Dunne expects League One to be just as tough next season

Rovers return - Colchester United will take on Doncaster Rovers in League One again next season. Picture: ADRIAN RUSHTON (CO69248-096)

Rovers return - Colchester United will take on Doncaster Rovers in League One again next season. Picture: ADRIAN RUSHTON (CO69248-096)

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Joe Dunne says he is expecting League One to be just as tough again next season.

Colchester United are preparing for a seventh successive campaign in the division, which is now beginning to take shape for next year.

The League One play-off final between Leyton Orient and Rotherham United takes place at Wembley, on Sunday.

And one further team will also be promoted to the division from League Two, with Burton Albion taking on Fleetwood on Bank Holiday Monday.

Doncaster Rovers, Barnsley and Yeovil Town were relegated from the Championship, while Scunthorpe United, Chesterfield and Rochdale went up from League Two.

And with the likes of Preston North End, Sheffield United, Bristol City and Peterbrough United remaining in League One, it promises to be a competitive once again next season.

U’s boss Dunne said: “It’s a tough division and it’s going to be just as tough, next year.

“I don’t agree that the league next year will be slightly easier.

“I think the teams that are coming up and coming down will form yet again the basis of an extremely competitive league.

“Teams generally with a top budget will get out of this league.

“But to get out of this division is hard and we’re set for another tough season - I’m not going to pretend otherwise.”

For all of the latest Colchester United news, including more on Dominic Vose's new two-year deal with the U's, see Friday's Daily Gazette.

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9:25am Fri 23 May 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

It will be for us for ever and a day having to rely on youngsters season after season!
It will be for us for ever and a day having to rely on youngsters season after season! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 1

10:46am Fri 23 May 14

angryman!!! says...

I disagree with you joe. Looking at teams going down and up, it's probably one of the lowest quality for a long time. Then with likes of sheff u, Coventry and Peterborough, these team are very unlikely to splash the cash. I think there will be alot of the smaller teams making up the top 6 next season.
If we could get a goal scorer, full backs and a centre back we could even be one of them.
Alex wynter and elekobi would be great additions. Also I think if eastmond and watt both start season injury free we could see then at their full potential, same as freddy.
I disagree with you joe. Looking at teams going down and up, it's probably one of the lowest quality for a long time. Then with likes of sheff u, Coventry and Peterborough, these team are very unlikely to splash the cash. I think there will be alot of the smaller teams making up the top 6 next season. If we could get a goal scorer, full backs and a centre back we could even be one of them. Alex wynter and elekobi would be great additions. Also I think if eastmond and watt both start season injury free we could see then at their full potential, same as freddy. angryman!!!
  • Score: 3

11:18am Fri 23 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

We cannot wait until the last 2 games again before the true Us start fighting.
From what I saw at Walsall-Forget wasting our money on Wynter or any more lightweight midfielders. Its goals we need-not "pretty" passing.
We cannot wait until the last 2 games again before the true Us start fighting. From what I saw at Walsall-Forget wasting our money on Wynter or any more lightweight midfielders. Its goals we need-not "pretty" passing. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -5

5:56pm Fri 23 May 14

pipedown says...

Wynter is top defender mate. He's got pace and strength, and can take the ball up the pitch. He can play in a few different positions and that level of flexibility is essential in our league. I think you'll see a couple of full backs come in (obvious) and maybe 1 more player....hopefully a striker. Don't expect a busy summer though. Foundations are there, just need to add a bit more quality.
Wynter is top defender mate. He's got pace and strength, and can take the ball up the pitch. He can play in a few different positions and that level of flexibility is essential in our league. I think you'll see a couple of full backs come in (obvious) and maybe 1 more player....hopefully a striker. Don't expect a busy summer though. Foundations are there, just need to add a bit more quality. pipedown
  • Score: 9

7:02pm Fri 23 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

The foundations are there-after 7 years. But 14/15 has to be a return to high quality entertainment-loud Us banter-and easy parking for home supporters.
No more boring midfield games.
The foundations are there-after 7 years. But 14/15 has to be a return to high quality entertainment-loud Us banter-and easy parking for home supporters. No more boring midfield games. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -1

1:54pm Sat 24 May 14

angryman!!! says...

There will be no banter at that ground while you have away fan so at away. This in turn reduces the amount of away fan that bother to come (commonly voted one of the worst away days) which then reduces the amount of home fans come as it's so sterile. Not helped by over zealous stewards that then target the kids that do try and create an attmosphere (although anyone that sings west life should be banned for life or shot).
Shame as the club does seen to be doing some good things esp with the free under 11 season tickets.
There will be no banter at that ground while you have away fan so at away. This in turn reduces the amount of away fan that bother to come (commonly voted one of the worst away days) which then reduces the amount of home fans come as it's so sterile. Not helped by over zealous stewards that then target the kids that do try and create an attmosphere (although anyone that sings west life should be banned for life or shot). Shame as the club does seen to be doing some good things esp with the free under 11 season tickets. angryman!!!
  • Score: 0

3:11pm Sat 24 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

angryman/
I know exactly what you are saying but it doesn't help..
Instead of targetting children and families as a two trick pony- Its the over 25s who don't take children to the games -with money in their pockets-where the customer base lies.
Many of these lapsed fans have only been to cuckoo once or twice over 7 years. With the foundations in place-the time is now.
angryman/ I know exactly what you are saying but it doesn't help.. Instead of targetting children and families as a two trick pony- Its the over 25s who don't take children to the games -with money in their pockets-where the customer base lies. Many of these lapsed fans have only been to cuckoo once or twice over 7 years. With the foundations in place-the time is now. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 4

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