U's legend backs Dunne to get Colchester back on track

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Backing - Richard Wilkins has no doubt that his former team-mate Joe Dunne can turn things around at Colchester United. Backing - Richard Wilkins has no doubt that his former team-mate Joe Dunne can turn things around at Colchester United.

Joe Dunne will be fighting “tooth and nail” to turn Colchester United’s fortunes around, according to his former team-mate Richard Wilkins.

But the ex-U’s favourite has warned that if Dunne keeps Colchester in League One this season, it will be a big achievement.

Wilkins knows the Irishman well, having lined up alongside him for the U’s as a player in the 1990s.

The popular duo were both members of the Colchester side that won promotion via the division three play-off final at Wembley, in 1998.

Wilkins said: “Joe was always fully committed as a player - and he’ll be no different as a manager.

“He lives and breathes Colchester and will be fighting tooth and nail to turn things around."

See Thursday's Gazette for more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including Duguid's Diary.

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4:06pm Thu 13 Dec 12

angryman!!! says...

I'm not sure how keeping us in league 1 is a big achievement, a team that's been no lower than top half of league 1 for what must be a decade nearly?
There's still a lot of teams that get smaller gates and also don't have the luxury of all the extra income the stadium gets for the club, with non football related events.
Yes I think most fans after recent performance would take it but realistically with this club should be mid table (like it has been for a while).
However I still think with dunne and kinsella in charge we will rise above ourselves, just maybe not this season though.
I'm not sure how keeping us in league 1 is a big achievement, a team that's been no lower than top half of league 1 for what must be a decade nearly? There's still a lot of teams that get smaller gates and also don't have the luxury of all the extra income the stadium gets for the club, with non football related events. Yes I think most fans after recent performance would take it but realistically with this club should be mid table (like it has been for a while). However I still think with dunne and kinsella in charge we will rise above ourselves, just maybe not this season though. angryman!!!

8:11pm Thu 13 Dec 12

crazy comments says...

The true football purists on this site last season only had to mention we would be relegation candidates this season,and were then scorned upon by the followers of Ward, who thought he was gods gift to football. We are now paying heavily for the mistakes made by the previous magagement, and if he was still here now, then we would have been in a worse position and rooted at the rock bottom of the table. To keep us in this league this season is going to take a miracle now. I know Joe will try his utmost for that not to happen, but unless he is ruthless in disposing of certain players to bring fresh ones in he has little hope. I am dreading Saturdays match at Bournmouth because they are playing superb football at this moment. Being without Bean,Magnus, Massey and Gilbey plus a few others with injuries will be a huge challenge for whatever team is that put out. I do fear a hammering could be on the cards but lets hope not. In fact it should be an eye opener to Joe watching Bournmouth playing atacking football and that you must have defenders that can get back in fefence just as quick as going forward. Fitness of players is still one of the biggest issues with me at Colchester and that needs looking into if Joe wants to play football his way. Whatever come rain or shine Saturday I will be cheering my beloved U's on. Miracles do happen and i'm praying for one on Saturday. .
The true football purists on this site last season only had to mention we would be relegation candidates this season,and were then scorned upon by the followers of Ward, who thought he was gods gift to football. We are now paying heavily for the mistakes made by the previous magagement, and if he was still here now, then we would have been in a worse position and rooted at the rock bottom of the table. To keep us in this league this season is going to take a miracle now. I know Joe will try his utmost for that not to happen, but unless he is ruthless in disposing of certain players to bring fresh ones in he has little hope. I am dreading Saturdays match at Bournmouth because they are playing superb football at this moment. Being without Bean,Magnus, Massey and Gilbey plus a few others with injuries will be a huge challenge for whatever team is that put out. I do fear a hammering could be on the cards but lets hope not. In fact it should be an eye opener to Joe watching Bournmouth playing atacking football and that you must have defenders that can get back in fefence just as quick as going forward. Fitness of players is still one of the biggest issues with me at Colchester and that needs looking into if Joe wants to play football his way. Whatever come rain or shine Saturday I will be cheering my beloved U's on. Miracles do happen and i'm praying for one on Saturday. . crazy comments

9:35pm Thu 13 Dec 12

angryman!!! says...

I'm sure the likes of bury, Hartlepool, scunny,Walsall and Portsmouth who could also be docked points are all thinking the same thing, we may be poor at the mo but there's worse out there
I'm sure the likes of bury, Hartlepool, scunny,Walsall and Portsmouth who could also be docked points are all thinking the same thing, we may be poor at the mo but there's worse out there angryman!!!

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