharlatan
  • Score: 6

7:07am Wed 3 Sep 14

Layer Road Exile says...

With the appointment of Joe Dunne, Mr Cowling said that "following his gut instinct had always served him well" and that he could "see it in Joe Dunne's eyes". Let's see if his "I like to promote internally" business judgement is any better. The last two appointments from a business perspective have been a disaster and cost him heavily with fans leaving in their hundreds if not thousands. It used to be successful builders and car dealers who thought they could do the same in football club ownership but now it's technologists. Same outcome, different industries.
With the appointment of Joe Dunne, Mr Cowling said that "following his gut instinct had always served him well" and that he could "see it in Joe Dunne's eyes". Let's see if his "I like to promote internally" business judgement is any better. The last two appointments from a business perspective have been a disaster and cost him heavily with fans leaving in their hundreds if not thousands. It used to be successful builders and car dealers who thought they could do the same in football club ownership but now it's technologists. Same outcome, different industries. Layer Road Exile
  • Score: 10

10:08am Wed 3 Sep 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Let's face it, he has staggered from one crisis to another and doesn't have a clue about what he is doing. Sherringham, Lambert, Boothroyd, Ward etc. etc. He started out by trying to buy success which didn't work because of his "instincts concerning recruitment" and now he has gone to the opposite extreme. Neither unfortunately works, but there is a path somewhere between the two that could have brought him greater rewards, but he or "the board" (joke) have to select the right manager first.
Let's face it, he has staggered from one crisis to another and doesn't have a clue about what he is doing. Sherringham, Lambert, Boothroyd, Ward etc. etc. He started out by trying to buy success which didn't work because of his "instincts concerning recruitment" and now he has gone to the opposite extreme. Neither unfortunately works, but there is a path somewhere between the two that could have brought him greater rewards, but he or "the board" (joke) have to select the right manager first. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 11

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