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Born and Bred: Colchester United

Started on 14 March 2017 by ScottT / First Post
Latest Reply on 31 August 2017 by De Magere / Last Post
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2 yearsEdited

A Whole New Saga

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"I've come back from injury and completely been isolated out of your plans, it's not right. I was promised that I would be playing regular football before I retired – I know I haven't got long left and this was the club to come to for what I wanted. Instead, I've not even been on the bench and not getting the football I want, screw that... deserve," said Lloyd Doyley. He had joined on a free after being released by Watford and then Rotherham before I arrived.

"I can't go offering first team places to anyone Lloyd, you were promised by the previous manager John McGreal that you would be getting those starts, not me. I'm afraid you are going to have to prove your value in training and the reserves matches you are placed in – coming into my office and ranting and raving at me isn't going to change anything," I told him assertively. I felt sorry for the guy really as he'd been very unfortunate with the injuries he had sustained in the past few years. He had only got three appearances down last season for Rotherham mostly down to that and only six the year before at Watford.

The thing is, Doyley was one of the problems at the club and secretly he was someone I was waiting to sell. I don't want to put the signings of McGreal down, but he was one of a few players I am shocked to see knocking about. He's claiming a large bit of money (£1,500 a week) and is obviously coming towards the twilight years of his career, it was a huge gamble bringing him in and I'm not surprised to see how much it had backfired on us.

"How can I show 'my value' when I don't get the first team chances? I understand that you tell me to play reserve football but it's a completely different thing to playing League Two football week in week out. I am happy to be a rotation option at least, as long as I get on that pitch somehow within the coming weeks otherwise I do think my career may be over and I can't lie to myself and say it isn't because the amount of games I've had over the last three years speaks volumes-"

"So how can you blame me for the injuries you've sustained? I'm sorry Lloyd for what's happened to you but this isn't the right way to get game time. Please, get your head down and carry on and you'll get the game time you 'deserve.' With that I indicated him to leave, in which he did shaking his head and walking out of the training ground premisis, with the January window right ahead of us it was the right time to look to get him out of the club until the end of the season and from there let his one year deal run down.

In other news we've had long conversations with a few of the first team squad about recent performances – the most noteworthy was Chris Porter. I'm not sure what has happened to Ports but since his injury he has scored to find the goals, he did bag a hat-trick against Plymouth but the goals have dried up once again since. The good thing about Chris is that he is a very determined individual and knows when he needs to up his game and he understood that his recent form was not up to standard – from the start of January I do expect to see that clinical finisher back, trust me.

I've had a few talks with the chairman Robbie Cowling too. The man is very up to date with modern football and knows what it takes to build a successful club and so has the right tools in order to help me lead Colchester to a bright future. We've discussed a few policies we have put in place for the upcoming window and the budget I have to work with – in which I am happy with and hopefully can work on the targets we've set, between myself and the scouting team from Summer until now. Expect to see a window of change, for the better I hope.
Shame to see players like Doyley in his situation (brought in under different management, not played, injuries etc.) but all footballers should understand nobody 'deserves' a start, they earn it. One thing to worry about is Doyley creating a bad harmony about the club, especially considering where you are in the league right now!
Jack- It has to be said morale has dropped since, gutted to be fair and it's the last thing we wanted as you said, due to our current league position/form.
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2 yearsEdited

December Review

Mansfield Town - Colchester United


Colchester United - Notts County


Luton Town - Colchester United


Stevenage - Colchester United


League Two Table


FA Cup

Colchester United - Scunthorpe United

Eek! Some poor results there, and how unlucky against Notts County! Scoring what should be a winner in the 89th minute only to lose it three minutes later :( Sad to see you move down the table and go out of the FA Cup, too. Hope you can pick it up from here at the midpoint of the campaign
It's always a disappointment to be knocked out of the FA Cup, but there is plenty of hope left in the league. In this kind of league, with everything as tight as it is around the promotion spots, momentum can shift and you could easily find yourself five points clear of your rivals within four or five games. Keep hammering on and promotion could certainly become a distinct reality!
Pretty mixed month but you can finish strong!!
Jack- You wanted to be in the room to see my reaction when we score and when they scored.. I'm telling you there was some "scenes" ;)

Justice- For sure! League Two is a strange league, you often find yourself dropping points to the teams you should beat. The FA Cup is a shame too but it gives us a chance to concentrate on our league season at least.

MJK- Let's hope so!
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Aribo joins Colchester on loan

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Joe Aribo has joined League Two side Colchester United on loan until the end of the season from Charlton Athletic.

The 20 year old has had limited opportunities at the League One side having started just three games this season and will be looking for regular first team football at The Weston Homes Community Stadium following a string of midfield problems. Craig Slater will be out for a further three months with a torn hamstring and fitness issues have also affected the likes of Thomas Lapsile and Sammie Szmodics, however Owen Garvan has also returned from injury.

Aribo joined Charlton from Staines Town last season on a free following their relegation from the National South, playing a string of games for the Athletic academy side and getting promoted to the first team squad this year but has not appeared in the plans of now manager Karl Robinson over the likes of Jake Forster-Caskey and Fredrik Ulvestad.

Aribo said in an interview this afternoon, "I'm happy to be here at Colchester and to be a part of a strong push for promotion. My chances have been few at Charlton which is fair as a youngster, but I feel I have a lot to show and this is the perfect destination for me to do that." He is expected to start against Carlisle United this weekend.

Never heard of Aribo before but looking at his stats he is a very good deal! Excited to see what he brings to the team in the future!
Jack- I hadn't either to be honest but once I saw those stats and got a positive review back it was a deal and a half in my eyes! :P
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Colchester complete Knoyle deal

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Paddy McLaughlin has added to his squad ahead of the game to Carlisle United on Saturday by making a second loan deal of the window, bringing in Kyle Knoyle from West Ham.

Knoyle, 20 has joined on a season long loan following a brief stint at Dundee United last season, where he witnessed the Scottish sides relegation. He returned to the club with a knee injury and has only just returned to action and immediately shipped out to the U's as they seek to give themselves a cushion in the playoff places following a poor run of form.

Richard Brindley is set to be out for few weeks following his injury in the Notts County game back in mid-December and this has seen a defensively reshuffle over the past few games. The full-back adds to the return of Frankie Kent from his injury picked up in the Summer and provides a usual back line beside the absent Brindley as mentioned.

Colchester boss McLaughlin said the following, "The signing of Kyle is a massive boost to us as it will give us a slight bit of reassurance that we will now have a recognised full-back rather than having to rotate the defence around to cover the injuries we've suffered over the past few weeks, that's something we've been unlucky with all season."

"He has a lot of potential, as seen by his parent club themselves as they have been keeping close tabs on his football for the reserve side and hopefully for him and obviously ourselves he performs to the best of his abilities for the remainder of the season."

Another decent signing in Knoyle, adds good depth to a seemingly struggling full-back position in your team. Good all-round attributes which makes him a good League Two right-back if you ask me!
Two players with very good technical qualities. I'd imagine they'll make an instant impact in your quest for promotion!
Looks like a good signing there man

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