COLCHESTER United's League Two rivals Stevenage have parted company with manager Alex Revell, ahead of this weekend's clash between the two clubs.

Former Braintree Town favourite Revell, along with assistant Dean Wilkins, has stood down after 16 months in permanent charge at Broadhall Way.

Chairman Phil Wallace told the Stevenage website: “Revs gave everything for the club and could not have worked harder.

"We expected a successful season and some performances early in the season were outstanding.

"However, that early promise has not been repeated in the league and we both agree it is time for a change.

"Our conversations have been dignified and highly professional. We both care for the club and want the best for the club.

“We now need to see who is out there to form a new management team, but for the moment we have to focus on Tuesday’s FA Cup first round replay with MK Dons and decide how best to approach the game."

Revell took over as Stevenage's caretaker manager in February 2020.

The former Brighton and Hove Albion, Southend United and Rotherham United forward was then appointed as the club's manager in July 2020.

With the likes of former U's trio Luke Prosser, Luke Norris and Ben Coker in his squad, Revell led Stevenage to a respectable 14th-place finish in the 2020-21 season.

But despite a bright start to the current campaign, Stevenage have struggled for wins and have taken just seven points from their last 12 league games.

Boro currently in 21st position and after facing League One outfit MK Dons in an FA Cup replay in midweek, host Colchester on Saturday, in the league.