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You may call me a dreamer...

10 October 2012

By Tony Leighton

Two defeats have followed victories in Joe Dunne's first two games as Colchester United's manager, but whatever setbacks are suffered the rookie boss will stick avowedly to the path along which he wants to take the npower League 1 club.

Heading into his first management role, the 39-year-old Irishman has rock-solid ideas on how he wants his team to play - and if his pure footballing ideals do not come off in terms of results in every game, then he will just keep honing the development process until his side have got it right and the results follow.

Dunne told "I have a vision and a philosophy of what I want to do with the club. People might call me a dreamer because I want to pass the ball, but they can say and call me what they like.

"I believe the game should be played in a certain way and if fans want to see balls going from back to front as quick as you can, as long as you can, as high as you can, then go with somebody else because that's not what I'm going to do.

"We've got to be brave as a club and the fans also have to be brave, because they're seeing us trying to do something different. I've got a system where the players have to fit. I haven't picked a system to fit the players, they've got to fit the system. Some might take longer than others, but you've got to give them the opportunity."

Dunne may come into that 'rookie' category but the step up to management for the former U's full-back has followed a long apprenticeship.

After having an injury-enforced retirement from playing at the age of 29 he went into coaching and managed the club's youth and reserve teams before becoming first-team coach and also having a brief spell as caretaker. Finally, he was assistant to previous boss John Ward and took over the hot seat following Ward's departure last month.

The U's had not won a match this season until Dunne took charge, but he quickly changed that with League 1 victories over Hartlepool United and Swindon Town.

But Saturday's League defeat by Yeovil Town and a Johnstone's Paints Trophy reversal at League 2 Northampton Town on Tuesday evening have followed.

And Dunne admitted: "We're learning the hard way. In our two wins we did great, now we've had two losses where we've done okay but lost and I certainly don't want to become a pretty team and lose - the aim is to combine good football with good results and get up the league as far as we can."

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