Colchester United

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2021/2022

Colchester United

In


Cameron Coxe (Defender, Solihull Moors, Loan); Harry Beadle (Defender, Charlton Athletic); Luke Chambers (Defender, Ipswich Town); Alan Judge (Midfielder, Ipswich Town); Cole Skuse (Midfielder, Ipswich Town); Luke Hannatt (Midfielder, Cambridge United); Freddie Sears (Attacker, Ipswich Town); Frank Nouble (Attacker, Plymouth Argyle)

Out


Callum Coulter (Goalkeeper, released); Josh Doherty (sp) (Defender, Colchester United, Loan ended); Omar Sowunmi (sp) (Defender, released); Sammie McLeod (Defender, Portadown); Ben Stevenson (r) (Midfielder, Forest Green Rovers); Callum Harriott (r) (Midfielder, released); Courtney Senior (r) (Midfielder, Newport County); Diaz Wright (Midfielder, released); Harry Pell (r) Midfielder, Accrington Stanley); Kwarme Poku (r) Midfielder, Peterborough United); Luke Gambin (sp) (Midfielder, Hamrun Spartans); Paris Cowan-Hall (Midfielder, released); Tom Lapslie (sp) (Midfielder, Torquay United); Aramide Oteh (sp) (Attacker, Queens Park Rangers, Loan ended); Jevani Brown (sp) (Attacker, Exeter City); Josh Bohui (Attacker, released)

Hayden Mullins will be looking to make a name for himself after being given the Colchester United job on a permanent basis. Having twice been interim manager at Watford, he took over as interim boss again, this time at the Colchester Community Stadium at the end of March with the team on a horrendous run of form. A crucial home win over Essex and relegation rivals Southend United ensured they did enough to stay up. Even in such a short space of time, Mullins influence was evident as he tightened up a previously sieve-like defence and it was enough to earn him the job. Survival will have come as huge relief to owner Robbie Cowling, whose decision to sack John McGreal after losing in the play-off last summer looked increasingly like a big mistake. Mullins appears focused and single-minded and has allowed several regulars from last season to leave for pastures new. The biggest loss is midfielder Harry Pell, who has moved to League One Accrington Stanley, whilst allowing winger Courtney Senior to move on is something of a surprise. Striker Jevani Brown’s release was much less surprising having fallen out of favour. Cowling wants to build a model which allows young players to progress into the first team and full-back Justin Tchamadeu was the success story of last year. There has however been something of a move away from that philosophy with four experienced players signed from Ipswich Town in Luke Chambers, Alan Judge, Cole Skuse and Freddie Sears.

Target


Play-offs. Despite the disaster of the last campaign; Mullins has impressed so far and this summer’s additions are further cause for optimism.

Season Review
2020/2021

№20: Colchester United

It was a season to forget for Colchester United, who almost lost their Football League status, but survived by the skin of their teeth. Owner Robbie Cowling announced the pending departure of four key players from last season’s squad even before they had been beaten in the play-off semi-finals by Exeter City. It was a reaction to the global Covid-19 pandemic as he sought to protect the clubs finances. Head coach John McGreal soon followed and Steve Ball was appointed from within as his successor. Part of his brief was to bring through some talented youngsters in the first team and they made a steady if unspectacular start to the campaign. Ball stuck rigidly to a 4-2-3-1 system with midfielder Jevani Brown converted into a lone striker. Things started to unravel in winter and the weather didn’t help turning the Community Stadium pitch into a bog. The sale of full-back Cohen Bramall to Lincoln City was a further blow. They went on a 14-match winless run which saw Ball sacked and replaced by former player Wayne Brown. A 2-1 win over Carlisle United in March ended that run but it was the only victory in 24 games and Cowling acted again, replacing Brown with Coach Hayden Mullins. A crucial 2-0 home win over local and relegation rivals Southend United in April was enough to ensure they kept their heads above water. It has been a bruising season for everyone at the club and they will need some to reflect this summer. Mullins might have have done enough to keep the job for next season and he certainly tightened the defence.


Player of the Season: Tom Eastman

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