Us duo set for exit
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Colchester winger Richard Garcia and assistant manager Mick Harford are both set to leave.Colchester winger Richard Garcia and assistant manager Mick Harford are both set to leave the club.
Australian Garcia has failed to agree a new contract at Layer Road and has been linked with a move to Hull when his current deal expires at the end of the month.
The 25-year-old is reported to be frustrated by the length of the contract extension.
Garcia told the Hull Daily Mail: "From what I've heard the Tigers are trying to be ambitious. They have a new chairman who has come in to succeed.
"They are clearly looking forward and are obviously planning for promotion. I would like to be a part of that."
Garcia, who has been with the U's for three seasons and scored six goals last term, added: "It's just nice knowing there is interest."
Harford, who joined the Us in September and helped them to 10th place in their debut season in the Championship, is about to join the coaching staff at QPR after holding talks with Rangers last week.
The former England striker will work alongside John Gregory with his previous assistant, Richard Hill, still suspended by the club following the brawl with the China Olympic team in February.
Meanwhile, striker Jamie Cureton has lifted the lid on his transfer request.
The 31-year-old was the Championship's top goalscorer last season with 23 goals and has asked for the move with both Norwich and Hull reportedly interested in the forward.
"I've really enjoyed the last year at Colchester and in a way it's disappointing that it's come to this," he told the EADT.
"When I said the club lacked ambition, I didn't mean it in a bad way. Colchester United is a great club and the people here are brilliant.
"I've been very happy at Colchester and if I was 21 rather than 31, then I wouldn't be wanting to leave.
"I know that Colchester can't compete with most other clubs in the Championship and I have never wanted to put the club down. But I think I'll probably be at another club next season. The time is right for me to leave."