Date: 21st January 2016 at 8:30am
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Following on from the sacking of Mark Robins and Ned Kelly following Scunthorpe’s recent run of form and the horrific ‘poor and unacceptable’ five nil loss to Blackpool in the last game, caretaker gaffers Nick Daws and Andy Dawson have been giving their pre Colchester United press conference and they’ve said that training has been decent despite the upheaval in the coaching staff.

Speaking to the Official Site after replacing our former duo following the end of their 15 months in charge, Daws explained that the focus had to simply be on the match ahead and trying to get a positive result with a positive performance.

‘We came in on Monday to work as normal but it`s been well-publicised that the chairman had a conversation with Mark and as a result of that, Mark and Ned left. The chairman asked to speak to myself and Andy, asked if we`d both stay and take care of the team for Saturday, potentially moving forward, and we both agreed to do so. That`s basically how it went.’

With the week taken up by training since then, before both took in the Development Squad game in Nottingham, and then Colchester on a scouting mission, he admitted it’s been a busy and unusual time but it is what it is and they are doing their best until a new gaffer is appointed.

‘As it stands at the moment, we`ve got everybody fit. Tom Hopper is back training and Gary McSheffrey is getting there, so we`re not too far away. We took training on Monday and the boys were bright once we got going. Obviously most of them, if not all, are gutted about the situation we are in. We spoke and agreed that we all need to take responsibility for what has happened – that`s throughout the playing staff and those behind the scenes – but ultimately I respect the chairman and his decision. He and his family put the money in and they have to sometimes make tough decisions. We`re disappointed about Mark losing his job, but the boys got over it relatively quickly and have trained well.’

As for transfers and squad strengthening with the January window still open, he admitted the club were putting in the work behind the scenes but players identified weren’t yet available really, so it was unlikely we’d add – especially given recent developments – unless something unexpected comes up.

‘If they become available we`ll make that decision. We only had a very brief and tough conversation on Monday. I`ve read the chairman`s press. Obviously it was difficult for him to face that situation, and Jim Rodwell as well. When we did go in to speak to him it was still quite raw. We were asked to do the role and were told we`d get all the support we needed. We didn`t really discuss the transfer situation at that point. We`ll catch up with him today and I`m sure that will be on the agenda.’

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