Head Coach Steve Ball Leaves Colchester United

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Colchester United head coach Steve Ball has left the club following a 2-1 loss to Exeter City on Tuesday (February 23) night.

The League Two side are without a win in 13 games.

Steve Ball Leaves Colchester United After 13 Game Winless Run

Unacceptable Run

Having gone 13 games without winning, Colchester find themselves in 21st place. The U’s are nine points clear of the relegation zone, currently occupied by Grimsby Town – who have a game in hand on Colchester – and Southend United.

The 51-year-old coach, who played for the club twice and took charge of a game as caretaker manager in 2016, was promoted from his role as assistant coach to John McGreal in July 2020.

Last season, they fell short of promotion, making the play-offs, where they lost to Exeter City. Under Ball’s guidance, Colchester have stumbled a long way down the table and it has been decided that a change is needed.

Club Statement

The statement on the club website featured quotes from owner and chairman Robbie Cowling. He said: “Following the game tonight and a discussion I had with Steve, it was decided that the best way forward was for him to leave his position as head coach.

“Steve has been with the club in different capacities for a long time and I would like it placed on record our thanks to him for his hard work and dedication.

“The club will make no further comment at this time.”

Looking Ahead to What Comes Next

Colchester did not indicate when an appointment will be made and nor who would take charge for the immediate future, should an appointment not be made promptly.

The U’s face a trip to Forest Green Rovers‘ The New Lawn stadium, where they will look to find the winning formula, on Saturday, February 27.


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