Chesterfield 3 (Banks 8, Roberts pen 16 & 90+3) Oxford Utd 0 + match highlights video

Chesterfield 3 (Banks 8, Roberts pen 16 & 90+3) Oxford Utd 0

Chesterfield 3 (Banks 8, Roberts pen 16 & 90+3) Oxford Utd 0

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OXFORD United finished with just eight men as they suffered a hugely costly afternoon which did more damage to flagging promotion hopes.

Tom Newey and Michael Raynes were both sent off as United unravelled in the final ten minutes.

Johnny Mullins was also stretchered off and with all three substitutes already used, United had no-one to come on as the game unravelled calamitously.

The game had started almost as badly, with defensive mistakes allowing Ollie Banks and Gary Roberts to open up a two-goal lead in 16 minutes.

United did recover to have their moments going forward, but they could not take advantage and instead Roberts punished the depleted visitors by adding his second in stoppage time.

United's side showed two changes from the one which began the 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town in midweek.

Danny Rose came into the middle of a five-man midfield, which saw Alfie Potter line up on the left flank. James Constable and David Connolly dropped to the bench.

The visitors had opened the scoring inside a minute on their visit to the Proact Stadium last season and they got away to another good start.

Smalley, playing on his own up front, was fouled out wide and the resulting free-kick was only half-cleared to the edge of the box, where David Hunt unleashed a sweet volley.

Tommy Lee did well to tip the ball over and from the corner Newey stabbed a shot wide.

It was a promising opening, but as with their 2-1 home defeat to Burton Albion a week earlier, the game plan quickly came off the rails.

On eight minutes a fluent move from Chesterfield saw Jay O'Shea cross from the right. Hunt looked well-placed to head clear, but somehow the full back did not make contact. Banks was on hand to profit, controlling the ball and slamming a shot home from eight yards.

It was a poor goal to give away, but it got even worse just after the quarter-hour mark.

Mullins, playing as the anchor man in midfield, was booked for a lunge on Roberts. From the free-kick Smalley inexplicably shoved Ian Evatt, which referee Paul Tierney spotted.

Roberts had no hesitation from 12 yards, converting confidently to give the leaders a two-goal cushion.

For a moment it looked like the hosts might disappear over the horizon, but United were at least able to steady the ship.

Backed by an away end which did not stop chanting until half-time they went in search for a way back into the game.

The visitors were able to keep the ball well for spells, but significantly they rarely stretched the Spireites' defence.

Ryan Williams was their brightest spark, skipping past Ritchie Humphreys a couple of times. On one occasion his cross was met cleanly on the volley by Smalley, but the goal-bound effort was well blocked.

Chesterfield looked the more likely to score and only an excellent block from Newey prevented O'Shea from a clear sight of goal in stoppage time.

The forward curled a free-kick just over early in the second half, before United enjoyed their best spell of the game.

Just before the hour mark Williams seized on a loose ball and burst clear of the defence. He had scored in the previous two games, but Lee did well to block the shot with his legs.

Chesterfield were briefly rattled and after Potter had a shot deflected wide, Lee dropped the resulting corner. The ball fell to Mullins, whose snap shot was straight at the relieved goalkeeper.

With that, hopes of getting back into the game disappeared.

The hosts regained their composure, before United lost theirs.

Newey received a straight red card for coming through the back of Banks and within two minutes Raynes had followed him down the tunnel after collecting a second booking.

Mullins also swiftly departed, this time on a stretcher, and Roberts rounded off a disastrous afternoon by adding a third goal in stoppage time.

Oxford Utd: Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Wright, Newey, Mullins, Ruffels (Rigg 78), Rose, Williams, Smalley (Constable 70), Potter (Connolly 78).

Unused subs: Crocombe, Whing, Wroe, Bevans.

Chesterfield: Lee, Darikwa, Cooper, Evatt, Humphreys, Ryan, Morsy, O'Shea (Bennett 73), Banks (Kearns 86), Roberts, Richards (Doyle 67).

Unused subs: Dunbavin, Smith, Hird, Gnanduillet.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

Attendance: 6,246 (535 visitors).

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5:27pm Sat 15 Mar 14

karatavuk says...

7 weeks since Wilder walked out and Lenagan does nothing while Oxford United's season falls apart.
Lewis may be the cheap option but he will lose us more money in the long term.
Time to pull your finger out Ian?
7 weeks since Wilder walked out and Lenagan does nothing while Oxford United's season falls apart. Lewis may be the cheap option but he will lose us more money in the long term. Time to pull your finger out Ian? karatavuk
  • Score: 32

5:45pm Sat 15 Mar 14

dorsetyellows says...

The way the club is carrying on , we may have to play at Witney .
The way the club is carrying on , we may have to play at Witney . dorsetyellows
  • Score: 24

5:53pm Sat 15 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

Lenagan is a Chairman in disguise, he might have the title but he does not act like one, putting his pocket in front of what could be a very well supported club and promotion, it's the same old story.

Either get gets a young energetic manager who can inspire or he admits he is hopelessly out of touch with the supporters.

I suspect if we continue down this way next years season ticket sales will go down again, I for one unless we have a good finish will only go to selected home matches and not renew the ticket.
Lenagan is a Chairman in disguise, he might have the title but he does not act like one, putting his pocket in front of what could be a very well supported club and promotion, it's the same old story. Either get gets a young energetic manager who can inspire or he admits he is hopelessly out of touch with the supporters. I suspect if we continue down this way next years season ticket sales will go down again, I for one unless we have a good finish will only go to selected home matches and not renew the ticket. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 24

6:27pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Brian Gibbs says...

Just back from the match and what I have seen was a disgrace ad nothing short of a farce. Two shots on goal all match and Lewis takes Smalley of and puts Constable on when the midfield was ineffective.

Many years ago Phil Whelan was voted the worst player to put a shirt on for the Us but Raynes now has that distinction.

I do not blame the Chairman, was he not told by Wilder that the payers were good enough for the higher division but apart from Clarke and Mullins can someone tell me who they are because the were not on the field today.

Clearly Lewis does not have a clue but lets get the right man and go up next year.
Just back from the match and what I have seen was a disgrace ad nothing short of a farce. Two shots on goal all match and Lewis takes Smalley of and puts Constable on when the midfield was ineffective. Many years ago Phil Whelan was voted the worst player to put a shirt on for the Us but Raynes now has that distinction. I do not blame the Chairman, was he not told by Wilder that the payers were good enough for the higher division but apart from Clarke and Mullins can someone tell me who they are because the were not on the field today. Clearly Lewis does not have a clue but lets get the right man and go up next year. Brian Gibbs
  • Score: 12

6:36pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Richard Wickson says...

As I have said before, like Kassam before him Lenagan does not want to. Finance a Division 3 club, it's cheaper to stay in Division 4. We have been in contention before only to fall away when the season gets to the sharp end and now, like before, some of the team selections and formations appear to have been designed to cost us the result, in other words we have deliberately ensured Promotion was lost. You might say that's fanciful thinking but in all the years I have supported this club it's happened so often that I genuinely believe it's true. I know players demand more wages in a higher Division and the club gets little in return but gates might improve, although having said that when we were a successful,winning Conference side gates were bigger than they are now. I despair for this team of ours I really do, I said earlier in the season that we would finish in our usual 9th position although on present form we will be lucky to finish that high, a few games ago the gap between us and 8th was 11 points now it's just 4. Frightening how in 6 games we have picked up 2 points, relegation form. Shocking and depressing! We were great defensively earlier in the season but now with our 1st choice defence back together we are leaking goals like the Titanic on its maiden voyage leaked water, at this rate another 6 games and we will sink without trace. Even a new manager on Monday will not rescue this sinking ship. Pathetic and shocking performance today! And once again he played Smalley, get real!
As I have said before, like Kassam before him Lenagan does not want to. Finance a Division 3 club, it's cheaper to stay in Division 4. We have been in contention before only to fall away when the season gets to the sharp end and now, like before, some of the team selections and formations appear to have been designed to cost us the result, in other words we have deliberately ensured Promotion was lost. You might say that's fanciful thinking but in all the years I have supported this club it's happened so often that I genuinely believe it's true. I know players demand more wages in a higher Division and the club gets little in return but gates might improve, although having said that when we were a successful,winning Conference side gates were bigger than they are now. I despair for this team of ours I really do, I said earlier in the season that we would finish in our usual 9th position although on present form we will be lucky to finish that high, a few games ago the gap between us and 8th was 11 points now it's just 4. Frightening how in 6 games we have picked up 2 points, relegation form. Shocking and depressing! We were great defensively earlier in the season but now with our 1st choice defence back together we are leaking goals like the Titanic on its maiden voyage leaked water, at this rate another 6 games and we will sink without trace. Even a new manager on Monday will not rescue this sinking ship. Pathetic and shocking performance today! And once again he played Smalley, get real! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 22

6:51pm Sat 15 Mar 14

35 year fan says...

the only good thing is this forces lenigan to act. leaving an obviously lame duck manager in charge for the last three or four games has been disgraceful mismanagement of the club. you have to think as others have said that lenigan does not want promotion.
the only good thing is this forces lenigan to act. leaving an obviously lame duck manager in charge for the last three or four games has been disgraceful mismanagement of the club. you have to think as others have said that lenigan does not want promotion. 35 year fan
  • Score: 13

6:54pm Sat 15 Mar 14

London_Ox says...

Today was collective embarassment and utter disgrace..

IL has been far too inept and passive in making a new managerial appointment. Fortune favors the brave and I would rather he had made an appointment of somebody and we would have some kind of chance.. But with tracksuit coach ML we clearly have none.. As for ML, the team selection and the substitutions so overly late in the game.. Hopeless!

The players today, especially the more senior and established ones let themselves and the club down badly with such a key game... Where was the desire, resolve and commitment?!?! Useless and not fit to wear the shirt!
Today was collective embarassment and utter disgrace.. IL has been far too inept and passive in making a new managerial appointment. Fortune favors the brave and I would rather he had made an appointment of somebody and we would have some kind of chance.. But with tracksuit coach ML we clearly have none.. As for ML, the team selection and the substitutions so overly late in the game.. Hopeless! The players today, especially the more senior and established ones let themselves and the club down badly with such a key game... Where was the desire, resolve and commitment?!?! Useless and not fit to wear the shirt! London_Ox
  • Score: 22

7:07pm Sat 15 Mar 14

remberingthe80s says...

Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess remberingthe80s
  • Score: -8

7:45pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Ormond says...

remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
Moron.
[quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]Moron. Ormond
  • Score: 0

7:55pm Sat 15 Mar 14

remberingthe80s says...

Ormond wrote:
remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
Moron.
May be a moron but tell the truth it will be funny to see what you say when mr wilder puts Northampton in div 2 and we back in a conference
[quote][p][bold]Ormond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]Moron.[/p][/quote]May be a moron but tell the truth it will be funny to see what you say when mr wilder puts Northampton in div 2 and we back in a conference remberingthe80s
  • Score: -5

7:56pm Sat 15 Mar 14

remberingthe80s says...

remberingthe80s wrote:
Ormond wrote:
remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
Moron.
May be a moron but tell the truth it will be funny to see what you say when mr wilder puts Northampton in div 2 and we back in a conference
Div1 i mean
[quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ormond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]Moron.[/p][/quote]May be a moron but tell the truth it will be funny to see what you say when mr wilder puts Northampton in div 2 and we back in a conference[/p][/quote]Div1 i mean remberingthe80s
  • Score: -8

8:09pm Sat 15 Mar 14

dorsetyellows says...

remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
I agree with you're comment that the club needs to look at moving away from
The kassam . Until we do this the club will continue to struggle . Too much of
the clubs monies is draining into kassams bank account thus suffocating the clubs budget for quality players and support staff , we always seem to have to do things on the cheap and this is and has continued to hold the club back and failure to grow into a decent championship set up . From the recent oxford games I have been too , our best players don't even belong to the club, and this team haven't a hope in hell in a higher division .
[quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]I agree with you're comment that the club needs to look at moving away from The kassam . Until we do this the club will continue to struggle . Too much of the clubs monies is draining into kassams bank account thus suffocating the clubs budget for quality players and support staff , we always seem to have to do things on the cheap and this is and has continued to hold the club back and failure to grow into a decent championship set up . From the recent oxford games I have been too , our best players don't even belong to the club, and this team haven't a hope in hell in a higher division . dorsetyellows
  • Score: 16

8:20pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Eraser says...

Mickey is Oxford through and through but he is so out of his depth and unsupported. I'm hoping that the chants for a manager at today's game was not to oust ML but to encourage IL to get a move on and appoint someone who can handle the pressure. I do think that IL should allow a new manager to bring in his own back room staff because if nothing else the performances since CW left have deteriorated so far that the problems on the coaching front clearly extend beyond the post of manager.
Mickey is Oxford through and through but he is so out of his depth and unsupported. I'm hoping that the chants for a manager at today's game was not to oust ML but to encourage IL to get a move on and appoint someone who can handle the pressure. I do think that IL should allow a new manager to bring in his own back room staff because if nothing else the performances since CW left have deteriorated so far that the problems on the coaching front clearly extend beyond the post of manager. Eraser
  • Score: 15

8:43pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Dave17_59 says...

I have never commented before, but I feel it is time to say something, I have supported the club since the 70's. I do feel there are some unrealistic expectations on here. No chairman/manager would deliberately set out to throw away a promotion. We are hamstrung by the ground situation, but Lenagan is reducing our debt, we have a promising development squad and we still could remain in the play offs which we would have accepted at the start of the season given our budget. We have no midfield this year which has cost us, Whingy has been a big loss during his time on the sidelines, Meades has not had a chance to show us what he can do.
A section of our crowd have made up Wilder's mind for him, whilst not his biggest fan, I would prefer he was still with us.
Be very careful what you wish for, don't turn on the chairman, we need him, because we need to be on stable financial footing to go anywhere, and from what I can see, he is the man to achieve this.
It could be worse, ask Pompey fans.
I have never commented before, but I feel it is time to say something, I have supported the club since the 70's. I do feel there are some unrealistic expectations on here. No chairman/manager would deliberately set out to throw away a promotion. We are hamstrung by the ground situation, but Lenagan is reducing our debt, we have a promising development squad and we still could remain in the play offs which we would have accepted at the start of the season given our budget. We have no midfield this year which has cost us, Whingy has been a big loss during his time on the sidelines, Meades has not had a chance to show us what he can do. A section of our crowd have made up Wilder's mind for him, whilst not his biggest fan, I would prefer he was still with us. Be very careful what you wish for, don't turn on the chairman, we need him, because we need to be on stable financial footing to go anywhere, and from what I can see, he is the man to achieve this. It could be worse, ask Pompey fans. Dave17_59
  • Score: 29

8:44pm Sat 15 Mar 14

osney terrier says...

Now is the time for IL to appoint that new manager.
There's a chance the new manager could motivate the players and still get us a play off spot,even though we still occupy one,the free fall is all too evident,so nothing to lose,and it would give him a chance to sort the wheat from the chaff for next season.
Now is the time for IL to appoint that new manager. There's a chance the new manager could motivate the players and still get us a play off spot,even though we still occupy one,the free fall is all too evident,so nothing to lose,and it would give him a chance to sort the wheat from the chaff for next season. osney terrier
  • Score: 10

8:47pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Beau champ mummy says...

Mickey Lewis looks like he needs to focus on football instead of eating pies
Mickey Lewis looks like he needs to focus on football instead of eating pies Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -7

8:49pm Sat 15 Mar 14

william12 says...

You are missing the point, blame everyone bar the players. It is the players who have let the club down, clueless gutless excuse for football players .The majority cant even pass the ball to there own players.. This happens every year even the last year in the conference the team capitulated. The quality of players this club attracts are not good enough .How many games this season can you say they played well? The team have scraped through with results and now the other chasing teams are getting into gear we will slide to our rightful mid table position.
You are missing the point, blame everyone bar the players. It is the players who have let the club down, clueless gutless excuse for football players .The majority cant even pass the ball to there own players.. This happens every year even the last year in the conference the team capitulated. The quality of players this club attracts are not good enough .How many games this season can you say they played well? The team have scraped through with results and now the other chasing teams are getting into gear we will slide to our rightful mid table position. william12
  • Score: 9

8:50pm Sat 15 Mar 14

laughtoutloud says...

The fact is Oxford United are in a mess on and off the field - I can't even see how a new manager can make any difference, the truth is there is no ambition because ambition costs investment and this club does not have any. The present side would not be strong enough to survive if promoted this season - better players cost money which IL cannot and should not invest is own money in a sinking ship, Oxford United need to leave the 3 sided stadium which they will never own and put FK in the history book because he in reality is the problem the club are in this situation. If London Welsh are looking at Witney shouldn't Oxford United?
The fact is Oxford United are in a mess on and off the field - I can't even see how a new manager can make any difference, the truth is there is no ambition because ambition costs investment and this club does not have any. The present side would not be strong enough to survive if promoted this season - better players cost money which IL cannot and should not invest is own money in a sinking ship, Oxford United need to leave the 3 sided stadium which they will never own and put FK in the history book because he in reality is the problem the club are in this situation. If London Welsh are looking at Witney shouldn't Oxford United? laughtoutloud
  • Score: 4

8:56pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Dave17_59 says...

This is the first time I have commented on here, but feel we need to be careful what we wish for. I was not at the game today, but agree with previous comment ML is OUFC to the core. We have made up one manager's mind for him and although not CW's biggest fans, I would prefer he was still with us and not saving NTFC. IL is turning the finances around and we need to be aware of that, just look at Pompey paying wages for players they don't own!!
Given our budget, a play-off spot would be a par finish, we would all love to go up automatically, but those above us have spent money to get where they are.
Getting the right Manager, getting finances right would be key to staying in L1 when we get there.
We pay good money and have the right to criticise, but lets be realistic about it.
Optimistically looking forward to another day at Wembley!!!!
This is the first time I have commented on here, but feel we need to be careful what we wish for. I was not at the game today, but agree with previous comment ML is OUFC to the core. We have made up one manager's mind for him and although not CW's biggest fans, I would prefer he was still with us and not saving NTFC. IL is turning the finances around and we need to be aware of that, just look at Pompey paying wages for players they don't own!! Given our budget, a play-off spot would be a par finish, we would all love to go up automatically, but those above us have spent money to get where they are. Getting the right Manager, getting finances right would be key to staying in L1 when we get there. We pay good money and have the right to criticise, but lets be realistic about it. Optimistically looking forward to another day at Wembley!!!! Dave17_59
  • Score: 7

9:41pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Eraser says...

william12 wrote:
You are missing the point, blame everyone bar the players. It is the players who have let the club down, clueless gutless excuse for football players .The majority cant even pass the ball to there own players.. This happens every year even the last year in the conference the team capitulated. The quality of players this club attracts are not good enough .How many games this season can you say they played well? The team have scraped through with results and now the other chasing teams are getting into gear we will slide to our rightful mid table position.
You have hit the nail on the head! The players can't pass to each other. WHAT THE HELL DO THEY DO ON THE TRAINING GROUND year after year? They have a defensive minded coaching staff.
New manager has to be positive and be allowed to bring a like minded assistant.
How many strikers have come into the club, been good for a few weeks, then coaches beat that out of them, and they score nothing, then leave and score bucket loads for other clubs - usually against us...?
[quote][p][bold]william12[/bold] wrote: You are missing the point, blame everyone bar the players. It is the players who have let the club down, clueless gutless excuse for football players .The majority cant even pass the ball to there own players.. This happens every year even the last year in the conference the team capitulated. The quality of players this club attracts are not good enough .How many games this season can you say they played well? The team have scraped through with results and now the other chasing teams are getting into gear we will slide to our rightful mid table position.[/p][/quote]You have hit the nail on the head! The players can't pass to each other. WHAT THE HELL DO THEY DO ON THE TRAINING GROUND year after year? They have a defensive minded coaching staff. New manager has to be positive and be allowed to bring a like minded assistant. How many strikers have come into the club, been good for a few weeks, then coaches beat that out of them, and they score nothing, then leave and score bucket loads for other clubs - usually against us...? Eraser
  • Score: 7

9:49pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Nellyell says...

Yellnell

Today's game was marred by shocking defensive errors, a total lack of discipline and some unhelpful chants from a small minority of 'supporters.'
Positives:- the team were up for the game and were unlucky not to take the lead. Even at 2-0 down the players did not drop their heads (as they did at Rochdale) and, during a spell of pressure in the second half, should have scored when Williams was clean through.
Smalley led the line well. He challenges for the ball and holds the ball better than Beano, but the constant chant for 'Beano' surely did nothing for morale.
Raines and Newey will now be suspended and this should open the door for Long / Bevans / Lynn to be given extended runs. They are young, enthusiastic, have given a good account of themselves when called upon and deserve a chance.
ML did not lose the game today, Hunt, Newey and Raines did; three first choice players!!
Pull together.
Yellnell Today's game was marred by shocking defensive errors, a total lack of discipline and some unhelpful chants from a small minority of 'supporters.' Positives:- the team were up for the game and were unlucky not to take the lead. Even at 2-0 down the players did not drop their heads (as they did at Rochdale) and, during a spell of pressure in the second half, should have scored when Williams was clean through. Smalley led the line well. He challenges for the ball and holds the ball better than Beano, but the constant chant for 'Beano' surely did nothing for morale. Raines and Newey will now be suspended and this should open the door for Long / Bevans / Lynn to be given extended runs. They are young, enthusiastic, have given a good account of themselves when called upon and deserve a chance. ML did not lose the game today, Hunt, Newey and Raines did; three first choice players!! Pull together. Nellyell
  • Score: 3

9:55pm Sat 15 Mar 14

iallan says...

Letting the manager go at the midpoint of the season with the club near the top of the table was a big mistake, whether you liked Chris Wilder or not. The blame for that falls squarely on the Chairman. Live and learn they say. This club is headed for a mid-table finish and it did not have to be this way.
Letting the manager go at the midpoint of the season with the club near the top of the table was a big mistake, whether you liked Chris Wilder or not. The blame for that falls squarely on the Chairman. Live and learn they say. This club is headed for a mid-table finish and it did not have to be this way. iallan
  • Score: 8

10:06pm Sat 15 Mar 14

adlibber says...

Wilder is as much to blame for this farce as Lewis- Wilder's team and Wilder's lame excuses when his one dimensional plan was failing has been inherited by Lewis - Lewis is a Wilder clone with the same lack of ideas and stupid clichés. We have players that wouldn't cut it in the conference. Lenagan is now looking like he's not sure what it is he actually wants from this club. To keep Lewis in charge for this long when he is clearly out of his depth is suicidal. This is become yet another disastrous season and there seems to be no one that wants to grab the club by the throat and move it on. Lewis should be relieved of his duties tonight. As for Constable he's got a cheek looking for a new contract when he can't offer much on the pitch.
Wilder is as much to blame for this farce as Lewis- Wilder's team and Wilder's lame excuses when his one dimensional plan was failing has been inherited by Lewis - Lewis is a Wilder clone with the same lack of ideas and stupid clichés. We have players that wouldn't cut it in the conference. Lenagan is now looking like he's not sure what it is he actually wants from this club. To keep Lewis in charge for this long when he is clearly out of his depth is suicidal. This is become yet another disastrous season and there seems to be no one that wants to grab the club by the throat and move it on. Lewis should be relieved of his duties tonight. As for Constable he's got a cheek looking for a new contract when he can't offer much on the pitch. adlibber
  • Score: -4

10:06pm Sat 15 Mar 14

adlibber says...

remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
you are a clown
[quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]you are a clown adlibber
  • Score: 7

11:52pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Headington Jim says...

adlibber wrote:
remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
you are a clown
But his comments are valid. OUFC owned the Manor outright. Now the club only own's it's name. We rent from FK with him still taking most of the other stadium income after gate receipts. CW got into the playoffs and kept us there. Now the best we can hope for is mid table.
The stadium issue is not the priority now but is still relevant and important.
[quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]you are a clown[/p][/quote]But his comments are valid. OUFC owned the Manor outright. Now the club only own's it's name. We rent from FK with him still taking most of the other stadium income after gate receipts. CW got into the playoffs and kept us there. Now the best we can hope for is mid table. The stadium issue is not the priority now but is still relevant and important. Headington Jim
  • Score: 9

2:21am Sun 16 Mar 14

hawkeye1 says...

Reading a lot of the comments it would seem quite a few peolpe are of the
same mind set, it is as if IL said to ML. look Micky, we are pretty safe for this season, I cannot afford the cost of going up so just send out a team, play as many players as you can out of position, leave the pssible goal scorers sitting on the bench, and we will see what next year brings, but I think next year if as it seems we will still be in this division, then the gates again will drop and we will be lucky to get 4000 through the turnstile, so any money that IL is trying to save by not bringing in a new manager will be lost through falling attendance, Oxford fans must be the most patient fans
in the country, but I have a feeling that this year might just be the straw that breaks the camels back, and they will be saying enough is enough.
Reading a lot of the comments it would seem quite a few peolpe are of the same mind set, it is as if IL said to ML. look Micky, we are pretty safe for this season, I cannot afford the cost of going up so just send out a team, play as many players as you can out of position, leave the pssible goal scorers sitting on the bench, and we will see what next year brings, but I think next year if as it seems we will still be in this division, then the gates again will drop and we will be lucky to get 4000 through the turnstile, so any money that IL is trying to save by not bringing in a new manager will be lost through falling attendance, Oxford fans must be the most patient fans in the country, but I have a feeling that this year might just be the straw that breaks the camels back, and they will be saying enough is enough. hawkeye1
  • Score: 15

8:15am Sun 16 Mar 14

dovepe says...

Not looking good.Smalley in Constable on the bench.beyond Me ML.negative again.must win next game or season over.
Not looking good.Smalley in Constable on the bench.beyond Me ML.negative again.must win next game or season over. dovepe
  • Score: 6

8:16am Sun 16 Mar 14

Bumble08 says...

I think we need to lay off the Ian, he clearly is waiting till after the World Cup to appoint someone who's managing there, Van Gal, scolari or even hodgson. On a serious not please wake up and do something, we are falling out of even the play off places. Where we not 3rd when wilder left us? Please try and Save Our Season. Ian you are starting to lose the fans, once loved it doesn't take long for them to turn. Do yourself and the fans a favour and appoint your man now!!
I think we need to lay off the Ian, he clearly is waiting till after the World Cup to appoint someone who's managing there, Van Gal, scolari or even hodgson. On a serious not please wake up and do something, we are falling out of even the play off places. Where we not 3rd when wilder left us? Please try and Save Our Season. Ian you are starting to lose the fans, once loved it doesn't take long for them to turn. Do yourself and the fans a favour and appoint your man now!! Bumble08
  • Score: -4

9:25am Sun 16 Mar 14

Joe1 says...

The running of the club from top to bottom is a shambles. The Chairman does want to spend on players or a Manager. The only GOOD segment is the GREAT fans. Such a shame for them.

It is a disgrace.
The running of the club from top to bottom is a shambles. The Chairman does want to spend on players or a Manager. The only GOOD segment is the GREAT fans. Such a shame for them. It is a disgrace. Joe1
  • Score: 10

9:25am Sun 16 Mar 14

stayingafloat says...

Dave17_59 wrote:
This is the first time I have commented on here, but feel we need to be careful what we wish for. I was not at the game today, but agree with previous comment ML is OUFC to the core. We have made up one manager's mind for him and although not CW's biggest fans, I would prefer he was still with us and not saving NTFC. IL is turning the finances around and we need to be aware of that, just look at Pompey paying wages for players they don't own!!
Given our budget, a play-off spot would be a par finish, we would all love to go up automatically, but those above us have spent money to get where they are.
Getting the right Manager, getting finances right would be key to staying in L1 when we get there.
We pay good money and have the right to criticise, but lets be realistic about it.
Optimistically looking forward to another day at Wembley!!!!
I totally agree with you. We desperately need a proper striker as well, with one we could probably reach the play-off finals.
[quote][p][bold]Dave17_59[/bold] wrote: This is the first time I have commented on here, but feel we need to be careful what we wish for. I was not at the game today, but agree with previous comment ML is OUFC to the core. We have made up one manager's mind for him and although not CW's biggest fans, I would prefer he was still with us and not saving NTFC. IL is turning the finances around and we need to be aware of that, just look at Pompey paying wages for players they don't own!! Given our budget, a play-off spot would be a par finish, we would all love to go up automatically, but those above us have spent money to get where they are. Getting the right Manager, getting finances right would be key to staying in L1 when we get there. We pay good money and have the right to criticise, but lets be realistic about it. Optimistically looking forward to another day at Wembley!!!![/p][/quote]I totally agree with you. We desperately need a proper striker as well, with one we could probably reach the play-off finals. stayingafloat
  • Score: 3

9:30am Sun 16 Mar 14

smgpa03 says...

These are worrying and painful times for all us supporters but IMO we have to keep our heads and look at the issues. It is bloody hard, but there are a few positives to cling on to.
I wasn't Chis Wilder's biggest fan but events have shown that his deaparture (when it happened) was a mistake. We were not convincing but we were in an automatic spot and unbeaten way from home. He took over a club and players who were adrift at the bottom of the league and Lewis took over the CW players at the top of the league. Since then, Wilder has picked up more points (with a poorer team) than Lewis. Like or loathe him, I am sure that if CW had remained in charge, we would have got more points than Lewis has.
My thinking is that this shows Lewis just isn't up to it and letting CW go (then) was a mistake by Lenegan. This is compounded by the clear fact that he didn't have a plan to implement.
So, mistakes all round leaving us fans suffering. Let's try and see a bright(er) side.
I want Lenegan to stay - he has a proven track record in (very) successful financial management of business and sports organisations. He will ensure that our club is sustainable and never has to face what it has in the past. All that means that he will a) learn and b) be determined to turn it around. Such people have big egos as well - he will not want to fail.
And, whilst they clearly have little or no respect for Mickey, we have the same players that took us to the top of the league. To do that, you have to be good enough - and players that are good don't just become bad. They are short of the right coach and motivation - not skill and ability.
So, all of this gets solved by the (right) new Manager. We seem to be taking our time to make that happen, which if we put our emotions to one side, is the right thing to do. The only managers that are available at short or no notice will be those that have failed somewhere. Do we want failures ?
Which I'm afraid leaves us with the gamble of ML in charge.
These are worrying and painful times for all us supporters but IMO we have to keep our heads and look at the issues. It is bloody hard, but there are a few positives to cling on to. I wasn't Chis Wilder's biggest fan but events have shown that his deaparture (when it happened) was a mistake. We were not convincing but we were in an automatic spot and unbeaten way from home. He took over a club and players who were adrift at the bottom of the league and Lewis took over the CW players at the top of the league. Since then, Wilder has picked up more points (with a poorer team) than Lewis. Like or loathe him, I am sure that if CW had remained in charge, we would have got more points than Lewis has. My thinking is that this shows Lewis just isn't up to it and letting CW go (then) was a mistake by Lenegan. This is compounded by the clear fact that he didn't have a plan to implement. So, mistakes all round leaving us fans suffering. Let's try and see a bright(er) side. I want Lenegan to stay - he has a proven track record in (very) successful financial management of business and sports organisations. He will ensure that our club is sustainable and never has to face what it has in the past. All that means that he will a) learn and b) be determined to turn it around. Such people have big egos as well - he will not want to fail. And, whilst they clearly have little or no respect for Mickey, we have the same players that took us to the top of the league. To do that, you have to be good enough - and players that are good don't just become bad. They are short of the right coach and motivation - not skill and ability. So, all of this gets solved by the (right) new Manager. We seem to be taking our time to make that happen, which if we put our emotions to one side, is the right thing to do. The only managers that are available at short or no notice will be those that have failed somewhere. Do we want failures ? Which I'm afraid leaves us with the gamble of ML in charge. smgpa03
  • Score: 0

9:40am Sun 16 Mar 14

bigchet says...

was not at game and feel really sorry for those fans that travelled as it sounded terrible on the radio.. once again we were let down by shabby defending and a stupid penalty on top of that our total lack of discipline led to the two sendings off. the next two games are vital as if we lose them then we need to look at the managerial position with regard to building for next season.
was not at game and feel really sorry for those fans that travelled as it sounded terrible on the radio.. once again we were let down by shabby defending and a stupid penalty on top of that our total lack of discipline led to the two sendings off. the next two games are vital as if we lose them then we need to look at the managerial position with regard to building for next season. bigchet
  • Score: 1

9:54am Sun 16 Mar 14

FrenchOx says...

Its more important for IL to get the "right manager for the next few years" than anything else.....why?... so we have a manager who can get us up the leagues? We had every chance this year to win it, all we needed was some SMALL money spent, either to keep loanees who had to leave as we couldnt pay the extra few quid for their wages, and to bring (more) people in when needed. We are left with a disjointed team full of half fit people (who havent played together for months) returning and whilst every other team in the league has made decent loan signings recently we have sat or on our arses and done nothing, and paid for it. If we make the playoffs now it will be a miracle, and do we really think we can go up when everyone else is firing? For the sake of OUFC Lewis should have stepped down already, and IL should stick with rugby.... will probably be someone like Clive Woodward hes lining up anyway! Fans have been cheated - all year we have been asking people to support the team and pay at the turnstiles, and theres no financial commitment to follow up on the good results in the first half to keep us in with a chance of winning it. Disgusted. Look at our 2 best performances this year - Pompey away and Mansfield at home - What was the theme? Very aggressive formation and 5 in the forward line ..... but we havent played it since. The team selection of ML defy belief, yesterday leaving Connolly and Beano on the bench and taking a forward off yesterday when 2-0 down. We were always going to leak a goal against the leaders and werent then set up to get back into it. He should have changed things after 15 minutes!!!. Better still, try to STOP Chesterfield from playing by attacking them. This is the worst mismanagement since Maxwell. Imagine if we did somehow sneak up..... what sort of money is available for players? We would probably end up playing half the womens team while IL still talks about how important his manager is!
Its more important for IL to get the "right manager for the next few years" than anything else.....why?... so we have a manager who can get us up the leagues? We had every chance this year to win it, all we needed was some SMALL money spent, either to keep loanees who had to leave as we couldnt pay the extra few quid for their wages, and to bring (more) people in when needed. We are left with a disjointed team full of half fit people (who havent played together for months) returning and whilst every other team in the league has made decent loan signings recently we have sat or on our arses and done nothing, and paid for it. If we make the playoffs now it will be a miracle, and do we really think we can go up when everyone else is firing? For the sake of OUFC Lewis should have stepped down already, and IL should stick with rugby.... will probably be someone like Clive Woodward hes lining up anyway! Fans have been cheated - all year we have been asking people to support the team and pay at the turnstiles, and theres no financial commitment to follow up on the good results in the first half to keep us in with a chance of winning it. Disgusted. Look at our 2 best performances this year - Pompey away and Mansfield at home - What was the theme? Very aggressive formation and 5 in the forward line ..... but we havent played it since. The team selection of ML defy belief, yesterday leaving Connolly and Beano on the bench and taking a forward off yesterday when 2-0 down. We were always going to leak a goal against the leaders and werent then set up to get back into it. He should have changed things after 15 minutes!!!. Better still, try to STOP Chesterfield from playing by attacking them. This is the worst mismanagement since Maxwell. Imagine if we did somehow sneak up..... what sort of money is available for players? We would probably end up playing half the womens team while IL still talks about how important his manager is! FrenchOx
  • Score: 5

10:21am Sun 16 Mar 14

adlibber says...

Headington Jim wrote:
adlibber wrote:
remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
you are a clown
But his comments are valid. OUFC owned the Manor outright. Now the club only own's it's name. We rent from FK with him still taking most of the other stadium income after gate receipts. CW got into the playoffs and kept us there. Now the best we can hope for is mid table.
The stadium issue is not the priority now but is still relevant and important.
Disagree it's a rant from a pro Wilder fan who somehow thinks the mediocre performances under Wilder before he left the club was promotion winning form. Short memories. Wilder had run out of ideas Lewis came in with none. Wilder left in search of security he left behind a club playing tedious football that Lewis has continued with. I'd argue we'd be in the same position we are in now if Wilder had stayed. This team is Wilder's and his signings are performing abysmally. Lewis way out of his depth. Regards the Stadium this is not relevant to the the state of the team and the poster keeps banging on about Wilder being hounded out when Wilder volunteered to leave. The poster is offering nonsensical observations like 'Wilder got us into play off position and kept us there' what does that mean? Wilder also had us at the top of the table before we plummeted into play offs so presumably that means someone else was to blame for this? Wilder's legacy is a squad of duds including Lewis and Melville.
[quote][p][bold]Headington Jim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]you are a clown[/p][/quote]But his comments are valid. OUFC owned the Manor outright. Now the club only own's it's name. We rent from FK with him still taking most of the other stadium income after gate receipts. CW got into the playoffs and kept us there. Now the best we can hope for is mid table. The stadium issue is not the priority now but is still relevant and important.[/p][/quote]Disagree it's a rant from a pro Wilder fan who somehow thinks the mediocre performances under Wilder before he left the club was promotion winning form. Short memories. Wilder had run out of ideas Lewis came in with none. Wilder left in search of security he left behind a club playing tedious football that Lewis has continued with. I'd argue we'd be in the same position we are in now if Wilder had stayed. This team is Wilder's and his signings are performing abysmally. Lewis way out of his depth. Regards the Stadium this is not relevant to the the state of the team and the poster keeps banging on about Wilder being hounded out when Wilder volunteered to leave. The poster is offering nonsensical observations like 'Wilder got us into play off position and kept us there' what does that mean? Wilder also had us at the top of the table before we plummeted into play offs so presumably that means someone else was to blame for this? Wilder's legacy is a squad of duds including Lewis and Melville. adlibber
  • Score: 1

10:55am Sun 16 Mar 14

FrenchOx says...

Found this from July 12..... 150k down the swanny? Could have been spent on players.

Lenagan revealed he has already spent £150,000 on improving the fitness and sport science department after the injury problems that plagued them last season. He also says U's manager Chris Wilder has been working closely with Wigan's sports science department to improve the fitness of Oxford's players. "Kelvin, myself and Chris decided at the end of the season that we needed to be fitter and be better at injury prevention. "We need to stop being so dependent on loan players and start developing our own academy system. "Chris Wilder is now being led by Mark Bitcon, who is the director of sports science at Wigan and England. We believe we can improve fitness prevention by as much as 20%. "We want to become excellent and that is the difference between getting promoted and not being promoted."

Good "fit" players get you promoted Mr Chairman, not swanky facilities - misplaced cash?
Found this from July 12..... 150k down the swanny? Could have been spent on players. Lenagan revealed he has already spent £150,000 on improving the fitness and sport science department after the injury problems that plagued them last season. He also says U's manager Chris Wilder has been working closely with Wigan's sports science department to improve the fitness of Oxford's players. "Kelvin, myself and Chris decided at the end of the season that we needed to be fitter and be better at injury prevention. "We need to stop being so dependent on loan players and start developing our own academy system. "Chris Wilder is now being led by Mark Bitcon, who is the director of sports science at Wigan and England. We believe we can improve fitness prevention by as much as 20%. "We want to become excellent and that is the difference between getting promoted and not being promoted." Good "fit" players get you promoted Mr Chairman, not swanky facilities - misplaced cash? FrenchOx
  • Score: 3

1:05pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Richard Wickson says...

dorsetyellows wrote:
remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
I agree with you're comment that the club needs to look at moving away from
The kassam . Until we do this the club will continue to struggle . Too much of
the clubs monies is draining into kassams bank account thus suffocating the clubs budget for quality players and support staff , we always seem to have to do things on the cheap and this is and has continued to hold the club back and failure to grow into a decent championship set up . From the recent oxford games I have been too , our best players don't even belong to the club, and this team haven't a hope in hell in a higher division .
Hear hear, succinctly concisely and beautifully put. I agree totally on all your points, Firobber Kassam is bleeding the club and too few of our players are now doing what they are payed for and we won't improve whilst things have to be on on the cheap so the club can pay Kassams huge demands. Time for a move even if it's a dreaded ground share in the short term.
[quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]I agree with you're comment that the club needs to look at moving away from The kassam . Until we do this the club will continue to struggle . Too much of the clubs monies is draining into kassams bank account thus suffocating the clubs budget for quality players and support staff , we always seem to have to do things on the cheap and this is and has continued to hold the club back and failure to grow into a decent championship set up . From the recent oxford games I have been too , our best players don't even belong to the club, and this team haven't a hope in hell in a higher division .[/p][/quote]Hear hear, succinctly concisely and beautifully put. I agree totally on all your points, Firobber Kassam is bleeding the club and too few of our players are now doing what they are payed for and we won't improve whilst things have to be on on the cheap so the club can pay Kassams huge demands. Time for a move even if it's a dreaded ground share in the short term. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 5

1:07pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Richard Wickson says...

Eraser wrote:
Mickey is Oxford through and through but he is so out of his depth and unsupported. I'm hoping that the chants for a manager at today's game was not to oust ML but to encourage IL to get a move on and appoint someone who can handle the pressure. I do think that IL should allow a new manager to bring in his own back room staff because if nothing else the performances since CW left have deteriorated so far that the problems on the coaching front clearly extend beyond the post of manager.
Wonderfully put, spot on! Mad Dog is OU to his core but is not the man for the job and any new Manager must be allowed to choose his own staff.
[quote][p][bold]Eraser[/bold] wrote: Mickey is Oxford through and through but he is so out of his depth and unsupported. I'm hoping that the chants for a manager at today's game was not to oust ML but to encourage IL to get a move on and appoint someone who can handle the pressure. I do think that IL should allow a new manager to bring in his own back room staff because if nothing else the performances since CW left have deteriorated so far that the problems on the coaching front clearly extend beyond the post of manager.[/p][/quote]Wonderfully put, spot on! Mad Dog is OU to his core but is not the man for the job and any new Manager must be allowed to choose his own staff. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Sun 16 Mar 14

rsrpyellow says...

I was at the game and left just before the end. Whilst Ox did have a bright patch in 2nd half, we were overall 2nd best all over the park. I fear that confidence has ebbed dramatically and our tactical nous has been ditched. We do not look cohesive and are making poor errors. Selection is starting to mystify me.

At this stage I fear Ox will either drop out of the play-offs, or stumble in and get knocked out by a form team. Some sort of interim appointment is needed urgently. In my opinion, the club have nothing to lose by taking this course.
I was at the game and left just before the end. Whilst Ox did have a bright patch in 2nd half, we were overall 2nd best all over the park. I fear that confidence has ebbed dramatically and our tactical nous has been ditched. We do not look cohesive and are making poor errors. Selection is starting to mystify me. At this stage I fear Ox will either drop out of the play-offs, or stumble in and get knocked out by a form team. Some sort of interim appointment is needed urgently. In my opinion, the club have nothing to lose by taking this course. rsrpyellow
  • Score: 3

4:53pm Sun 16 Mar 14

remberingthe80s says...

adlibber wrote:
remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
you are a clown
Wait and see my friend wait and see the prove is what will happen may be I wrong, if I am I be happy as the team I supported foy 50 years will be flying. Be if I am not I bet you will walk await and say o well never mind still have man u or some other premier league team
[quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]you are a clown[/p][/quote]Wait and see my friend wait and see the prove is what will happen may be I wrong, if I am I be happy as the team I supported foy 50 years will be flying. Be if I am not I bet you will walk await and say o well never mind still have man u or some other premier league team remberingthe80s
  • Score: -3

4:58pm Sun 16 Mar 14

remberingthe80s says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
dorsetyellows wrote:
remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
I agree with you're comment that the club needs to look at moving away from
The kassam . Until we do this the club will continue to struggle . Too much of
the clubs monies is draining into kassams bank account thus suffocating the clubs budget for quality players and support staff , we always seem to have to do things on the cheap and this is and has continued to hold the club back and failure to grow into a decent championship set up . From the recent oxford games I have been too , our best players don't even belong to the club, and this team haven't a hope in hell in a higher division .
Hear hear, succinctly concisely and beautifully put. I agree totally on all your points, Firobber Kassam is bleeding the club and too few of our players are now doing what they are payed for and we won't improve whilst things have to be on on the cheap so the club can pay Kassams huge demands. Time for a move even if it's a dreaded ground share in the short term.
Some people on here dont want it and to be honest it will never happen the reason MONEY. Also some people on herewho call them self's supporters
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]I agree with you're comment that the club needs to look at moving away from The kassam . Until we do this the club will continue to struggle . Too much of the clubs monies is draining into kassams bank account thus suffocating the clubs budget for quality players and support staff , we always seem to have to do things on the cheap and this is and has continued to hold the club back and failure to grow into a decent championship set up . From the recent oxford games I have been too , our best players don't even belong to the club, and this team haven't a hope in hell in a higher division .[/p][/quote]Hear hear, succinctly concisely and beautifully put. I agree totally on all your points, Firobber Kassam is bleeding the club and too few of our players are now doing what they are payed for and we won't improve whilst things have to be on on the cheap so the club can pay Kassams huge demands. Time for a move even if it's a dreaded ground share in the short term.[/p][/quote]Some people on here dont want it and to be honest it will never happen the reason MONEY. Also some people on herewho call them self's supporters remberingthe80s
  • Score: -5

6:20pm Sun 16 Mar 14

learned says...

Awful - embarrassing are just 2 words to use about yesterday.
Apart from Williams who seemed a bright spark, everyone else was dreadful.
Newey fully deserved his straight red- a horrible challenge and what was Smalley doing with his blatant push leading to the penalty ??

Lewis's team selections are mystifying - why start with Smalley yet again when he's so poor.
And why make substitutions so late - 20 minutes to go !! He should have been brave and made changes at half time when we were 2 down.
I was in a Chestefield pub after the game and overheard several of their supporters saying we we really poor. That was so embarrassing.

I also fear that Lenegan has no intention of appointing a proper manager soon.
Lewis is not up to it.
Awful - embarrassing are just 2 words to use about yesterday. Apart from Williams who seemed a bright spark, everyone else was dreadful. Newey fully deserved his straight red- a horrible challenge and what was Smalley doing with his blatant push leading to the penalty ?? Lewis's team selections are mystifying - why start with Smalley yet again when he's so poor. And why make substitutions so late - 20 minutes to go !! He should have been brave and made changes at half time when we were 2 down. I was in a Chestefield pub after the game and overheard several of their supporters saying we we really poor. That was so embarrassing. I also fear that Lenegan has no intention of appointing a proper manager soon. Lewis is not up to it. learned
  • Score: 6

6:51pm Sun 16 Mar 14

william12 says...

Onwards an upwards.. Wing centre half Friday. Drop potter/Williams he has turned into a one run poney after a promising start. Play another midfielder to get stuck in, they should all be playing for there places now after the last embarrassing few weeks. We will either win or Harewood will be having a field day 4 maybe 5 nil loss.
Onwards an upwards.. Wing centre half Friday. Drop potter/Williams he has turned into a one run poney after a promising start. Play another midfielder to get stuck in, they should all be playing for there places now after the last embarrassing few weeks. We will either win or Harewood will be having a field day 4 maybe 5 nil loss. william12
  • Score: -2

7:42pm Sun 16 Mar 14

learned says...

Don't agree with William 12 above !
Williams is the only bright spark in the last couple of games and goal threat as well. He was the only one who had a good game yesterday.
Potter however hasn't been playing well.
Don't agree with William 12 above ! Williams is the only bright spark in the last couple of games and goal threat as well. He was the only one who had a good game yesterday. Potter however hasn't been playing well. learned
  • Score: 0

8:22pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Davos P says...

I hate to say it but Lenegan has lurched from one bad decision to the next. It's not too late to appoint a Manager. These players will play for their shirts when they know who the long term Manager is. Form is about confidence so let's inject them with some. Still enough time to make amends Lenegan. Pull your finger out.
I hate to say it but Lenegan has lurched from one bad decision to the next. It's not too late to appoint a Manager. These players will play for their shirts when they know who the long term Manager is. Form is about confidence so let's inject them with some. Still enough time to make amends Lenegan. Pull your finger out. Davos P
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7:35am Mon 17 Mar 14

marathon2012 says...

With Mr Wilder gone and no new manager.
was there back room unrest,did he leave due to the lack of unavailable money to buy players,was he fed up not being able to push for promotion,was there match fixing so the club would gain by not getting promotion.does Lenegan know what he is doing.wait for the next exciting episode of the Lenegan files.
With Mr Wilder gone and no new manager. was there back room unrest,did he leave due to the lack of unavailable money to buy players,was he fed up not being able to push for promotion,was there match fixing so the club would gain by not getting promotion.does Lenegan know what he is doing.wait for the next exciting episode of the Lenegan files. marathon2012
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8:04am Mon 17 Mar 14

william12 says...

learned wrote:
Don't agree with William 12 above ! Williams is the only bright spark in the last couple of games and goal threat as well. He was the only one who had a good game yesterday. Potter however hasn't been playing well.
Bright spark compared to the rest of the players doent say a lot does it.
[quote][p][bold]learned[/bold] wrote: Don't agree with William 12 above ! Williams is the only bright spark in the last couple of games and goal threat as well. He was the only one who had a good game yesterday. Potter however hasn't been playing well.[/p][/quote]Bright spark compared to the rest of the players doent say a lot does it. william12
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12:17pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Manor Born says...

Headington Jim wrote:
adlibber wrote:
remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
you are a clown
But his comments are valid. OUFC owned the Manor outright. Now the club only own's it's name. We rent from FK with him still taking most of the other stadium income after gate receipts. CW got into the playoffs and kept us there. Now the best we can hope for is mid table.
The stadium issue is not the priority now but is still relevant and important.
OUFC only owned the Manor in name. Fact is the Manor was mortgaged to the hilt and the ground was effectively the property of the banks. Kassam then sold the Manor to himself by clearing said debt, before flogging it on for a cool £6 million profit (for himself and not the club) a few days later.
[quote][p][bold]Headington Jim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]you are a clown[/p][/quote]But his comments are valid. OUFC owned the Manor outright. Now the club only own's it's name. We rent from FK with him still taking most of the other stadium income after gate receipts. CW got into the playoffs and kept us there. Now the best we can hope for is mid table. The stadium issue is not the priority now but is still relevant and important.[/p][/quote]OUFC only owned the Manor in name. Fact is the Manor was mortgaged to the hilt and the ground was effectively the property of the banks. Kassam then sold the Manor to himself by clearing said debt, before flogging it on for a cool £6 million profit (for himself and not the club) a few days later. Manor Born
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4:47pm Wed 19 Mar 14

remberingthe80s says...

remberingthe80s wrote:
adlibber wrote:
remberingthe80s wrote:
Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own.
sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess
you are a clown
Wait and see my friend wait and see the prove is what will happen may be I wrong, if I am I be happy as the team I supported foy 50 years will be flying. Be if I am not I bet you will walk await and say o well never mind still have man u or some other premier league team
See who the clown at the end of season
I think so how you be the mupet with egg on your face
[quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately you lot can blame yourselfs you hound out the manager now lanagan you will now be happy untill we a broke in a non league football with a ground we dont own. sorry we need to go back find a ground share build the club again without all the mess[/p][/quote]you are a clown[/p][/quote]Wait and see my friend wait and see the prove is what will happen may be I wrong, if I am I be happy as the team I supported foy 50 years will be flying. Be if I am not I bet you will walk await and say o well never mind still have man u or some other premier league team[/p][/quote]See who the clown at the end of season I think so how you be the mupet with egg on your face remberingthe80s
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