WAYNE Brown insists there is no rush to enter talks over his Colchester United future.

The interim head coach has done an impressive job in steering the U's to League Two safety, over the past three-and-a-half months.

Brown, working alongside Joe Dunne and Dave Huzzey, has led Colchester to a 15th-place finish in League Two since taking temporary charge in January.

The former U's defender is expected to be appointed as the club's head coach on a permanent basis.

However, he says there is no immediate hurry when it comes to sitting down for discussions with chairman and owner Robbie Cowling.

Brown said: “There’s no rush.

“The season’s over now so I’m sure there’ll be a conversation between myself and the chairman, going forwards.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, if I’m honest and thankful for the opportunity."


Colchester's players have now departed for their off-season break, following the completion of the League Two season.

The U's held individual player meetings at Florence Park last week, along with end-of-season fitness testing.

The Colchester players returning for the next campaign have already been given their individual close-season fitness schedules to adhere to.

The U's players are set to return at the end of June for pre-season training in readiness for the 2022-23 season, which starts on July 30.

“It’s a short break this summer with the new season starting earlier we’re going to be in earlier," said Brown.

“So it’s important that the lads get themselves off with their families, have some downtime for a few weeks, do their off-season programmes and come back fighting fit.

“They’re off now but we won’t be.

“We’ll be in, when we’re in this country, working hard to keep striving and keep improving the squad and keep moving forward."

Brown says he had a brief post-match chat with his Colchester players in the changing room following their final game of the season at Hartlepool United, last Saturday.

He added: “We kept it short and sweet.

“We’ve done a lot of talking this season, particularly in between fixtures when we’ve been preparing the lads and sometimes, you can do too much.

“After a 2-0 result away from home with a win and a clean sheet, there’s not too much to be said."