‘It’s not about me’ – U’s boss McGreal on his Rovers return

PUBLISHED: 15:02 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:10 06 September 2018

U's boss John McGreal, who was back at his old club, Tranmere Rovers, where his footballing career started  . Picture: STEVE WALLER

U's boss John McGreal, who was back at his old club, Tranmere Rovers, where his footballing career started . Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, will be back on familiar turf when he takes his U’s team to Tranmere Rovers this weekend.

McGreal spent nine years as a senior professional at Prenton Park, after the Birkenhead-born defender had graduated from the youth team set-up.

He rattled up 195 league games during that time, and 233 in all competitions, before moving onto Ipswich Town.

This weekend will bring back happy memories for 46-year-old McGreal, who will cross swords with one of his old team-mates at Rovers, current boss Micky Mellon (also 46).

But McGreal remains focused on one thing – guiding his U’s team to another League Two away triumph, following a 3-1 win at Cheltenham Town last Saturday.

“I’ll be pleased to go back,” enthused McGreal, following this morning’s training session at Florence Park.

“I was delighted to see Tranmere get back into the Football League (play-off win over Boreham Wood in May).

“Micky Mellon has done really well there over the last couple of years, and I’ll be speaking to him soon because I need to get lots of tickets for my family and friends!

“But it’s not about me, it’s about our football club, Colchester United,” added McGreal.

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