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Colchester United stability the key for Joe Dunne

Joe Dunne
Dunne enjoyed two spells as a Colchester player

Colchester United assistant manager Joe Dunne has told fans to not expect major player upheaval at the Community Stadium this summer.

Former youth-team coach Dunne was named as the club's number two in May after John Ward was promoted to manager.

The 37-year-old told BBC Essex: "What we felt we could do is give the players continuity. They know what we're like.

"Every manager has their own way of doing things, but I wouldn't say there will be major change."

The U's have been stifled through management uncertainty recently, with Paul Lambert leaving for Norwich City in August and Aidy Boothroyd heading to Coventry at the end of the season.

We are already speaking to people about bringing people in but there won't be a major amount of players

Colchester United assistant manager Joe Dunne

What looked like a promising campaign ended in disappointment with the side finishing two places outside the League One play-offs, despite spending a large part of the season in the top six.

"We know where we feel we lacked at the back end of last season for that promotion push," Dunne added.

"Maybe we need to add a bit more energy to the team, but every other team in the league will be doing the same.

"Other clubs are going to improve and I know fans can get very impatient sometimes when they don't see movement."

The signs may point to a slow summer at the club, but Dunne insists they are already looking at bringing in fresh faces.

He said: "We are already speaking to people about bringing people in but there won't be a major amount of players.

"I don't think we need a complete new team, but for the areas we are looking for we want them to meet a certain kind of criteria.

"I'd say to the fans a lot of players are still on holiday so there will be movement, but it will happen over a course of time."

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