Jon Burn's Article from
the Essex County Standard
Well here we are again U's
fans. Congratulations to those who were determined to force the demise of Joe Dunne, and ultimately Mark Kinsella. Two Colchester
United legends who worked so hard for our club and who I'm sure would have laid down their lives for the cause should
the need have arisen. I am devastated to have lost them both and I am very disappointed for them and for this club that
they will not see the future benefits of all of the work they had put in during their tenure.
I have so much respect for them, especially Joe who was a heart
on the sleeve type of guy. A complete passion for football and a loyalty to this football club, that unfortunately seems to
have lead to him to feel that by staying around was not in the best interests of the U's. I agree that
results are key, but the performances were good and as I've said before we were just missing the final piece of the jigsaw,
scoring goals. Sorry to say that it's not the manager who fails to convert these chances time and again. It's the
players who are either unlucky, unable or even unconfident as they perhaps fear the moans if they miss, that fail to make
the chances count. That's all that is missing and yet it's the manager who takes the blame.
I am certainly glad that in my job I don't have customers standing
behind me criticising every thing I do on a personal and professional level.
The trouble is that after reading some of the fans comments since Monday,
Tony Humes and Richard Hall have already been written off before even a ball has been kicked. I find this incredible but sadly
a symptom of football in this day and age. I've never met them so have no views on what makes them tick, but they have
been a major part of this football club for several years and as such they know what the restraints are and what is expected
of them straight away. Plenty of "cheap option" comments have been made. Yes, I agree this appointment is just that,
but in my view it's the only sensible and logical option for where we are at the moment.
We have had "names" in charge of the U's in the past
and quite obviously they would want to bring in their own players through their own network of agents. What would become of
Academy and the work put into Category Two? It would cost money that quite simply the U's have not got and with no disrespect
to our Chairman, he is not sitting on massive pots of gold up in his office at Jobserve. He too has also felt the wrath of
some fans this week that would like to see the back of him. I must have missed the queue of keen buyers outside the WHCS waving
their blank cheque books. I would just say be careful what you wish for because in my view we would not have a Colchester
United to support if it wasn't for Robbie and his commitment. I admit he had some tough times at the outset, but he now
has the understanding of what it's like to own a football club. He has been learning much like Joe was as manager.
We have financial stability at the U's
and a long term plan and that is more than most clubs can say without the Premiership Parachutes. The Tiptree housing
project is in Colchester United's name and when that is realised we will benefit, but in the meantime I urge you to have
a really good look at the Financial Fair Play (SCMP) that covers League One. Just 60% of turnover can be spent on wages. It's
monitored monthly and it's worth remembering that there are others that take a slice of the turnover pie in Colchester.
Matchday income forms part of it and no one is to blame for this, but our attendances are lower than most. Yes we all hope
that when results improve more will come, but just like potential experienced managers, there are no guarantees.
It therefore falls to you good people to keep
thinking and talking positively about Colchester United. It's tough at times, but what drives me on is the thought
of those moments when I can stick the proverbial two fingers up at those who seek to make a joke out of the U's. We are
far from it and in times like these that we all need to really show what United is all about.
Finally then, and I apologise that my only football comment will
be that it's fantastic to have Sanchez Watt back playing again, is to pay immense thanks to Joe and Mark and wish them
all of the very best for future. Good luck to Tony and Richard tomorrow at Walsall and I wish them every success at the U's.
It's a new chapter that I hope many of you will continue to read and enjoy.
Up the U's!