Dunne must sell before making new signings

Gazette: Expecting business - Colchester boss Joe Dunne is predicting a busy time when the transfer window re-opens next month. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO71069-22) Expecting business - Colchester boss Joe Dunne is predicting a busy time when the transfer window re-opens next month. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO71069-22)

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne has admitted he must sell before making any permanent signings when the transfer window reopens next month.

The U’s boss has drawn up a January shopping list with a view to bolstering his squad for the second half of the League One season.

However, in order to generate funds Dunne will have to allow current players to leave the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

That could mean the likes of highly-rated midfielder Anthony Wordsworth leaving Colchester, in order to generate cash.

Dunne said: “I expect movement in the January transfer window, both in and out."

For more on this story and a full preview of Colchester United's game with Oldham Athletic tomorrow, see Friday's Daily Gazette.

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10:32am Fri 7 Dec 12

Mr Honest says...

We already know Wordsworth is leaving in January! Im not making any judgement on Dunne until he has his own squad and not the dregs from Wards tenure. Id only keep Eastman, Bean, O Toole and Sears from the current squad excluding the loanees. We need an experienced solid keeper urgently. I know we all have different opinions on who we would have in the team but Duguid, Rose, Izzet, Cousins and Morrison certainly need to be shipped out asap.
We already know Wordsworth is leaving in January! Im not making any judgement on Dunne until he has his own squad and not the dregs from Wards tenure. Id only keep Eastman, Bean, O Toole and Sears from the current squad excluding the loanees. We need an experienced solid keeper urgently. I know we all have different opinions on who we would have in the team but Duguid, Rose, Izzet, Cousins and Morrison certainly need to be shipped out asap. Mr Honest
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5:37pm Fri 7 Dec 12

crazy comments says...

I'm not to sure that many clubs will want any of our current squad. If they were put on ebay without reserve,I doubt they would fetch a bid. Plenty of dead wood to be got rid of and glad to see that Joe is looking in the right direction. He wants young hungry players that he can mould into his ways, with a couple of experienced players to organise things. Parky when our manager,went for players like Baldwin,Chilvers Danns,Yates, Fagan,Vine who were mostly on the books with Premier league clubs.We also had Halford ,Izzet and Dugie who were then a different age to what they are now. You do need young players with skill and Joe done that with the two youngsters from Arsenal that he signed on loan.. I agree with Mr Honest on the players he has mentioned plus a couple more that need to be moved on,to bring fresh players in. Lets hoping weather permitting a good result tommorow.
I'm not to sure that many clubs will want any of our current squad. If they were put on ebay without reserve,I doubt they would fetch a bid. Plenty of dead wood to be got rid of and glad to see that Joe is looking in the right direction. He wants young hungry players that he can mould into his ways, with a couple of experienced players to organise things. Parky when our manager,went for players like Baldwin,Chilvers Danns,Yates, Fagan,Vine who were mostly on the books with Premier league clubs.We also had Halford ,Izzet and Dugie who were then a different age to what they are now. You do need young players with skill and Joe done that with the two youngsters from Arsenal that he signed on loan.. I agree with Mr Honest on the players he has mentioned plus a couple more that need to be moved on,to bring fresh players in. Lets hoping weather permitting a good result tommorow. crazy comments
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6:41pm Fri 7 Dec 12

super waluigi says...

I don't think it is so much that he needs to sell, but more importantly he needs to cut the wage bill in order to bring in more players. Yes Izzet, Duguid and Heath are not as good as they once were, but I bet they demand a fraction in wages compared to O'toole and some of the others. Hence why they are here.

I think it is more likely that we will see the experienced players stay, as well as the better youth players. Simply because we would have a squad of 12 players if we only had top players/earners. I think cuts will be made amongst the bigger earners.
I don't think it is so much that he needs to sell, but more importantly he needs to cut the wage bill in order to bring in more players. Yes Izzet, Duguid and Heath are not as good as they once were, but I bet they demand a fraction in wages compared to O'toole and some of the others. Hence why they are here. I think it is more likely that we will see the experienced players stay, as well as the better youth players. Simply because we would have a squad of 12 players if we only had top players/earners. I think cuts will be made amongst the bigger earners. super waluigi
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9:38am Sat 8 Dec 12

Noah4x4 says...

I think Joe Dunne is going to surprise us, with the full backing of Robbie Cowling.

We now have a Category II Academy and can go places in future, but our youth players are perhaps not quite ready, except for Drey Wright.

I reckon Joe is going to bring in a host of new exciting players, whilst off-loading whatever he can to reduce wages. He will be hampered by existing longevity of contracts, so some of those discarded might not be on the fans list for an exit.

It's vital that the fans back him, and accept that within our new attractive passing style we win more, lose more and draw less. Four wins from 10 games (12 pts) is better than ten draws - but we might lose six.
I think Joe Dunne is going to surprise us, with the full backing of Robbie Cowling. We now have a Category II Academy and can go places in future, but our youth players are perhaps not quite ready, except for Drey Wright. I reckon Joe is going to bring in a host of new exciting players, whilst off-loading whatever he can to reduce wages. He will be hampered by existing longevity of contracts, so some of those discarded might not be on the fans list for an exit. It's vital that the fans back him, and accept that within our new attractive passing style we win more, lose more and draw less. Four wins from 10 games (12 pts) is better than ten draws - but we might lose six. Noah4x4
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