One of Barrow AFC’s rivals in the survival battle have changed managers again – after just five weeks.

Colchester, who sit one point and one place above the third-bottom Bluebirds, yesterday dispensed with interim head coach Wayne Brown.

Hayden Mullins has stepped up to take charge for the remainder of the campaign and will be at the helm when Rob Kelly’s side visit Essex on Easter Monday.

Brown had been drafted in on February 24 and oversaw a 2-1 victory over Carlisle. That, though, has proved the Us’ only win in a 22-game run which also included the latter stages of Steve Ball’s reign.

Chairman Robbie Cowling said it had been a “very tough decision” to change head coach again.

“Wayne Brown has given his all to lift the club away from danger but his hard work, positivity and enthusiasm have not been rewarded with the results he deserved and the club needed,” Cowling said. “I can’t allow those poor results to eat away at the team’s confidence to beat the drop, which despite our position remains high.

“I would like to thank Wayne personally for all of his hard work. He jumped in to help me out when I needed him to and I’m very disappointed that things have not worked out.

“I have asked Hayden Mullins to take over the reins until the end of the season and I am pleased to he has accepted the challenge.”