Humes wants U's players to enjoy their football

New era - Tony Humes (left) is preparing to take charge of his first game as Colchester United manager. Picture: STEVE BRADING

New era - Tony Humes (left) is preparing to take charge of his first game as Colchester United manager. Picture: STEVE BRADING

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Tony Humes has urged his players to go out and enjoy themselves in his first game as Colchester United manager tomorrow.

Humes will be in the dugout for the first time as U’s boss at Walsall, following his appointment as Joe Dunne’s successor this week.

The former Colchester head of youth has inherited a struggling side who are still searching for their first win in League One, this season.

But their opponents Walsall are also yet to taste victory so far, having drawn three and two of their opening five games.

And despite their winless run, Humes believes it is important that the U’s enjoy their football, as the club embark on a new era tomorrow.

Humes said: “If the players enjoy their football, they’re going to be performing well.

“If they’re not enjoying it, the performances won’t be there because the game isn’t going right for them.

“If we can get that enjoyment factor and enthusiasm that they want to go out and play and express themselves, then the game should be positive.

“It’s the results - that’s the only thing that needs fixing for me.

“There’ll be bits we’ll add and bits we’ll take out but it’ll be similar.

“Hopefully, the players will pick up on what we’re trying to do quite quickly so we can see it in the performance.

“We’ve been creating chances without taking them, so we have to be a bit more clinical.

“Defensively, we’ve probably already conceded too many goals to be able to stay in a game.

“If we’re not scoring, we have to make sure that we’re tighter in that third of the field.

“We’ve got one or two ideas to try and get us a little bit more organised in defence and a little bit more prolific up front, too.

“You can’t go away hoping not to concede in every game - we have to go into it hoping to create chances.

“The philosophy, the style and the systems will be very similar.

“But every individual has got different interpretations and different intricacies.”

Midfielder Craig Eastmond is likely to be back in the U’s squad, having been given time away from the club last week by former boss Dunne.

Humes said: “Craig is available - he has taken part in every session with us this week and he’s looked quite sharp.”

For a three-page preview of Colchester United's game with Walsall, see Friday's Daily Gazette.

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10:02am Fri 5 Sep 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

It would also help enormously if we did too!
It would also help enormously if we did too! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 6

10:46am Fri 5 Sep 14

totallyfootball says...

They have been doing that for three seasons, money for old rope and why we are sitting where we are now. Its time to roll our sleeves up show some passion, bite, appetite for game, guts and do things properly, then you can start to enjoy it and the fans will to!
They have been doing that for three seasons, money for old rope and why we are sitting where we are now. Its time to roll our sleeves up show some passion, bite, appetite for game, guts and do things properly, then you can start to enjoy it and the fans will to! totallyfootball
  • Score: 4

3:38pm Fri 5 Sep 14

WEWANTGOALS says...

Although I don't think Tony Humes is the man for the job, I wish him all the very best for the game against Walsall tomorrow, if we like it or not he is the only person at present who has a chance to turn things around with this group of players, having seen comments posted on here this season and last season, its been evident that Joe Dunne has caused a big divide between supporters, and it is my opinion that he had caused a divide amongst himself and the players as well, and with Craig Eastmond being told by Joe Dunne that he could have time away from the club, suggests to me that maybe Craig Eastmond had, had enough of the Joe Dunne way of playing, and properly told him so. If this is the case lets just hope Tony is able to get the full backing of the players, although my fear is, that tactically it will be similar to the Joe Dunne way of playing. Im not going for my usual prediction of another defeat this week, instead im going to be optimistic and go for a draw. Come on Tony Humes give us fans something to cheer about this weekend. COME ON COL U
Although I don't think Tony Humes is the man for the job, I wish him all the very best for the game against Walsall tomorrow, if we like it or not he is the only person at present who has a chance to turn things around with this group of players, having seen comments posted on here this season and last season, its been evident that Joe Dunne has caused a big divide between supporters, and it is my opinion that he had caused a divide amongst himself and the players as well, and with Craig Eastmond being told by Joe Dunne that he could have time away from the club, suggests to me that maybe Craig Eastmond had, had enough of the Joe Dunne way of playing, and properly told him so. If this is the case lets just hope Tony is able to get the full backing of the players, although my fear is, that tactically it will be similar to the Joe Dunne way of playing. Im not going for my usual prediction of another defeat this week, instead im going to be optimistic and go for a draw. Come on Tony Humes give us fans something to cheer about this weekend. COME ON COL U WEWANTGOALS
  • Score: 3

3:54pm Fri 5 Sep 14

totallyfootball says...

WEWANTGOALS wrote:
Although I don't think Tony Humes is the man for the job, I wish him all the very best for the game against Walsall tomorrow, if we like it or not he is the only person at present who has a chance to turn things around with this group of players, having seen comments posted on here this season and last season, its been evident that Joe Dunne has caused a big divide between supporters, and it is my opinion that he had caused a divide amongst himself and the players as well, and with Craig Eastmond being told by Joe Dunne that he could have time away from the club, suggests to me that maybe Craig Eastmond had, had enough of the Joe Dunne way of playing, and properly told him so. If this is the case lets just hope Tony is able to get the full backing of the players, although my fear is, that tactically it will be similar to the Joe Dunne way of playing. Im not going for my usual prediction of another defeat this week, instead im going to be optimistic and go for a draw. Come on Tony Humes give us fans something to cheer about this weekend. COME ON COL U
Ditto to the above! Its not the right appointment by far but lets see where it goes?
[quote][p][bold]WEWANTGOALS[/bold] wrote: Although I don't think Tony Humes is the man for the job, I wish him all the very best for the game against Walsall tomorrow, if we like it or not he is the only person at present who has a chance to turn things around with this group of players, having seen comments posted on here this season and last season, its been evident that Joe Dunne has caused a big divide between supporters, and it is my opinion that he had caused a divide amongst himself and the players as well, and with Craig Eastmond being told by Joe Dunne that he could have time away from the club, suggests to me that maybe Craig Eastmond had, had enough of the Joe Dunne way of playing, and properly told him so. If this is the case lets just hope Tony is able to get the full backing of the players, although my fear is, that tactically it will be similar to the Joe Dunne way of playing. Im not going for my usual prediction of another defeat this week, instead im going to be optimistic and go for a draw. Come on Tony Humes give us fans something to cheer about this weekend. COME ON COL U[/p][/quote]Ditto to the above! Its not the right appointment by far but lets see where it goes? totallyfootball
  • Score: 3

5:22pm Fri 5 Sep 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

WEWANTGOALS wrote:
Although I don't think Tony Humes is the man for the job, I wish him all the very best for the game against Walsall tomorrow, if we like it or not he is the only person at present who has a chance to turn things around with this group of players, having seen comments posted on here this season and last season, its been evident that Joe Dunne has caused a big divide between supporters, and it is my opinion that he had caused a divide amongst himself and the players as well, and with Craig Eastmond being told by Joe Dunne that he could have time away from the club, suggests to me that maybe Craig Eastmond had, had enough of the Joe Dunne way of playing, and properly told him so. If this is the case lets just hope Tony is able to get the full backing of the players, although my fear is, that tactically it will be similar to the Joe Dunne way of playing. Im not going for my usual prediction of another defeat this week, instead im going to be optimistic and go for a draw. Come on Tony Humes give us fans something to cheer about this weekend. COME ON COL U
I think it's Cowling that has caused a bigger rift between supporters than Dunne. After all he's the one who does the hiring and firing.
[quote][p][bold]WEWANTGOALS[/bold] wrote: Although I don't think Tony Humes is the man for the job, I wish him all the very best for the game against Walsall tomorrow, if we like it or not he is the only person at present who has a chance to turn things around with this group of players, having seen comments posted on here this season and last season, its been evident that Joe Dunne has caused a big divide between supporters, and it is my opinion that he had caused a divide amongst himself and the players as well, and with Craig Eastmond being told by Joe Dunne that he could have time away from the club, suggests to me that maybe Craig Eastmond had, had enough of the Joe Dunne way of playing, and properly told him so. If this is the case lets just hope Tony is able to get the full backing of the players, although my fear is, that tactically it will be similar to the Joe Dunne way of playing. Im not going for my usual prediction of another defeat this week, instead im going to be optimistic and go for a draw. Come on Tony Humes give us fans something to cheer about this weekend. COME ON COL U[/p][/quote]I think it's Cowling that has caused a bigger rift between supporters than Dunne. After all he's the one who does the hiring and firing. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 1

5:34pm Fri 5 Sep 14

stevedawson says...

Alias Joe dunne.alas for col u.
Alias Joe dunne.alas for col u. stevedawson
  • Score: 1
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