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U's part company with McGreal

14 July 2020

Colchester United have parted company with Head Coach John McGreal.

In announcing the news on Tuesday morning, Chairman Robbie Cowling said the following: 

Colchester United are seeking a new First Team Head Coach. I spoke with John McGreal on Friday 3rd July to explain that the club is going to be implementing a new plan that will see the first team being even more tightly aligned to the Academy and that I along with my three other directors, (Tony Humes, Tony Ashby and Jon De Souza), felt a change of First Team Head Coach was required if our new direction was to be successfully implemented.

This was a very tough decision for a number of reasons, but not least because John has been First Team Head Coach for the last four years.

This last season has been one of the club’s best seasons for a number of years and John should be very proud of his time in charge of the first team.

However, the club is not only facing a number of unprecedented challenges but also some unprecedented opportunities and myself and the other directors believe significant changes are required that will be best served with a new Head Coach.

John has done a great job for Colchester United and I wish him well for his future.


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