Colchester United hope to appoint a new head coach next week

COLCHESTER United hope to unveil their new head coach next week.

And there are seemingly plenty of names in the frame for the vacant U’s head coach role.

Wealdstone boss Stuart Maynard has been installed as 1/4 favorite for the Colchester hot seat, according to Bet Victor’s latest odds.

The Stones manager has impressed since taking charge of the National League club in March, 2021.

The bookmakers then currently rate former Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell (pictured below) as second favorite for the post, at 8/1.

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He is followed by Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard (16/1) and former U’s goalkeeper and Bromley boss Andy Woodman, at 20/1.

Other names in the frame according to the bookmakers include Neal Ardley and former U’s advisor, Paul Tisdale.

Colchester are likely to make an external appointment to replace Wayne Brown, who was dismissed last Sunday.

But the U’s are not ruling out the possibility of appointing an internal candidate for the position.

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U’s sporting director Dmitri Halajko (pictured above) is heading up Colchester’s search for a new head coach.

He will draw up a shortlist and will also lead the interview process, as the U’s aim to bring in a new boss to lift them up the League Two table.

When asked about the possible timing of the appointment, Halajko said: “The sooner the better, from my point of view.

“The best thing for the players is to get someone in nice and soon, to take them on the next part of the journey.

“But some of that will be out of our control.

“We totally feel that it’s a really attractive job for somebody.

“We’re a development club and we’re looking to develop internally our players that we’ve signed from other clubs and our senior players, we want to develop our young players and put them into our squad and give people opportunities.

“We want someone who understands that and wants to be part of that and it’s part of their passion – that’s one of the qualities we’re looking for, for sure.

“The plan was always to build for the future and to progress.

“That aim hasn’t changed and we really want to move the club forward and away from the bottom half of the league.”

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