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Interim boss Wayne Brown on the U's trip to Nailsworth

26 February 2021

Interim U's boss Wayne Brown has given his first interview since being put in charge of first team affairs with the Colchester United First Team, and is looking forward to getting underway this weekend at Forest Green Rovers.

The former Colchester United player and youth coach, Wayne Brown has been taking first team training sessions since the departure of Steve Ball on Tuesday evening, with the Maldon and Tiptree boss set to be on the touchline for the game at the innocent New Lawn. 

Brown, who made 160 appearances for Colchester United between 2004 and 2007 with a short loan stint in 1997, is the former U23 coach for the U's before he left that post to take on the Head Coach role at Park Drive. 

And after three successful seasons with the Jammers, Wayne is looking forward to getting stuck into League football in the coming weeks for the next run of games.

 "It's a great opportunity for myself, something that I want to meet head on and give my best at it. Hopefully we can make an impact straight away and hit the ground running and turn this run that we've been on around." - Wayne Brown

"Robbie and the club thought it would be the right time for me to come on board and put my experience into this environment. I've certainly gained valuable experience from being at Maldon, and I've matured a lot. 

"I think it was a brave decision not to take the position five years ago when it was offered to me. I felt that I wasn't ready, but it's different now. I feel the time is right. 

"We had a fantastic start to the season, but every team has bad runs. It happens, it's football. It's how quickly you can turn it around and get out of the rut. That's exactly what the aim is, to get some points on the board."

Forest Green will be the opponents for Brown's first league game in charge of Colchester United this season, with Rovers being defeated in their last game 3-1 by Essex rivals Southend United on Wednesday evening. 

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