Club Statement: Paddy McLaughlin
Colchester United can confirm that Derby County have officially approached first team manager Paddy McLaughlin. The club have allowed Paddy to enter talks with Derby regarding a potential move and will not stand in his way if he does so wish to leave the club in favour for County.
Chairman Robbie Cowling states, "We were in a very similar situation not too long ago when Dundee came knocking for his services. I said it then, he will be sought after because he's been successful, another promotion has come and it'll only up the interest. Football is a business and in business you want the best, I truly do believe that Paddy is one of the best at the moment.
It's club policy to allow the manager to enter talks with another club, regardless if they wish to stay or go. I am confident that he will remain with the club and begin the campaign against Birmingham in a few weeks time as manager. We have shown a lot of faith towards him and he has repaid us with back-to-back promotions, so even if he was to leave I would be very supportive.
Derby are a very reputable side with a lot of history and tradition and I know Paddy would do a fantastic job, but as soon as there is word on the matter, staff and fans will be informed immediately but right now, he is staying with us for the foreseeable future and that won't change for a long time I feel."