JOHN McGreal's time as Colchester United's head coach is over.

McGreal parted company with the U's today, after just over four years in the role and more than 200 matches as boss.

The former Ipswich Town defender succeeded Kevin Keen in the JobServe Community Stadium hot seat on May 4, 2016.

His first game in charge was a 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United, on the opening day of the 2016-17 League Two campaign.

He has overseen nearly four seasons in the managerial hotseat since then - twice missing out on the play-offs by a single point on the last day of the campaign.

McGreal led Colchester to sixth spot in League Two with nine games of the current season remaining, prior to the campaign being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That secured the U's place in the play-offs, where they were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by Exeter City, over two legs.

Colchester also reached the Carabao Cup quarter-finals for only the second time in their history this season, beating Spurs and Crystal Palace on their way to bowing out at Manchester United.

Here's John McGreal's time as Colchester United boss - in pictures.