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U's Chairman Remains Confident

U's Chairman Remains Confident

Robbie Cowling, Colchester United chairman, insists that although he retains the utmost belief in the U's to avoid the drop, the club will still be in good health if the worst is to happen.

The U's head into a final day showdown at Carlisle United next weekend knowing that defeat puts their fate into Scunthorpe's hands who face a home game with Swindon Town.

And, speaking to BBC Essex after the game, the U's chairman remained confident that Joe Dunne and the side would get the job done in Cumbria.

'It's in our own hands and it will be next week,' he said. 'We're still three points ahead with a better goal difference so we have to remain optimistic.

'They were under pressure today but still got the point which could be massive if it comes down to goal difference. Pressure is a massive thing and you could really see it in the last five minutes, but we're still in there and we've battled well.

'It does seem that whenever we get a good crowd in we don't quite rise to the occasion, but I still think we will do it.'

The club have invested heavily into the infrastructure in recent years such as the prospering academy and training facilities, and some may hold concerns that relegation could impact heavily on the club financially.

However, the U's chairman moved swiftly to assure supporters that, should the worst come to the worst, the club will still be fine off-the-field.

And, who knows, perhaps a concerted effort towards a promotion push could drive attendances up? (But let's not think about that just yet!)

'I'm a fan as well and I really want us to stay up, it's massively important,' he said. 'It would be a set back, but we've set our stall out and, if it comes to the worst, it won't change anything.

'The club is still heading in a positive direction and, although it would be a financial hit, we would be silly to be a club in our position all season without any plans should the worst happen.

'Relegation wouldn't destroy this club in the way that it affects some others.'


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Writer:Colchester Dan
Date:Saturday April 20 2013
Time: 7:38PM

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