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U's boss Dunne believes it's a "miracle" chairman Cowling is still at the club
8:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Sport
COLCHESTER United manager Joe Dunne admits it is a “miracle” that Robbie Cowling is still at the club.
The U’s boss has praised his chairman for his “exceptional” support, in the wake of their recent injury crisis.
Colchester are still in negotiations to extend Matt Taylor’s loan spell from Bradford City, which expires after their League One game at Brentford.
And Dunne has conceded they may not be able to afford to keep the defender beyond tomorrow’s trip to Griffin Park.
However, he is grateful that Cowling continues to plough funds into the club, despite continued small crowds at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Dunne said: “I’m just pleased that the chairman still supports us the way he does.
“The fans that come are brilliant but with 2,900-odd people here last Saturday in a 10,000-seater stadium, it’s a miracle that he’s still here.
“I’m just glad that he has the passion to drive on and try to do what we’re doing here.
“We can only do what we can do but the chairman has been exceptionally supportive of everything we’ve tried to do.
“He’s helped me to bolster the squad when I’ve needed to and it’s been pretty hectic, over the last few weeks.
“But at some stage, we go to our limit or go above it and it may be difficult to keep Matt after Saturday.
“It’s understandable though, because the chairman has done great for us.
“He’s supported me in what I’ve tried to do and he’ll always try and do that.
“But at some stage, we have to be careful and live by our means.
“The experienced guys cost a lot more to bring in than the younger guys and the bigger clubs also help out more, financially.”
Cowling, who took control of the U’s in 2006, has ploughed funds into the club’s first team, academy and Florence Park training ground, over recent years.
But in August, the Colchester chairman told the Gazette that while he still has the same enthusiasm for the role, he could walk away if he does not receive more backing from within the town.
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