Next Oxford United boss must buy into club's principles

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AN ABILITY to bring through young talent will be a key attribute for candidates looking to become the next Oxford United manager

The process to find Chris Wilder’s replacement is under way, although a quick appointment is unlikely, with the board believed to favour a thorough interview process, similar to when they handed Wilder the job in 2008.

Chairman Ian Lenagan is keeping an open mind over whether they make a permanent appointment, or operate with an interim boss until the end of the season.

But there are certain strengths the U’s require.

Chief among these will be a commitment to promote talent from within.

Lenagan said: “I think the principles of the strategies that I and my board have for Oxford United are well known.

“We certainly would want a manager who espouses those strategies.”

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10:16am Fri 31 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

Can we get Promotion with Mickey Lewis and Nigel Melville running things? Or will not appointing a Permanent man be a costly mistake? I know the club didn't sack CW but surely as he had been told the play offs were the least expected, not to go for it now would be suicide. At least we are an attractive proposition whilst we are 5th, but to a guy looking for a club in the close season, if we are still in Division 4 we won't be anywhere near as attractive.
Can we get Promotion with Mickey Lewis and Nigel Melville running things? Or will not appointing a Permanent man be a costly mistake? I know the club didn't sack CW but surely as he had been told the play offs were the least expected, not to go for it now would be suicide. At least we are an attractive proposition whilst we are 5th, but to a guy looking for a club in the close season, if we are still in Division 4 we won't be anywhere near as attractive. Richard Wickson

11:46am Fri 31 Jan 14

Dolly76 says...

Who is Nigel Melville?
Who is Nigel Melville? Dolly76

12:07pm Fri 31 Jan 14

iallan says...

The Chairman and the Board should be commended for this sustainable approach to managing the fortunes of the club. Sustainable not just from a talent development perspective, but also for the economic benefits, both real and potential, this approach affords. Too much money is wasted "buying" players across football and it is not sustainable at any level.
The Chairman and the Board should be commended for this sustainable approach to managing the fortunes of the club. Sustainable not just from a talent development perspective, but also for the economic benefits, both real and potential, this approach affords. Too much money is wasted "buying" players across football and it is not sustainable at any level. iallan

12:10pm Fri 31 Jan 14

karatavuk says...

Wilder didn't really buy into Lenagan's strategy of promoting youth from within.
That's why he left.
Wilder didn't really buy into Lenagan's strategy of promoting youth from within. That's why he left. karatavuk

2:57pm Fri 31 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

Dolly76 wrote:
Who is Nigel Melville?
Andy's brother, last seen working in the ticket office !!
[quote][p][bold]Dolly76[/bold] wrote: Who is Nigel Melville?[/p][/quote]Andy's brother, last seen working in the ticket office !! South Upper 87

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