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Dunne unveiled as the U's new boss
Joe Dunne is Colchester United’s new manager.
The 39-year-old has been unveiled as the successor to John Ward, who was sacked on Monday, at a press conference at the Weston Homes Community Stadium this morning.
Dunne was originally placed in temporary charge of the U’s, following Ward’s departure and has been given the role on a permanent basis.
His first game in charge will be the U’s home clash with Hartlepool United on Saturday.
Colchester chairman Robbie Cowling is a big admirer of Dunne, who has been on the coaching staff at the U’s for more than ten years.
And it seems as though he has put his faith in the Irishman to get Colchester back to winning ways, following their disastrous start to the season when they have failed to win any of their opening nine league and cup games.
The likes of Sean Dyche, George Burley and Mark Kinsella have been linked to the Colchester job this week, but Dunne was the bookmakers’ favourite to take over.
And he is a figure well-known to Colchester’s fans.
The tenacious full-back was signed by former boss Steve Wignall and made his first appearance as a U’s player in March 1996.
Ironically his debut came against Hartlepool, the same team who his team will face this weekend.
The Irishman went on to make 188 appearances and scored seven goals before a knee injury brought his playing career to a premature halt in 2001.
But his association with Colchester was far from over and Dunne has held jobs as head of the club’s youth section, reserve-team boss and first-team coach over the last 11 years.
He had four games in charge as caretaker boss after the departure of Paul Lambert to Norwich City, winning one game, drawing one and losing two, and was made assistant manager to Ward in June 2010.
And he has now been fully handed the reins with the task of turning the team’s fortunes around after their difficult start to the campaign.
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