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Colchester United have moved quickly to replace Steve Ball by appointing Wayne Brown as interim Head Coach.
Ball parted company with the North Essex outfit following Tuesday evenings 2-1 defeat at the hands of Exeter City – a result which extended the U’s winless sequence to thirteen games.
U’s Owner and Chairman, Robbie Cowling, took to the clubs official website to offer the following statement;
It was with massive regret that I made the decision to remove Steve Ball from his role as first-team Head Coach. Steve has worked tirelessly for the club for the last ten years and he absolutely loves Colchester United.
Steve is a very good and a very well respected coach and it is a shame that his opportunity to manage the first team has coincided with what has been the most difficult of years for the club.
If I could have afforded Steve more time to turn things around, I would have done but football is a merciless business and I decided that the only way to steer us out of the current rut was to change the first team Head Coach.
I have asked Wayne Brown to take over the role of First Team Coach for the next run of games that see us playing every Saturday and Tuesday for the next few weeks. It’s a difficult run of games and I want to give Wayne every opportunity to succeed in those games. Therefore I am not looking for any other applicants at this time.
As a player, Brown made 140 appearances for the U’s between 2003 and 2007. The 43-year-old represented several clubs during his career, including Ipswich Town, Hull City, Preston North End and Leicester City.
Having previously taken charge at Colchester under similar circumstances following the dismissal of Tony Humes in 2015, he would go on to managing the U’s under 23 side before taking charge at Isthmian League North club, Maldon & Tiptree.