COLCHESTER United head coach Steve Ball says he is unfazed by the challenges of managing a club in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chairman Robbie Cowling said football needs a "little reset" and it is clear that with crowds not able to attend matches, there will be a financial strain on all clubs.

However, Ball has vowed to take whatever challenges come his way in his stride.

"I don't think the model's changed too much," he said.

"Any model evolves and, as a club, we've always worked hard with our younger players.

"We've brought some really good young players through and that will continue.

"It's an exciting time and it gives the next set of kids here an opportunity to step up to the plate and be involved.

"We've got a competitive squad and a good blend of youth and experience.

"There's no doubt about that and we've always had that here.

"There's going to be opportunities for everyone and then we'll take stock and see where we are at the end of pre-season."

Given his vast experience and knowledge of the club, Ball is confident he is the right man to take Colchester forward.

"I've worked with every age group from under-12s upwards so I can safely say I know the club and those experiences will hopefully serve me well," he said.

"Everyone has ambition and I had a great four years with John.

"There were some near misses along the way and it was a big learning curve.

"But this is part of my continued development and it's always been an ambition of mine."