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Boothroyd handed Colchester job

Aidy Boothroyd
Boothroyd took Watford to the Premier League in 2006

Colchester United have appointed former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd as their new manager.

The 38-year-old replaces Paul Lambert who left the U's for League One rivals Norwich City last month.

Boothroyd has been out of work since leaving Championship side Watford by mutual consent in November 2008.

He guided the Hornets to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2006, and took them to an FA Cup semi-final the following year.

Boothroyd, who retired as a player at the age of 26 because of injury, watched United lose to Gillingham on penalties in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday.

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The former Leeds first-team coach established himself as one of English's football's brightest young managers at Watford but left the club after winning just 12 of his last 48 league games in charge, a stat that left them just one place outside the relegation zone.

U's youth-team coach Joe Dunne had been in caretaker charge at the Community Stadium for four games, beginning and ending with matches against Gillingham.



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