Colchester next manager odds
Colchester United next manager after Steve Ball
Who is Colchester United’s manager?
Steve Ball was born on the 9th of September 1969 in Colchester. Ball began his career in the Arsenal youth academy where he won the FA Youth Cup in 1988. However, despite his success at academy level, he failed to make a single appearance for the gunners.
He then took the step down from Arsenal, to join his hometown side where he played 4 games for Colchester in their horror season, as they were relegated from League 2 to the Conference. Joining Norwich City in 1990, Ball made just 2 appearances in 2 years. In late August of 1992, he signed for Cambridge on a free transfer, but strangely, just weeks later Ball was already out the door and was on his way back home to Colchester on a permanent deal.
This second attempt to fit into the U’s midfield was much improved and over 4 years Ball made 64 appearances, scoring 7 times. Unfortunately, throughout Ball’s career, he had been a man struck predominantly with injuries which led to his contract being turned into a monthly rolling contract. Soon after this, Ball dropped down the leagues to make 77 appearances for Sudbury Town, a former existing team, before having short spells with lower league teams Heybridge Swifts & Long Melford. He retired as a player in December 2003.
Despite not having the rosiest playing career compared to some of the other English managers in world football, he is a man who now has a fair amount of coaching experience. In 2004, Ball was appointed as assistant manager of Clacton Town, however, this was short lived as he left because of the financial situation surrounding the club. Just like his playing career, his managerial career was also full of swings & roundabouts as he returned to Clacton Town in 2006, but this time as manager. Another changed in direction was required as his other job, in a stationary company, was being relocated to Birmingham meaning he was forced to quit from Clacton Town. In the next few years, Ball had a couple of assistant manager jobs at local teams, however, an opportunity arose to have a full-time job back in football. It was a coaching position in the Colchester United Academy.
In 2015, Steve Ball was appointed as Maldon & Tiptree manager, a team in the Isthmian League Division One North where he juggled this job with his current coaching academy job. He finished in a solid 7th place in the 1st season, meanwhile, Colchester manager Kevin Keen left the club following their relegation from league one. Ball was promoted to assistant caretaker manager for the 2 remaining games and then even kept his position when John McGreal joined as Head Coach. Therefore, Ball left his managerial position at Maldon & Tiptree.
McGreal and Ball spent four years in this position at the club securing 3 mid table finishes before winning a play off spot in the most recent season. Unfortunately, Colchester did not triumph and were well beaten by Exeter City. Following this season, John McGreal was dismissed, and Ball has now been handed the throne.
It will be most definitely interesting to see how Steve Ball will perform in the upcoming season as it is his 1st real test in high-end management.