League One side Colchester United have ended the 2009-10 season doing what they had to do at the start of the campaign. The Essex side are having to replace their first team manager after for a second time in nine months, after Aidy Boothroyd became the new Coventry City manager today.
On this occasion, the 'poaching' of their manager by a bigger club appears to have been handled far more diplomatically than Norwich City at the start of the season, who took Paul Lambert away from the Community Stadium in a move that enraged Colchester Chairman Robbie Cowling. The two clubs engaged in a war of words throughout the season just gone, and the matter ended in a tribunal hearing during the closing weeks of the season, with Colchester still seeking compensation for what they alleged was an illegal approach for Lambert. The outcome of the tribunal has yet to be made public.
In the meantime, Championship side Coventry have done things the right way round, with a compensation fee agreed yesterday for Boothroyd, who guided Colchester to an eighth placed finish in the season just gone. The former Watford manager has now signed a three year deal at the Ricoh Arena, leaving Colchester on the search once again for a new first team boss. Thanking Boothroyd on his way out, Chairman Cowling's vote of thanks to the Sky Blues Chairman Ray Ranson may have had a message pointed towards Carrow Road as well:
"I would like to thank Coventry City’s chairman, Ray Ranson, for the professional manner in which he conducted himself during this matter."
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