Wilder vows not to return for Oxford United stars and staff

Chris Wilder is unveiled as the new Northampton Town manager at Sixfields yesterday Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

Chris Wilder is unveiled as the new Northampton Town manager at Sixfields yesterday Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

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Chris Wilder has promised he is not planning a raid on Oxford United for players or staff to help Northampton Town’s fight against relegation.

After resigning at the U’s on Sunday, the 46-year-old was unveiled as Cobblers manager yesterday morning.

With the club six points from safety in Sky Bet League Two, the race is on to make signings before the transfer window closes on Friday.

There was immediate concern among some U’s fans that Wilder could head back to tempt players and coaching staff away from the Kassam Stadium.

It is not clear whether a commitment not to return was part of the compensation package agreed between the two clubs, but Wilder has made it clear no attempt will be made.

“I get on with players, I have a relationship with them, but I won’t be going back there,” he said. “I don’t think that’s right and proper and fair.

“We will look around the market and I should imagine they won’t want to get rid of anybody just yet anyway with having a tight squad and going well at the moment.”

The same goes for staff, with Wilder naming Alan Knill as his assistant.

He said: “I’ve got no great desire to come and bring my own staff in straight away.

“I worked with staff at Oxford United, I came in on my own. I was prepared to look and to see.”

There was widespread confusion on Saturday night, when Wilder’s agent put out a statement saying he had not resigned within hours of U’s chairman Ian Lenagan claiming he had left the club.

The ex-Halifax boss defended his actions and is confident the move will prove to be the correct one.

“It was moving at a pace and I was told both clubs were talking and obviously wanted to get it over the line,” he said.

“I did my job professionally on Saturday. I think I’ve left the club in a fantastic position in terms of the league position and the assets on the pitch all tied up.

“It’s a good group of players who I expect to kick on into the second part of the season.”

He added: “Sometimes you have to make decisions, I’ve taken a brave one, but I feel it’s a correct one and I’m 100 per cent sure that I’ve made the right decision.”

Northampton chairman David Cardoza was thrilled with the switch.

He said: “The fact that we’ve got him from Oxford, who are a couple of points off second place to come down to a club that’s 24th is a huge coup for us.”

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8:10am Tue 28 Jan 14

87oufc says...

It is sad to see Wilder go. The picture above with the Northampton scarf is gut wrenching. Five years is a very long time and you can't help but form relationships.
I've heard nothing but Wilder having left this club in a good position which implies he did a good job - which he did.

It is an incredible shame that Chris left in the manner he did and I would of loved to have seen a full house if he had announced his intentions a few days in advance.

The Cobblers have made a good choice and the right manager if they go down this season.
It is sad to see Wilder go. The picture above with the Northampton scarf is gut wrenching. Five years is a very long time and you can't help but form relationships. I've heard nothing but Wilder having left this club in a good position which implies he did a good job - which he did. It is an incredible shame that Chris left in the manner he did and I would of loved to have seen a full house if he had announced his intentions a few days in advance. The Cobblers have made a good choice and the right manager if they go down this season. 87oufc
  • Score: 23

9:03am Tue 28 Jan 14

BigOx22 says...

Well well well, lets see how long that last. Do us a favour please Wilder and take Deane Smalley with you! Onwards and upwards for the U's, downwards and backwards for the cobblers.

Can't wait for the last game of the season now. We will need a win to get promoted and they will need a win to stay up, I can see it already!
Well well well, lets see how long that last. Do us a favour please Wilder and take Deane Smalley with you! Onwards and upwards for the U's, downwards and backwards for the cobblers. Can't wait for the last game of the season now. We will need a win to get promoted and they will need a win to stay up, I can see it already! BigOx22
  • Score: -18

10:28am Tue 28 Jan 14

bigchet says...

pretty obvious that blocking a clubs approach for the manager does nothing to prevent it as its just a matter of picking up the phone.the fact that cw was prepared to resign on sat indicates that he had been tapped before then and the newport manager has stated that he was also approached by n,hampton without his clubs sanction but turned them down. anyway its all water under the bridge and can only wish mickey good luck with the oncoming fixtures.
pretty obvious that blocking a clubs approach for the manager does nothing to prevent it as its just a matter of picking up the phone.the fact that cw was prepared to resign on sat indicates that he had been tapped before then and the newport manager has stated that he was also approached by n,hampton without his clubs sanction but turned them down. anyway its all water under the bridge and can only wish mickey good luck with the oncoming fixtures. bigchet
  • Score: 11

3:34pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Roger Craig says...

87oufc wrote:
It is sad to see Wilder go. The picture above with the Northampton scarf is gut wrenching. Five years is a very long time and you can't help but form relationships.
I've heard nothing but Wilder having left this club in a good position which implies he did a good job - which he did.

It is an incredible shame that Chris left in the manner he did and I would of loved to have seen a full house if he had announced his intentions a few days in advance.

The Cobblers have made a good choice and the right manager if they go down this season.
"The Cobblers have made a good choice and the right manager if they go down this season."

Could not agree more with 87oufc. They've got a good conference-class manager there.
[quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: It is sad to see Wilder go. The picture above with the Northampton scarf is gut wrenching. Five years is a very long time and you can't help but form relationships. I've heard nothing but Wilder having left this club in a good position which implies he did a good job - which he did. It is an incredible shame that Chris left in the manner he did and I would of loved to have seen a full house if he had announced his intentions a few days in advance. The Cobblers have made a good choice and the right manager if they go down this season.[/p][/quote]"The Cobblers have made a good choice and the right manager if they go down this season." Could not agree more with 87oufc. They've got a good conference-class manager there. Roger Craig
  • Score: 1

3:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

mattyi says...

Its well known in football that wilder applied for nearly every job in football over the last two years. Hes gone for family security well that could well be in none league football again for him. Jim Magilton is the only man for the job.
Its well known in football that wilder applied for nearly every job in football over the last two years. Hes gone for family security well that could well be in none league football again for him. Jim Magilton is the only man for the job. mattyi
  • Score: -5

4:07pm Tue 28 Jan 14

A Scroat says...

Roger Craig wrote:
87oufc wrote:
It is sad to see Wilder go. The picture above with the Northampton scarf is gut wrenching. Five years is a very long time and you can't help but form relationships.
I've heard nothing but Wilder having left this club in a good position which implies he did a good job - which he did.

It is an incredible shame that Chris left in the manner he did and I would of loved to have seen a full house if he had announced his intentions a few days in advance.

The Cobblers have made a good choice and the right manager if they go down this season.
"The Cobblers have made a good choice and the right manager if they go down this season."

Could not agree more with 87oufc. They've got a good conference-class manager there.
I agree. When The Cobblers have been in the Conference for a few years and finally get back into the lowest proper league their "Sid Snakeys" can say what a great manager he was, or put the blinkers on and accept mediocrity.
[quote][p][bold]Roger Craig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: It is sad to see Wilder go. The picture above with the Northampton scarf is gut wrenching. Five years is a very long time and you can't help but form relationships. I've heard nothing but Wilder having left this club in a good position which implies he did a good job - which he did. It is an incredible shame that Chris left in the manner he did and I would of loved to have seen a full house if he had announced his intentions a few days in advance. The Cobblers have made a good choice and the right manager if they go down this season.[/p][/quote]"The Cobblers have made a good choice and the right manager if they go down this season." Could not agree more with 87oufc. They've got a good conference-class manager there.[/p][/quote]I agree. When The Cobblers have been in the Conference for a few years and finally get back into the lowest proper league their "Sid Snakeys" can say what a great manager he was, or put the blinkers on and accept mediocrity. A Scroat
  • Score: 3

5:20pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Sid Snakey says...

@Scroat

I truly hope that this managerial change turns out to be a positive one for our club. I also wish a former manager well in his future career and thank him for all his hard work.

It's a shame the Muppets can't say the same. The vitriol still being heaped on Chris Wilder is shameful.
@Scroat I truly hope that this managerial change turns out to be a positive one for our club. I also wish a former manager well in his future career and thank him for all his hard work. It's a shame the Muppets can't say the same. The vitriol still being heaped on Chris Wilder is shameful. Sid Snakey
  • Score: 3

10:13pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

It'sonly a game...
It'sonly a game... Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: 0

11:22pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Roger Craig says...

Yes indeed Scroat, I do not know what goes on in CW's mind, but when I read the account of the recent events, I somehow found it not at all surprising that he would quit a promotion chasing team for a relegation-haunted team. I imagine him thinking "if I stay at Oxford,we are probably going to bottle it and miss promotion again, and everyone will hate me and I could get fired. But at Northampton, it's win-win. They stay up -- I get hailed a a savior. They go down -- it's not my fault because they were already doomed before I arrived. Then I will be in the same position I used to be at Oxford -- a team with relatively big resources in a league below their standard. With more money and fans than most conference teams, I should be able to get them back up to div 4 again... And be hailed as savior. Then it will be time to start looking around for another team, having buffed the old CV with a promotion. Meanwhile the retirement fund is set fair for another three and a half years."

Do you think it was something like that?
Yes indeed Scroat, I do not know what goes on in CW's mind, but when I read the account of the recent events, I somehow found it not at all surprising that he would quit a promotion chasing team for a relegation-haunted team. I imagine him thinking "if I stay at Oxford,we are probably going to bottle it and miss promotion again, and everyone will hate me and I could get fired. But at Northampton, it's win-win. They stay up -- I get hailed a a savior. They go down -- it's not my fault because they were already doomed before I arrived. Then I will be in the same position I used to be at Oxford -- a team with relatively big resources in a league below their standard. With more money and fans than most conference teams, I should be able to get them back up to div 4 again... And be hailed as savior. Then it will be time to start looking around for another team, having buffed the old CV with a promotion. Meanwhile the retirement fund is set fair for another three and a half years." Do you think it was something like that? Roger Craig
  • Score: 0

7:30am Wed 29 Jan 14

badger86 says...

well done chris! You left Oxford in a much better position than when you arrived. How many managers that we've had in the last 25 years can say that! You may have doggedly stuck to 4-3-3 and had your wobbles, but all in all we can say that you did a great job at oxford and we'll be forever grateful that you took us out of the terrible conference!
well done chris! You left Oxford in a much better position than when you arrived. How many managers that we've had in the last 25 years can say that! You may have doggedly stuck to 4-3-3 and had your wobbles, but all in all we can say that you did a great job at oxford and we'll be forever grateful that you took us out of the terrible conference! badger86
  • Score: 1

9:02am Wed 29 Jan 14

doublehop says...

Roger Craig wrote:
Yes indeed Scroat, I do not know what goes on in CW's mind, but when I read the account of the recent events, I somehow found it not at all surprising that he would quit a promotion chasing team for a relegation-haunted team. I imagine him thinking "if I stay at Oxford,we are probably going to bottle it and miss promotion again, and everyone will hate me and I could get fired. But at Northampton, it's win-win. They stay up -- I get hailed a a savior. They go down -- it's not my fault because they were already doomed before I arrived. Then I will be in the same position I used to be at Oxford -- a team with relatively big resources in a league below their standard. With more money and fans than most conference teams, I should be able to get them back up to div 4 again... And be hailed as savior. Then it will be time to start looking around for another team, having buffed the old CV with a promotion. Meanwhile the retirement fund is set fair for another three and a half years."

Do you think it was something like that?
Absolutely right. I believe you and Scroat have got it spot on.
[quote][p][bold]Roger Craig[/bold] wrote: Yes indeed Scroat, I do not know what goes on in CW's mind, but when I read the account of the recent events, I somehow found it not at all surprising that he would quit a promotion chasing team for a relegation-haunted team. I imagine him thinking "if I stay at Oxford,we are probably going to bottle it and miss promotion again, and everyone will hate me and I could get fired. But at Northampton, it's win-win. They stay up -- I get hailed a a savior. They go down -- it's not my fault because they were already doomed before I arrived. Then I will be in the same position I used to be at Oxford -- a team with relatively big resources in a league below their standard. With more money and fans than most conference teams, I should be able to get them back up to div 4 again... And be hailed as savior. Then it will be time to start looking around for another team, having buffed the old CV with a promotion. Meanwhile the retirement fund is set fair for another three and a half years." Do you think it was something like that?[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. I believe you and Scroat have got it spot on. doublehop
  • Score: 1

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