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Colchester United sack manager John Ward after poor start to season
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- John Ward has been relieved of his duties as Colchester United manager.
- The 61-year-old has left his position as U's boss, after his side went eight games without a win this season.
- It is the U's worst-ever league start in their 75-year history.
- Assistant manager Joe Dunne has taken temporary charge of the U's, following Ward's departure.
- Chairman Robbie Cowling told the U's website: "In so many areas, John Ward will leave Colchester United Football Club in a better position than when he first took over as First Team Manager.
- "So much of Colchester United is better than it has ever been, but sadly that is not being reflected in first team results and the board has decided that this action is required to stop the negativity of the on-field results impacting on the other areas of the club that have also been drastically improved.
- "I would like to thank John Ward for his time in charge. He has done more for Colchester United than many people realise, and the board of Colchester United and especially myself would like to wish him all of the very best for the future.
- "Joe Dunne has agreed to take over in the short term and I am sure that everyone will give Joe their full support."
- For more on this story and all of the reaction to Ward's departure, see Tuesday's Gazette.
Skipper Ken Izzet says players have to accept some blame for John Ward's departure.
The midfielder believes bad luck has played a part in the dreadful start to the season, but admitted results have not been good enough.
He said: "We have to take some of the blame as we are the ones out there, but I don't think the performances have been that bad."
Full interview in today's Gazette.
COLCHESTER United stalwart Karl Duguid has expressed his sadness at John Ward’s departure.
The long-serving player has made more than 400 league appearances for the club and, after a spell at Plymouth Argyle, was re-signed by Ward in July 2011.
“It’s always sad to see a manager go,” said Duguid.
“They always try to do the job as best they can, but sometimes it doesn’t work out.
“The result haven’t gone as we would have liked and, as players, we play a big part in that, because we go out there on a Saturday afternoon.
“We’re all disappointed because it’s sad to see a manager go, but it’s a results business.”
For more from Duguid and full coverage of Ward's departure, see Tuesday's Daily Gazette.
Ward departs U's
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