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Search For Head Coach Already Underway

External applications encouraged in search process

20 September 2022

The search for a new First Team Head Coach is underway.

Colchester United's Sporting Director Dmitri Halajko has explained the following to the club's official website:

"Following the chairman’s announcement on Sunday that Wayne Brown has been stood down from his role as First Team Head Coach, the recruitment process has already started to find a new First Team Head Coach who can take the club forward." 

"Although Wayne has been relieved of his duties, he has built a good squad ready for his successor.

"I will now start a detailed process to identify those candidates that we believe are the best fit for the prestigious role of being Colchester United’s next First Team Head Coach.

"It’s a very important appointment so we must be thorough. However, we will also be working extremely hard to make the right choice as smoothly and as quickly as possible.

"While we are in the recruitment process, we felt that the right thing to do was to put a completely different management team in charge for those games that are to be played whilst we conduct our search.

"Therefore, an interim management team led by Steve Ball and assisted by Ross Embleton and Elliott Ward will be put in place as a short-term measure to help the club during this period. 

"Steve has ruled himself out of the process of taking the role past this period and will return to his role as Technical Director when a new First Team Head Coach is appointed.

"The decision not to include Joe Dunne, David Huzzey and Darren Smith in the interim team should not be seen as an indication that those staff members have departed the club and will not be involved again in the future.

"This selection process will be completely open, and we are actively encouraging applications from outside the club to ensure we find the right person for the job."

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