STEVE Ball has been unveiled as the new head coach at Colchester United.

The 50-year-old has a long connection with the club and was assistant manager to former boss John McGreal.

He also played for the club in two spells, as well as taking on various coaching roles.

Chairman Robbie Cowling said: “Steve was a natural choice because as well as being an excellent coach, he knows the club inside out, having started as an Academy coach.

"He also understands the demands of the first team, having been assistant for the last four seasons.

“Steve is taking the reins at a pivotal time for the club.

"The financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic has forced us into releasing a number of senior players that I’m sure Steve would have liked us to have kept.

“He is likely to have to deal with issues that no first team coach or manager before him has had to endure.

"However, our club is not alone and I trust that everyone is appreciative of our situation and will give Steve their full support."

Ball was introduced at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.