BEN Garner’s dismissal as Colchester United’s boss has served as a ‘reality check’, according to assistant head coach Scott Marshall…

Colchester United is actively searching for a new manager following the dismissal of Ben Garner, who was let go due to a string of four consecutive defeats that had plunged the club into the relegation zone of League Two.

Since Garner’s departure, Colchester has achieved impressive consecutive victories against Accrington Stanley and Grimsby Town.

Steve Marshall, who previously served as Garner’s assistant at Charlton Athletic and Swindon Town, believes that the club’s decision to part ways with their head coach has had a profound impact on Colchester’s players.

Marshall, who temporarily assumed control of the team at Accrington due to contractual issues affecting interim boss Matty Etherington, stated, “With Ben being abruptly removed from his position, I think it serves as a reality check for everyone in terms of the seriousness of the situation. While football is a game, it is ultimately a professional endeavor, and one quickly comprehends the gravity of the circumstances.”

He further reflected on the recent developments, saying, “It has been a mix of disappointment and pride, given the six points we earned and the outstanding performance of the players. I’ve had a good working relationship with Ben over the past few years, and we share similar views on the workings of the game. Naturally, his dismissal is disappointing, but football doesn’t stop, and the next match is just around the corner.”

Colchester United have dismissed Ben Garner as head coach | Gazette

Regarding the team’s recent away games at challenging locations, Marshall noted, “It was encouraging to witness the players’ resilience, and I believe that what happened to Ben has prompted them to realize the situation. They are a young group, and this experience has likely been new to them or hard to grasp. It has contributed to strengthening their unity and determination to work together.”

In other news, Colchester is hopeful that Samson Tovide will recover in time to participate in the FA Cup match against Shrewsbury Town this weekend. Tovide had to leave the field due to an injury during their victory at Accrington Stanley, and his condition appeared to cause some concern. Marshall mentioned, “I’m not certain about the exact nature of his injury. Anytime a player goes down with no one nearby, it’s a cause for concern. However, I briefly spoke with him, and he assured me he’s okay, which is reassuring.”

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