Ian Lenagan: Wilder has quit as Oxford United manager

Wilder resigns as Oxford United manager

Wilder resigns as Oxford United manager

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CHRIS Wilder has resigned as Oxford United manager, according to chairman Ian Lenagan.

The 46-year-old is believed to have informed the players of his decision minutes after their 1-0 win against Torquay United this afternoon.

It has come after Lenagan rejected an approach from Northampton Town yesterday to speak with Wilder about their vacant manager's position.

The U's chairman has not received a resignation letter, something he described as "bizarre" but has asked Mickey Lewis to act as caretaker boss.

Lenagan said: "My understanding is Chris Wilder has in the last half an hour told the players that he is going and will not be back at Oxford after today.

"That is all I've heard. I'm not sure, I've just looked in his office and he's not there, but it would appear that he has resigned.

"It seems a very peculiar way to do it, but he has told the players.

"He told me yesterday and the day before that he would resign at the end of the match."

Wilder took over at United in December 2008 and his five-year tenure made him the third longest serving manager in English football's top four divisions.

When he took over the club were in the bottom half of the Conference and he went on to lead them back into the Football League after a play-off final victory at Wembley in 2010.

Today's win moved United up to sixth in League Two.

Lenagan said: "Chris has done a good job for us and this is a strange way to conclude the matter at the very end.

"But he obviously feels very strongly that with five and a bit months to go on his contract he wants the security of somewhere else and the fact that he probably believes he would get offered the Northampton job has triggered this sequence of events."

The U's chairman hinted there may still be the possibility of legal action, but would take time to assess the position.

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6:30pm Sat 25 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

Yup, about time.
Yup, about time. BigAlBiker
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6:31pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Chickengeorge44 says...

Ta ta.
Ta ta. Chickengeorge44
  • Score: -26

6:33pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Oxon21 says...

I think oxford united have hung chris wilder out to dry. The poor man was refused permission to talk to northampton, but at ghe same time was not offered a new contract,

IL should be ashamed of himself putting a man and his family in such uncertainty.

Thanks Chris and good luck at northampton
I think oxford united have hung chris wilder out to dry. The poor man was refused permission to talk to northampton, but at ghe same time was not offered a new contract, IL should be ashamed of himself putting a man and his family in such uncertainty. Thanks Chris and good luck at northampton Oxon21
  • Score: 22

6:33pm Sat 25 Jan 14

ralphington89 says...

Can't help but feel he's been pushed out of the club by the bunch of muppets who shouldn't call themselves fans. Hopefully we'll be able to move on and progress but that's never easy. If he had to go then this should have happens in the summer. Not now.

Hopefully I'm wrong but I think this could ruin out season.

Thanks a lot Chris for the great job you've done for the club.

Special thanks to the d**kheads who have just moaned and moaned for a long time now. Best not have ruined out best chance of promotion.
Can't help but feel he's been pushed out of the club by the bunch of muppets who shouldn't call themselves fans. Hopefully we'll be able to move on and progress but that's never easy. If he had to go then this should have happens in the summer. Not now. Hopefully I'm wrong but I think this could ruin out season. Thanks a lot Chris for the great job you've done for the club. Special thanks to the d**kheads who have just moaned and moaned for a long time now. Best not have ruined out best chance of promotion. ralphington89
  • Score: 27

6:34pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Happy09 says...

Well, i hope all the henchmen so called fans are happy, Down hill all the way now i reccon.
Well, i hope all the henchmen so called fans are happy, Down hill all the way now i reccon. Happy09
  • Score: 21

6:41pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Chickengeorge44 says...

Good debate. Time to see if it's the manager or the players. Cheers for the promotion Chris. Time to move on though.
Good debate. Time to see if it's the manager or the players. Cheers for the promotion Chris. Time to move on though. Chickengeorge44
  • Score: 13

6:44pm Sat 25 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

Lenagan or Wilder to get us into league one....I'll take the chairman any day.
Lenagan or Wilder to get us into league one....I'll take the chairman any day. South Upper 87
  • Score: 11

6:45pm Sat 25 Jan 14

London_Ox says...

Oxon21 wrote:
I think oxford united have hung chris wilder out to dry. The poor man was refused permission to talk to northampton, but at ghe same time was not offered a new contract,

IL should be ashamed of himself putting a man and his family in such uncertainty.

Thanks Chris and good luck at northampton
Hung out to dry? How so? IL indicated that he would make an appropriate decision extending his contract based on how we finished this season which I think it fair enough and what the general majority of supporters would agree with. I think had we faired better in the table and were looking good for promotion by March, IL would possibly pulled the trigger earlier and offered him a new contract on good faith.

Wilder resigning can be viewed in many ways, i.e looking after himself and ensuring he is all set in and more likely to be in a job for next season but I think it was more that he didn't have confidence in his own faith to get the job done properly this season so he jumped ship before he was pushed.

Thanks for getting us out the conference Chris and all your efforts but I think a change was long over due for both parties.
[quote][p][bold]Oxon21[/bold] wrote: I think oxford united have hung chris wilder out to dry. The poor man was refused permission to talk to northampton, but at ghe same time was not offered a new contract, IL should be ashamed of himself putting a man and his family in such uncertainty. Thanks Chris and good luck at northampton[/p][/quote]Hung out to dry? How so? IL indicated that he would make an appropriate decision extending his contract based on how we finished this season which I think it fair enough and what the general majority of supporters would agree with. I think had we faired better in the table and were looking good for promotion by March, IL would possibly pulled the trigger earlier and offered him a new contract on good faith. Wilder resigning can be viewed in many ways, i.e looking after himself and ensuring he is all set in and more likely to be in a job for next season but I think it was more that he didn't have confidence in his own faith to get the job done properly this season so he jumped ship before he was pushed. Thanks for getting us out the conference Chris and all your efforts but I think a change was long over due for both parties. London_Ox
  • Score: 7

6:45pm Sat 25 Jan 14

greengarden says...

Well I hope the moaning, negative idiots that I hear at the ground and the complete morons who post on here (& you know who you are) are happy!

Here we go again on manager merry go round, at an appalling time when we were fighting hard for promotion.

Mr Leneghan I'm disgusted in that you couldn't secure CW's future, I suppose you have saved the club some money though.

Just hope the d**kheads who just keep moaning are pleased now, but like raplhington89 says ''I fear our best chance of promotion maybe over.''

I'm really ashamed of some of the so called Oxf Utd fans -

I just pray its not the case.

Thanks CW you done a great job....
Well I hope the moaning, negative idiots that I hear at the ground and the complete morons who post on here (& you know who you are) are happy! Here we go again on manager merry go round, at an appalling time when we were fighting hard for promotion. Mr Leneghan I'm disgusted in that you couldn't secure CW's future, I suppose you have saved the club some money though. Just hope the d**kheads who just keep moaning are pleased now, but like raplhington89 says ''I fear our best chance of promotion maybe over.'' I'm really ashamed of some of the so called Oxf Utd fans - I just pray its not the case. Thanks CW you done a great job.... greengarden
  • Score: 17

6:48pm Sat 25 Jan 14

village lad says...

It Would have been so easy for IL to have sacked Chris on a few occasions previously but he stuck by him and this is how Chris repays IL? CW's tactics and brand of football, especially at home, was shocking and any other club would have booted out their manager a long time ago.

IL's attitude to CW seems to have been "You deliver for us, and we'll deliver for you", which seems fair enough to me.

See ya Chris. Cheers for the day at Wembley, but you have took OUFC as far as you possibly could
It Would have been so easy for IL to have sacked Chris on a few occasions previously but he stuck by him and this is how Chris repays IL? CW's tactics and brand of football, especially at home, was shocking and any other club would have booted out their manager a long time ago. IL's attitude to CW seems to have been "You deliver for us, and we'll deliver for you", which seems fair enough to me. See ya Chris. Cheers for the day at Wembley, but you have took OUFC as far as you possibly could village lad
  • Score: 17

6:51pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Doctor69 says...

Great news. He wasn't the right man to take us further as his previous 4 seasons have shown. I am concerned that his wing men are hanging around though, would like to see them all go and the club start afresh.

3 points today but another poor game. Let's hope the crowds rise now and we finally get some entertainment at home.
Great news. He wasn't the right man to take us further as his previous 4 seasons have shown. I am concerned that his wing men are hanging around though, would like to see them all go and the club start afresh. 3 points today but another poor game. Let's hope the crowds rise now and we finally get some entertainment at home. Doctor69
  • Score: -2

6:54pm Sat 25 Jan 14

dovepe says...

ralphington89 wrote:
Can't help but feel he's been pushed out of the club by the bunch of muppets who shouldn't call themselves fans. Hopefully we'll be able to move on and progress but that's never easy. If he had to go then this should have happens in the summer. Not now.

Hopefully I'm wrong but I think this could ruin out season.

Thanks a lot Chris for the great job you've done for the club.

Special thanks to the d**kheads who have just moaned and moaned for a long time now. Best not have ruined out best chance of promotion.
Reknaw HE RESIGNED! so a few negative comments about his team selection and tactics is our fault he's gone.I am true fan since 1968.Time for a change.Thank you Mr Wilder for getting us back in the league.but we need a change and more attacking football.not the George Graham tactics.
[quote][p][bold]ralphington89[/bold] wrote: Can't help but feel he's been pushed out of the club by the bunch of muppets who shouldn't call themselves fans. Hopefully we'll be able to move on and progress but that's never easy. If he had to go then this should have happens in the summer. Not now. Hopefully I'm wrong but I think this could ruin out season. Thanks a lot Chris for the great job you've done for the club. Special thanks to the d**kheads who have just moaned and moaned for a long time now. Best not have ruined out best chance of promotion.[/p][/quote]Reknaw HE RESIGNED! so a few negative comments about his team selection and tactics is our fault he's gone.I am true fan since 1968.Time for a change.Thank you Mr Wilder for getting us back in the league.but we need a change and more attacking football.not the George Graham tactics. dovepe
  • Score: -1

6:54pm Sat 25 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

London Ox ; Said

Hung out to dry? How so? IL indicated that he would make an appropriate decision extending his contract based on how we finished this season which I think it fair enough and what the general majority of supporters would agree with. I think had we faired better in the table and were looking good for promotion by March, IL would possibly pulled the trigger earlier and offered him a new contract on good faith.

Wilder resigning can be viewed in many ways, i.e looking after himself and ensuring he is all set in and more likely to be in a job for next season but I think it was more that he didn't have confidence in his own faith to get the job done properly this season so he jumped ship before he was pushed.

Thanks for getting us out the conference Chris and all your efforts but I think a change was long over due for both parties.

Exactly, says it all, good comment.
London Ox ; Said Hung out to dry? How so? IL indicated that he would make an appropriate decision extending his contract based on how we finished this season which I think it fair enough and what the general majority of supporters would agree with. I think had we faired better in the table and were looking good for promotion by March, IL would possibly pulled the trigger earlier and offered him a new contract on good faith. Wilder resigning can be viewed in many ways, i.e looking after himself and ensuring he is all set in and more likely to be in a job for next season but I think it was more that he didn't have confidence in his own faith to get the job done properly this season so he jumped ship before he was pushed. Thanks for getting us out the conference Chris and all your efforts but I think a change was long over due for both parties. Exactly, says it all, good comment. South Upper 87
  • Score: 5

6:55pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Chickengeorge44 says...

greengarden wrote:
Well I hope the moaning, negative idiots that I hear at the ground and the complete morons who post on here (& you know who you are) are happy!

Here we go again on manager merry go round, at an appalling time when we were fighting hard for promotion.

Mr Leneghan I'm disgusted in that you couldn't secure CW's future, I suppose you have saved the club some money though.

Just hope the d**kheads who just keep moaning are pleased now, but like raplhington89 says ''I fear our best chance of promotion maybe over.''

I'm really ashamed of some of the so called Oxf Utd fans -

I just pray its not the case.

Thanks CW you done a great job....
Wrong. Clueless at home.
[quote][p][bold]greengarden[/bold] wrote: Well I hope the moaning, negative idiots that I hear at the ground and the complete morons who post on here (& you know who you are) are happy! Here we go again on manager merry go round, at an appalling time when we were fighting hard for promotion. Mr Leneghan I'm disgusted in that you couldn't secure CW's future, I suppose you have saved the club some money though. Just hope the d**kheads who just keep moaning are pleased now, but like raplhington89 says ''I fear our best chance of promotion maybe over.'' I'm really ashamed of some of the so called Oxf Utd fans - I just pray its not the case. Thanks CW you done a great job....[/p][/quote]Wrong. Clueless at home. Chickengeorge44
  • Score: -2

7:03pm Sat 25 Jan 14

skye53 says...

Good luck Chris's I hope Oxford go down you could never win with all Oxfords whinging fans
Good luck Chris's I hope Oxford go down you could never win with all Oxfords whinging fans skye53
  • Score: -19

7:10pm Sat 25 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

In from the pub and time to think, thanks Chris for what you have done but this season was a season to far, tactfully you were out of your league! and some of the players were not even League 2 standard, so as I say thanks.

The two most important parts of a footy club to keep happy are the chairman and the home supporters! this you failed to do.

Martin Allen Is my choice, let's see who we get but hopefully someone who can gee up the players and keep the home fans happy.
In from the pub and time to think, thanks Chris for what you have done but this season was a season to far, tactfully you were out of your league! and some of the players were not even League 2 standard, so as I say thanks. The two most important parts of a footy club to keep happy are the chairman and the home supporters! this you failed to do. Martin Allen Is my choice, let's see who we get but hopefully someone who can gee up the players and keep the home fans happy. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 4

7:11pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Sinny Vamways says...

It is a disgrace it has resorted to this. Our greatest manager in recent years pushed out by some so called fans with a chip on their shoulder and the clueless buffoon that is IL. Shame on them.

Thanks for the great times Chris.

Lenagan out?!?
It is a disgrace it has resorted to this. Our greatest manager in recent years pushed out by some so called fans with a chip on their shoulder and the clueless buffoon that is IL. Shame on them. Thanks for the great times Chris. Lenagan out?!? Sinny Vamways
  • Score: -13

7:20pm Sat 25 Jan 14

oldun says...

On of the mr thumbs down folk here. Thank you to CW for taking us up through the play offs and for being far from our worst manager of my near 50 years of watching United (we have had so many muppets in charge since the mid 90s) . I wish him the best of luck in his next job . I have enjoyed very few home games over the past 3 seasons - gates are massively down with that dire football . So much money lost. Away form this season is brilliant . I don't think that he would have taken us up - choose carefully IL
On of the mr thumbs down folk here. Thank you to CW for taking us up through the play offs and for being far from our worst manager of my near 50 years of watching United (we have had so many muppets in charge since the mid 90s) . I wish him the best of luck in his next job . I have enjoyed very few home games over the past 3 seasons - gates are massively down with that dire football . So much money lost. Away form this season is brilliant . I don't think that he would have taken us up - choose carefully IL oldun
  • Score: 11

7:25pm Sat 25 Jan 14

marathon2012 says...

The reasons why he may of resigned:
1.no money for new players.
2.contract coming to an end.
3.fans on his back.
4.struggling to motivate the team at home.

lets hope we get a better manager
The reasons why he may of resigned: 1.no money for new players. 2.contract coming to an end. 3.fans on his back. 4.struggling to motivate the team at home. lets hope we get a better manager marathon2012
  • Score: 10

7:28pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Open your eyes says...

Hardly hung out to dry.

Chris signed up to the objectives at the start of the season. The only one who hasn't seen fit to fulfil that seems to be the manager who has been wanting a new deal without achieving those stated aims.

Yes we know he wants security but he signed up to this. Sad end.
Hardly hung out to dry. Chris signed up to the objectives at the start of the season. The only one who hasn't seen fit to fulfil that seems to be the manager who has been wanting a new deal without achieving those stated aims. Yes we know he wants security but he signed up to this. Sad end. Open your eyes
  • Score: 3

7:31pm Sat 25 Jan 14

OX Mike says...

Wilder got us out of the Conference (thank you for that), however his negative tactics and lack of creativity has turned the fans off, even though I have a season ticket I have found it increasingly difficult to motivate myself to go to the games, today summed up the last few years, poor opposition and we nearly blew it.
So I say thanks Chris but it is time for a change, I don't care who replaces him as long as we get an attack minded manager who entertains me.
Wilder got us out of the Conference (thank you for that), however his negative tactics and lack of creativity has turned the fans off, even though I have a season ticket I have found it increasingly difficult to motivate myself to go to the games, today summed up the last few years, poor opposition and we nearly blew it. So I say thanks Chris but it is time for a change, I don't care who replaces him as long as we get an attack minded manager who entertains me. OX Mike
  • Score: 8

7:33pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Doctor69 says...

Sinny Vamways wrote:
It is a disgrace it has resorted to this. Our greatest manager in recent years pushed out by some so called fans with a chip on their shoulder and the clueless buffoon that is IL. Shame on them.

Thanks for the great times Chris.

Lenagan out?!?
Wrong. He resigned cos we wouldn't give permission to talk to another local club, which I believe was really more to do with forcing the clubs hand and give him a new deal.

I'm firmly in the wilder out camp and have been for a long time. I would actually say IL was a huge believer in CW ability and would have loved him to stay and take OUFC up.
[quote][p][bold]Sinny Vamways[/bold] wrote: It is a disgrace it has resorted to this. Our greatest manager in recent years pushed out by some so called fans with a chip on their shoulder and the clueless buffoon that is IL. Shame on them. Thanks for the great times Chris. Lenagan out?!?[/p][/quote]Wrong. He resigned cos we wouldn't give permission to talk to another local club, which I believe was really more to do with forcing the clubs hand and give him a new deal. I'm firmly in the wilder out camp and have been for a long time. I would actually say IL was a huge believer in CW ability and would have loved him to stay and take OUFC up. Doctor69
  • Score: 9

7:35pm Sat 25 Jan 14

bigchet says...

well some of the constant moaners on here have got what they wanted, i dont suppose there will any shortage of applicants as we are in a good position and i hope that whoever takes the helm will carry on the good work. bearing in mind that most of the people that apply will have been sacked by their previous clubs there is no guarantee that they will be any better than cw but all we can do is continue to support the club whatever , but i think that maybe we have missed a good chance of success.
well some of the constant moaners on here have got what they wanted, i dont suppose there will any shortage of applicants as we are in a good position and i hope that whoever takes the helm will carry on the good work. bearing in mind that most of the people that apply will have been sacked by their previous clubs there is no guarantee that they will be any better than cw but all we can do is continue to support the club whatever , but i think that maybe we have missed a good chance of success. bigchet
  • Score: 8

7:36pm Sat 25 Jan 14

YellowRose says...

It could, of course, be to do with non-football matters!!
It could, of course, be to do with non-football matters!! YellowRose
  • Score: 7

7:42pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Davos P says...

I'll get behind the new Manager but if CW would have stayed, especially with a new forward brought in I'm confident we would have made the playoffs at least. Now, I'm not so sure but I agree with the comments that shoot down the moaners, whingers and snipers.
I thought that a guy who spoke on Radio Oxford asked a poignant question - What does it say about our club when we are 4 points off the top and we lose our Manager to the bottom club? Prospective Managers from the outside looking in will think its a complete shambles and betrays the lack of communication between Management and Board. Good luck Chris but you made the wrong move.
I'll get behind the new Manager but if CW would have stayed, especially with a new forward brought in I'm confident we would have made the playoffs at least. Now, I'm not so sure but I agree with the comments that shoot down the moaners, whingers and snipers. I thought that a guy who spoke on Radio Oxford asked a poignant question - What does it say about our club when we are 4 points off the top and we lose our Manager to the bottom club? Prospective Managers from the outside looking in will think its a complete shambles and betrays the lack of communication between Management and Board. Good luck Chris but you made the wrong move. Davos P
  • Score: 12

7:48pm Sat 25 Jan 14

rogering says...

Alan knill?
Alan knill? rogering
  • Score: -19

7:51pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Beau champ mummy says...

He has gone to a much bigger club so can't blame him for that
He has gone to a much bigger club so can't blame him for that Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -26

7:51pm Sat 25 Jan 14

remberingthe80s says...

It would seem that you so called fans can't wait to have a digl at someone who has done really Well under very difficult situations.
He has no cash for players, chairman that has put in lsomeoneof his cash, a ground that we don't own. And all the negative effects on the ground ect and all you peoplet seem to do is s### on someone who did a great job
It's is plain to seethe chairman didn't want to offer a new contract to a.manager that you dont want. All these new managers you lot think will be interested but we don't have the cash, so we end up with someone who has a clue.
The way forward is to more the a shared ground at city, have more cash to spend on players and find a new place. In till this happens we will never be able to be a big club. Personally I think we will go down next year and then you be glad in want you people have done
It would seem that you so called fans can't wait to have a digl at someone who has done really Well under very difficult situations. He has no cash for players, chairman that has put in lsomeoneof his cash, a ground that we don't own. And all the negative effects on the ground ect and all you peoplet seem to do is s### on someone who did a great job It's is plain to seethe chairman didn't want to offer a new contract to a.manager that you dont want. All these new managers you lot think will be interested but we don't have the cash, so we end up with someone who has a clue. The way forward is to more the a shared ground at city, have more cash to spend on players and find a new place. In till this happens we will never be able to be a big club. Personally I think we will go down next year and then you be glad in want you people have done remberingthe80s
  • Score: -10

7:52pm Sat 25 Jan 14

remberingthe80s says...

YellowRose wrote:
It could, of course, be to do with non-football matters!!
It was
[quote][p][bold]YellowRose[/bold] wrote: It could, of course, be to do with non-football matters!![/p][/quote]It was remberingthe80s
  • Score: 2

7:56pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Chickengeorge44 says...

When all is said & done. It is time for Wilder to go. We'll Never forget he dragged us out of the conference. Respect should be paid for that. He should go down in history as achieving at a club in freefall. Time to change though. We've been stale for far too long & clueless in attack. Cheers Chris.
When all is said & done. It is time for Wilder to go. We'll Never forget he dragged us out of the conference. Respect should be paid for that. He should go down in history as achieving at a club in freefall. Time to change though. We've been stale for far too long & clueless in attack. Cheers Chris. Chickengeorge44
  • Score: 7

8:01pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Bumble08 says...

I would like to thank Chris for all he has done for the Club, he has been a good manager but not a great manager for Oxford.

Explained: We have had one of the best squads in the league for a number of years now and yet we have time and time again failed. There has not been 7 better teams in the league over the last few years yet we have accepted the fact that we haven't been promoted. Having a bit of knowledge on the club i know the players will be much happy now he has gone. Chris always felt the need to tinker with a winning side and this is done to the fact he is a negative manager, he doesn't make substitutions when he should and is scared of mixing it up. If you really think about it on the games we have lost and played poorly in he hasn't had the tactical knowledge to change it...

Difficult to know who will come in maybe an unknown will be given a chance, managers that are out of work aren't the best and are out of work for a reason.

All that said good luck to Chris as he isn't the worst we have ever had!!!
I would like to thank Chris for all he has done for the Club, he has been a good manager but not a great manager for Oxford. Explained: We have had one of the best squads in the league for a number of years now and yet we have time and time again failed. There has not been 7 better teams in the league over the last few years yet we have accepted the fact that we haven't been promoted. Having a bit of knowledge on the club i know the players will be much happy now he has gone. Chris always felt the need to tinker with a winning side and this is done to the fact he is a negative manager, he doesn't make substitutions when he should and is scared of mixing it up. If you really think about it on the games we have lost and played poorly in he hasn't had the tactical knowledge to change it... Difficult to know who will come in maybe an unknown will be given a chance, managers that are out of work aren't the best and are out of work for a reason. All that said good luck to Chris as he isn't the worst we have ever had!!! Bumble08
  • Score: 11

8:10pm Sat 25 Jan 14

cheekychap72 says...

Oxon21 wrote:
I think oxford united have hung chris wilder out to dry. The poor man was refused permission to talk to northampton, but at ghe same time was not offered a new contract,

IL should be ashamed of himself putting a man and his family in such uncertainty.

Thanks Chris and good luck at northampton
I agree about the security part and if you listen to il he said they were sitting down next month to discuss his contract and footballs a winning game and il losing money because our home form rubbish and if he gave wilder new contract then we dived like last year you would be moaning why new contract
[quote][p][bold]Oxon21[/bold] wrote: I think oxford united have hung chris wilder out to dry. The poor man was refused permission to talk to northampton, but at ghe same time was not offered a new contract, IL should be ashamed of himself putting a man and his family in such uncertainty. Thanks Chris and good luck at northampton[/p][/quote]I agree about the security part and if you listen to il he said they were sitting down next month to discuss his contract and footballs a winning game and il losing money because our home form rubbish and if he gave wilder new contract then we dived like last year you would be moaning why new contract cheekychap72
  • Score: 7

8:11pm Sat 25 Jan 14

onthebench says...

I'm struggling a bit with many of the comments. Referring to the moaners and groaners as supporters leaves me cold. I sit close to a bunch of such moaners in the South Stand upper who constantly put the team, the players, the coaches and the Manager down. The negativity rubs off on everyone. I'll be changing the position of my season ticket to get away from these "supporters". I for one would have renewed my season ticket whether the Manager was Chris Wilder, Alex Ferguson or Donald Duck, Whether we were promoted, mid tale or relegated. My wish for the future is that the moaners stay away or all suffer group laryngitis! Oxford til I die (whether Premier League or Hellenic League).
I'm struggling a bit with many of the comments. Referring to the moaners and groaners as supporters leaves me cold. I sit close to a bunch of such moaners in the South Stand upper who constantly put the team, the players, the coaches and the Manager down. The negativity rubs off on everyone. I'll be changing the position of my season ticket to get away from these "supporters". I for one would have renewed my season ticket whether the Manager was Chris Wilder, Alex Ferguson or Donald Duck, Whether we were promoted, mid tale or relegated. My wish for the future is that the moaners stay away or all suffer group laryngitis! Oxford til I die (whether Premier League or Hellenic League). onthebench
  • Score: 19

8:15pm Sat 25 Jan 14

jbowling says...

At last we are rid of this irritating little man who has achieved very little in his long managerial career. In truth he has applied for every job going and no one wants him. He patently won't back himself to tale the club forward - he is is well aware of his limitations..

A psychological weight will be lifted from the players shoulders who are constantly told to treat the opposition with too much respect. Every game is as though we are taking on far superior teams and we need discipline to grind out a result. We should allow our players to attack with flair and show arrogance - expecting to win against many teams at this level.

Watch us go on from here - I and many more will now re attend matches in the hope that we will be entertained.

HOPE we now have Hope again - today is a great day
At last we are rid of this irritating little man who has achieved very little in his long managerial career. In truth he has applied for every job going and no one wants him. He patently won't back himself to tale the club forward - he is is well aware of his limitations.. A psychological weight will be lifted from the players shoulders who are constantly told to treat the opposition with too much respect. Every game is as though we are taking on far superior teams and we need discipline to grind out a result. We should allow our players to attack with flair and show arrogance - expecting to win against many teams at this level. Watch us go on from here - I and many more will now re attend matches in the hope that we will be entertained. HOPE we now have Hope again - today is a great day jbowling
  • Score: -5

8:16pm Sat 25 Jan 14

learned says...

Yes we must thank Wilder for getting us out if the conference but he had taken us as far as HE could.
We have seen far too many poor home performances-Plymout
h, Pompey,Scunthorpe and Charlton- and he didn't have the ability to motivate the players. And too many negative actics at home.
What about his dreadful loan signings and some of the players who he bought in this season- Hunt, a dreadful full back ! Giving Smalley another contract !
Yes we must thank Wilder for getting us out if the conference but he had taken us as far as HE could. We have seen far too many poor home performances-Plymout h, Pompey,Scunthorpe and Charlton- and he didn't have the ability to motivate the players. And too many negative actics at home. What about his dreadful loan signings and some of the players who he bought in this season- Hunt, a dreadful full back ! Giving Smalley another contract ! learned
  • Score: -2

8:18pm Sat 25 Jan 14

cheekychap72 says...

remberingthe80s wrote:
It would seem that you so called fans can't wait to have a digl at someone who has done really Well under very difficult situations.
He has no cash for players, chairman that has put in lsomeoneof his cash, a ground that we don't own. And all the negative effects on the ground ect and all you peoplet seem to do is s### on someone who did a great job
It's is plain to seethe chairman didn't want to offer a new contract to a.manager that you dont want. All these new managers you lot think will be interested but we don't have the cash, so we end up with someone who has a clue.
The way forward is to more the a shared ground at city, have more cash to spend on players and find a new place. In till this happens we will never be able to be a big club. Personally I think we will go down next year and then you be glad in want you people have done
So Wilder has nt had no money then he wanted Kitson so IL got him and he paid for Mullens um brought in Williams and brought in a youth team to develope and use rather than spend on loan players and due to previous owners we have a long lease on the ground so cant move and us fans can have our on opions but until we put our own in oxford united then IL pays the bills not the fans or Wilder.
[quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: It would seem that you so called fans can't wait to have a digl at someone who has done really Well under very difficult situations. He has no cash for players, chairman that has put in lsomeoneof his cash, a ground that we don't own. And all the negative effects on the ground ect and all you peoplet seem to do is s### on someone who did a great job It's is plain to seethe chairman didn't want to offer a new contract to a.manager that you dont want. All these new managers you lot think will be interested but we don't have the cash, so we end up with someone who has a clue. The way forward is to more the a shared ground at city, have more cash to spend on players and find a new place. In till this happens we will never be able to be a big club. Personally I think we will go down next year and then you be glad in want you people have done[/p][/quote]So Wilder has nt had no money then he wanted Kitson so IL got him and he paid for Mullens um brought in Williams and brought in a youth team to develope and use rather than spend on loan players and due to previous owners we have a long lease on the ground so cant move and us fans can have our on opions but until we put our own in oxford united then IL pays the bills not the fans or Wilder. cheekychap72
  • Score: 3

8:35pm Sat 25 Jan 14

cheekychap72 says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
He has gone to a much bigger club so can't blame him for that
Sad life you have
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: He has gone to a much bigger club so can't blame him for that[/p][/quote]Sad life you have cheekychap72
  • Score: 11

8:37pm Sat 25 Jan 14

cheekychap72 says...

Sinny Vamways wrote:
It is a disgrace it has resorted to this. Our greatest manager in recent years pushed out by some so called fans with a chip on their shoulder and the clueless buffoon that is IL. Shame on them.

Thanks for the great times Chris.

Lenagan out?!?
Why dont you buy Lenagan out then?
[quote][p][bold]Sinny Vamways[/bold] wrote: It is a disgrace it has resorted to this. Our greatest manager in recent years pushed out by some so called fans with a chip on their shoulder and the clueless buffoon that is IL. Shame on them. Thanks for the great times Chris. Lenagan out?!?[/p][/quote]Why dont you buy Lenagan out then? cheekychap72
  • Score: 5

8:42pm Sat 25 Jan 14

cheekychap72 says...

marathon2012 wrote:
The reasons why he may of resigned:
1.no money for new players.
2.contract coming to an end.
3.fans on his back.
4.struggling to motivate the team at home.

lets hope we get a better manager
1 hes had money to spend
2 he knew the deal over new contract at start of season
3 IL loosing money at home so fans do have a say at home
4 if he cant motivate then he had to go
[quote][p][bold]marathon2012[/bold] wrote: The reasons why he may of resigned: 1.no money for new players. 2.contract coming to an end. 3.fans on his back. 4.struggling to motivate the team at home. lets hope we get a better manager[/p][/quote]1 hes had money to spend 2 he knew the deal over new contract at start of season 3 IL loosing money at home so fans do have a say at home 4 if he cant motivate then he had to go cheekychap72
  • Score: 6

8:55pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

London_Ox wrote:
Oxon21 wrote:
I think oxford united have hung chris wilder out to dry. The poor man was refused permission to talk to northampton, but at ghe same time was not offered a new contract,

IL should be ashamed of himself putting a man and his family in such uncertainty.

Thanks Chris and good luck at northampton
Hung out to dry? How so? IL indicated that he would make an appropriate decision extending his contract based on how we finished this season which I think it fair enough and what the general majority of supporters would agree with. I think had we faired better in the table and were looking good for promotion by March, IL would possibly pulled the trigger earlier and offered him a new contract on good faith.

Wilder resigning can be viewed in many ways, i.e looking after himself and ensuring he is all set in and more likely to be in a job for next season but I think it was more that he didn't have confidence in his own faith to get the job done properly this season so he jumped ship before he was pushed.

Thanks for getting us out the conference Chris and all your efforts but I think a change was long over due for both parties.
I agree that possibly CW has decided to take matters into his own hands, he knew what the score was and I don't think the Chairman has done anything remotely wrong, CW knew that the play offs were the very least expected of the team this season and at present we are still on course to deliver that. Chris hasn't shown himself to be a great motivator, doesn't inspire players and the fact a lot of strikers have moved elsewhere while it was known we were actively looking (although it isn't known if the Chairmen would sanction new players) says a lot, I think as a club we might be attractive to players so is it it CW that wasn't? Maybe we will never know. Sad to say that Mickey Lewis isn't the answer so I hope the Chairman can bring the right man in quickly. As a top six team we should have interest from Managers looking to either find a club or move on, we do need someone with a proven record at this level and above, we need a manager that isn't looking to change clubs season by season, CW gave us stability and got us out of the dreaded Conference and has my sincere thanks for that, I have never been his No:1 fan but appreciate he has done his best for this club. He has appeared to struggle at times, he hasn't attracted decent loan signings although has assembled a decent squad this season although his shortfall always has been picking goal scorers, something he has struggled with again this season. Hopefully whoever comes in will re-ignite the promotion push, will bring in a goal scorer and will get us promoted. Finally thanks for what you achieved here Chris, good luck at Northamtpton!
[quote][p][bold]London_Ox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oxon21[/bold] wrote: I think oxford united have hung chris wilder out to dry. The poor man was refused permission to talk to northampton, but at ghe same time was not offered a new contract, IL should be ashamed of himself putting a man and his family in such uncertainty. Thanks Chris and good luck at northampton[/p][/quote]Hung out to dry? How so? IL indicated that he would make an appropriate decision extending his contract based on how we finished this season which I think it fair enough and what the general majority of supporters would agree with. I think had we faired better in the table and were looking good for promotion by March, IL would possibly pulled the trigger earlier and offered him a new contract on good faith. Wilder resigning can be viewed in many ways, i.e looking after himself and ensuring he is all set in and more likely to be in a job for next season but I think it was more that he didn't have confidence in his own faith to get the job done properly this season so he jumped ship before he was pushed. Thanks for getting us out the conference Chris and all your efforts but I think a change was long over due for both parties.[/p][/quote]I agree that possibly CW has decided to take matters into his own hands, he knew what the score was and I don't think the Chairman has done anything remotely wrong, CW knew that the play offs were the very least expected of the team this season and at present we are still on course to deliver that. Chris hasn't shown himself to be a great motivator, doesn't inspire players and the fact a lot of strikers have moved elsewhere while it was known we were actively looking (although it isn't known if the Chairmen would sanction new players) says a lot, I think as a club we might be attractive to players so is it it CW that wasn't? Maybe we will never know. Sad to say that Mickey Lewis isn't the answer so I hope the Chairman can bring the right man in quickly. As a top six team we should have interest from Managers looking to either find a club or move on, we do need someone with a proven record at this level and above, we need a manager that isn't looking to change clubs season by season, CW gave us stability and got us out of the dreaded Conference and has my sincere thanks for that, I have never been his No:1 fan but appreciate he has done his best for this club. He has appeared to struggle at times, he hasn't attracted decent loan signings although has assembled a decent squad this season although his shortfall always has been picking goal scorers, something he has struggled with again this season. Hopefully whoever comes in will re-ignite the promotion push, will bring in a goal scorer and will get us promoted. Finally thanks for what you achieved here Chris, good luck at Northamtpton! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 9

9:02pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

village lad wrote:
It Would have been so easy for IL to have sacked Chris on a few occasions previously but he stuck by him and this is how Chris repays IL? CW's tactics and brand of football, especially at home, was shocking and any other club would have booted out their manager a long time ago.

IL's attitude to CW seems to have been "You deliver for us, and we'll deliver for you", which seems fair enough to me.

See ya Chris. Cheers for the day at Wembley, but you have took OUFC as far as you possibly could
I do Like your points and agree wholeheartedly particularly your middle paragraph. CW knew what was expected of him and the team and maybe he didn't have confidence in himself or his team to deliver. I do wish him well though and if he does go up the A43 I hope he saves them from relegation.
[quote][p][bold]village lad[/bold] wrote: It Would have been so easy for IL to have sacked Chris on a few occasions previously but he stuck by him and this is how Chris repays IL? CW's tactics and brand of football, especially at home, was shocking and any other club would have booted out their manager a long time ago. IL's attitude to CW seems to have been "You deliver for us, and we'll deliver for you", which seems fair enough to me. See ya Chris. Cheers for the day at Wembley, but you have took OUFC as far as you possibly could[/p][/quote]I do Like your points and agree wholeheartedly particularly your middle paragraph. CW knew what was expected of him and the team and maybe he didn't have confidence in himself or his team to deliver. I do wish him well though and if he does go up the A43 I hope he saves them from relegation. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 4

9:02pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

village lad wrote:
It Would have been so easy for IL to have sacked Chris on a few occasions previously but he stuck by him and this is how Chris repays IL? CW's tactics and brand of football, especially at home, was shocking and any other club would have booted out their manager a long time ago.

IL's attitude to CW seems to have been "You deliver for us, and we'll deliver for you", which seems fair enough to me.

See ya Chris. Cheers for the day at Wembley, but you have took OUFC as far as you possibly could
I do Like your points and agree wholeheartedly particularly your middle paragraph. CW knew what was expected of him and the team and maybe he didn't have confidence in himself or his team to deliver. I do wish him well though and if he does go up the A43 I hope he saves them from relegation.
[quote][p][bold]village lad[/bold] wrote: It Would have been so easy for IL to have sacked Chris on a few occasions previously but he stuck by him and this is how Chris repays IL? CW's tactics and brand of football, especially at home, was shocking and any other club would have booted out their manager a long time ago. IL's attitude to CW seems to have been "You deliver for us, and we'll deliver for you", which seems fair enough to me. See ya Chris. Cheers for the day at Wembley, but you have took OUFC as far as you possibly could[/p][/quote]I do Like your points and agree wholeheartedly particularly your middle paragraph. CW knew what was expected of him and the team and maybe he didn't have confidence in himself or his team to deliver. I do wish him well though and if he does go up the A43 I hope he saves them from relegation. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 3

9:13pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

Bumble08 wrote:
I would like to thank Chris for all he has done for the Club, he has been a good manager but not a great manager for Oxford.

Explained: We have had one of the best squads in the league for a number of years now and yet we have time and time again failed. There has not been 7 better teams in the league over the last few years yet we have accepted the fact that we haven't been promoted. Having a bit of knowledge on the club i know the players will be much happy now he has gone. Chris always felt the need to tinker with a winning side and this is done to the fact he is a negative manager, he doesn't make substitutions when he should and is scared of mixing it up. If you really think about it on the games we have lost and played poorly in he hasn't had the tactical knowledge to change it...

Difficult to know who will come in maybe an unknown will be given a chance, managers that are out of work aren't the best and are out of work for a reason.

All that said good luck to Chris as he isn't the worst we have ever had!!!
Agree with you 100%. Spot on!
[quote][p][bold]Bumble08[/bold] wrote: I would like to thank Chris for all he has done for the Club, he has been a good manager but not a great manager for Oxford. Explained: We have had one of the best squads in the league for a number of years now and yet we have time and time again failed. There has not been 7 better teams in the league over the last few years yet we have accepted the fact that we haven't been promoted. Having a bit of knowledge on the club i know the players will be much happy now he has gone. Chris always felt the need to tinker with a winning side and this is done to the fact he is a negative manager, he doesn't make substitutions when he should and is scared of mixing it up. If you really think about it on the games we have lost and played poorly in he hasn't had the tactical knowledge to change it... Difficult to know who will come in maybe an unknown will be given a chance, managers that are out of work aren't the best and are out of work for a reason. All that said good luck to Chris as he isn't the worst we have ever had!!![/p][/quote]Agree with you 100%. Spot on! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 7

9:21pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

jbowling wrote:
At last we are rid of this irritating little man who has achieved very little in his long managerial career. In truth he has applied for every job going and no one wants him. He patently won't back himself to tale the club forward - he is is well aware of his limitations..

A psychological weight will be lifted from the players shoulders who are constantly told to treat the opposition with too much respect. Every game is as though we are taking on far superior teams and we need discipline to grind out a result. We should allow our players to attack with flair and show arrogance - expecting to win against many teams at this level.

Watch us go on from here - I and many more will now re attend matches in the hope that we will be entertained.

HOPE we now have Hope again - today is a great day
A man after my own heart. I only said on here yesterday that we pay the opposition far too much respect instead of going out and allowing the players to express themselves on the field of play. The manager picked them so should have the confidence to allow them to go out and show us all what they can do. Who knows maybe even our powder puff strikers might under a new manager, start to bang a few in, that would surprise me but you never know, maybe CW's tactics have stifled their instincts, we will wait and see!
[quote][p][bold]jbowling[/bold] wrote: At last we are rid of this irritating little man who has achieved very little in his long managerial career. In truth he has applied for every job going and no one wants him. He patently won't back himself to tale the club forward - he is is well aware of his limitations.. A psychological weight will be lifted from the players shoulders who are constantly told to treat the opposition with too much respect. Every game is as though we are taking on far superior teams and we need discipline to grind out a result. We should allow our players to attack with flair and show arrogance - expecting to win against many teams at this level. Watch us go on from here - I and many more will now re attend matches in the hope that we will be entertained. HOPE we now have Hope again - today is a great day[/p][/quote]A man after my own heart. I only said on here yesterday that we pay the opposition far too much respect instead of going out and allowing the players to express themselves on the field of play. The manager picked them so should have the confidence to allow them to go out and show us all what they can do. Who knows maybe even our powder puff strikers might under a new manager, start to bang a few in, that would surprise me but you never know, maybe CW's tactics have stifled their instincts, we will wait and see! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Oxon21 says...

cheekychap72 wrote:
Oxon21 wrote:
I think oxford united have hung chris wilder out to dry. The poor man was refused permission to talk to northampton, but at ghe same time was not offered a new contract,

IL should be ashamed of himself putting a man and his family in such uncertainty.

Thanks Chris and good luck at northampton
I agree about the security part and if you listen to il he said they were sitting down next month to discuss his contract and footballs a winning game and il losing money because our home form rubbish and if he gave wilder new contract then we dived like last year you would be moaning why new contract
I am probably one of the few who thought hecwas doing a good job. Limited funds, using youth when injuries occured etc.

I would not have been adverse to giving him a new contract. However by refusing to allow him the opportunity to talk to Northampton, IL pushed him into a corner. IMO CW has done what any sensible person with a family to look after would have done.

If IL thought that much of him, then he should have let him talk to Northampton and then make his mind up.
[quote][p][bold]cheekychap72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oxon21[/bold] wrote: I think oxford united have hung chris wilder out to dry. The poor man was refused permission to talk to northampton, but at ghe same time was not offered a new contract, IL should be ashamed of himself putting a man and his family in such uncertainty. Thanks Chris and good luck at northampton[/p][/quote]I agree about the security part and if you listen to il he said they were sitting down next month to discuss his contract and footballs a winning game and il losing money because our home form rubbish and if he gave wilder new contract then we dived like last year you would be moaning why new contract[/p][/quote]I am probably one of the few who thought hecwas doing a good job. Limited funds, using youth when injuries occured etc. I would not have been adverse to giving him a new contract. However by refusing to allow him the opportunity to talk to Northampton, IL pushed him into a corner. IMO CW has done what any sensible person with a family to look after would have done. If IL thought that much of him, then he should have let him talk to Northampton and then make his mind up. Oxon21
  • Score: 0

10:37pm Sat 25 Jan 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

What the heck is going on? Chris Wilder has now released a statement saying he has not resigned? http://www.oxfordmai
l.co.uk/sport/oxford
united/10964022.Chri
s_Wilder_releases_st
atement_saying_he_ha
s_NOT_resigned_as_Ox
ford_United_manager/
?action=success

Garden leave and a long tribunal follows I think...
What the heck is going on? Chris Wilder has now released a statement saying he has not resigned? http://www.oxfordmai l.co.uk/sport/oxford united/10964022.Chri s_Wilder_releases_st atement_saying_he_ha s_NOT_resigned_as_Ox ford_United_manager/ ?action=success Garden leave and a long tribunal follows I think... yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 0

10:50pm Sat 25 Jan 14

dorsetyellows says...

Oh no he hasn't.
Oh no he hasn't. dorsetyellows
  • Score: 0

1:56am Sun 26 Jan 14

OX3 UNITED says...

Di canio to take over the best to take use up I no there is a lode of muppets out there who think not but he will bring the best out of the players
Di canio to take over the best to take use up I no there is a lode of muppets out there who think not but he will bring the best out of the players OX3 UNITED
  • Score: -7

10:35am Sun 26 Jan 14

cheekychap72 says...

OX3 UNITED wrote:
Di canio to take over the best to take use up I no there is a lode of muppets out there who think not but he will bring the best out of the players
Di canio would nt come as we ve have nt got the money to throw at new players like swindon did and Ian Lenagan is to smart for his style of management and the only muppets you for thinking it.
[quote][p][bold]OX3 UNITED[/bold] wrote: Di canio to take over the best to take use up I no there is a lode of muppets out there who think not but he will bring the best out of the players[/p][/quote]Di canio would nt come as we ve have nt got the money to throw at new players like swindon did and Ian Lenagan is to smart for his style of management and the only muppets you for thinking it. cheekychap72
  • Score: 3

5:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Pherky says...

Nice to know that IL likes to comment, on the comments he doesn't like.
Nice to know that IL likes to comment, on the comments he doesn't like. Pherky
  • Score: -1

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