Joe Dunne has insisted he will not abandon his football principles in the wake of Colchester United’s losing run.

Dunne admitted he was left contemplating his future as U’s boss in the aftermath of his side’s defeat against fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United.

However, he has since been given the full support of chairman Robbie Cowling, who has backed him to turn Colchester’s fortunes around.

Dunne said he does not regret what he said in the minutes that followed the U’s loss against Scunthorpe last Saturday, their ninth defeat in a row.

And he is adamant that he will not shift from his philosophy of seeing Colchester play free-flowing football - at every level.

Dunne said: “I stand by what I said - I feel very strongly about what I want to bring to the football club.

“I believe what I’m trying to do is right, as it’s the future of football over the next ten years."

See Wednesday's Gazette for more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including an interview with new U's signing Billy Clifford.