GillsConnect News Desk

Dateline: TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2018


Joe has been in temporary charge of both Colchester and Cambridge United before but the former Irish and Gills defender Dunne said that it still doesn’t get any easier when a Head Coach leaves.

Dunne commented, “It’s the fifth time I’ve been an interim boss but it doesn’t get any easier when you lose someone that you work closely with. Shaun has coached the U’s for a few years, we’ve become good friends – it never get’s easier to do.”

Speculation over the new full-time manager has already started but Dunne wouldn’t be drawn into commenting upon his position long-term saying, “I think the key thing is I’ve got the job on a short-term basis for the moment. How short? How long? Well you can’t use the word long-term in football because it doesn’t exist I’m afraid unless you’re at the highest of the highest of the highest.”

Joe added, “Every game is intense, and I’ll take it game by game.” However he conceded that there could be other casualties – including himself – before things truly settle. “I’m not stupid enough to say I may or may not be one of them as this is the game we work in, this is the life we choose to follow and we’ll do it until whenever.”

Dunne also said that the way that the club have progressed recently, with Richard Money taking them back into the Football League before Derry got the U’s close to the play-offs, has left them in a good position to move forward under new ownership.

Dunne played as a full-back and defender in the Football League for Gills (1990-96), making over 120 appearances and over a 100 for Colchester. He also played for Dover Athletic in the Conference and had represented the Republic of Ireland at under-21 level.

In his last full-time managerial role, following a string of four successive defeats and a winless start to the 2014/15 season, Dunne left Colchester United by mutual consent in the September, ending his 18-year association with the Club.