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Ward will not desert Colchester United
Defiant Colchester United boss John Ward has stressed that he will not walk away from his struggling side.
Ward will take charge of his 100th league game as U’s manager tomorrow when they travel to play Scunthorpe United.
Colchester have made their worst start to a league season in more than 60 years, after failing to win any of their first seven matches in League One.
Some fans have called for Ward to be replaced in the hot seat, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium .
However, he is determined to turn around his team’s flagging fortunes - starting with their trip to Glanford Park this weekend.
Ward said: “There are some fans who are (critical) and they’re bound to be.
“You can’t expect people to come and applaud a team when they’re not playing so well or winning.
“But you don’t abandon a relative of yours or someone you like if he or she is having a difficult time.
“You try and bring them through and I think football is like that for a lot of people.
“Twenty-odd years ago, this club wasn’t even in the league.
“But people stayed with it then and supported it and got it back into its present shape, which is good in a lot of ways.
“They wouldn’t expect me to desert the team and I won’t.
“The fans have the choice of whether or not they come and to be fair, the ones that have come have chosen to come and support the team, which is great.
“When the team does turn it around, those people will know that they stayed with the team all the way through it.
“They will feel a sense of pleasure and satisfaction that they’ve done that, when times were really tough.”
See Friday's Gazette for more on this story and a full preview of Colchester United's game at Scunthorpe United tomorrow.