Relegated League One club Colchester United have confirmed John McGreal as their replacement for the recently departed Kevin Keen. McGreal, who had been the Under-21 coach, has been given the official title as First Team Coach at the Colchester Community Stadium.

Former West Ham coach Keen left the club a few days following the home defeat to Burton Albion, which confirmed their relegation. The Essex-based club have acted quickly to replace him and McGreal will be hoping to get the club back into League One at the first attempt.

McGreal played for Ipswich Town, Burnley and Tranmere Rovers during his playing career, whilst this is his first official role in management. He has been caretaker manager of The U’s in the past.

Several academy graduates have been implemented into the first-team fold over the past few seasons, with the guidance of McGreal said to be played a major part in that. The likes of Sammie Szmodics, Kane Vincent-Young, Macauley Bonne, Frankie Kent and Tom Lapslie have all made the step up.

Speaking to the BBC, McGreal said now was the right time to step into the job,

“It’s obviously a negative to get relegated, but I think it’s a great time to come in and get Colchester United moving in the right direction again.”

The length of McGreal’s contract has not been announced in public, but he’ll certainly be hoping to bring instant success back to The U’s.

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