McGreal departs Colchester

COLCHESTER UNITED has confirmed that they have parted company with Head Coach, John McGreal.

Liverpool-born McGreal took charge at the JobServe Community Stadium in May 2016, leading the North Essex outfit to the Sky Bet League Two play-offs at the conclusion of the last campaign.

But after play-off heartache coupled with the financial fallout following the COVID-19 pandemic, U’s Chairman, Robbie Cowling confirmed McGreal’s departure and a new plan to inline the first-team closely with the Clubs’ Academy.

In a statement released by the club via, Cowling explained; “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.”

McGreal has been connected with a return to the North-West with Tranmere Rovers, while former midfielder, Craig Fagan, currently looking after Southend United’s Under 23 side, amongst those linked with the vacant Colchester position. 

Brian Jeeves

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