Oxford United to name new manager this weekend

Ian Lenagan

Ian Lenagan

First published in U's News Banbury Cake: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

IAN Lenagan expects Oxford United to unveil a new manager this weekend after their chosen candidate verbally accepted the post this afternoon.

If all the formalities are completed as expected then they will take over in time for Monday's trip to Southend United.

Lenagan, United's chairman, said: "We offered the position of manager at Oxford United to the final candidate earlier this afternoon and he's accepted verbally.

"We expect the final contract, which has been sent, to be signed tomorrow.

"If that is the case - it could drift into Sunday but we'd rather it didn't - then the manager will take over and be in charge for the game on Monday.

It is almost eight weeks since United began their search for a manager after Chris Wilder left.

Mickey Lewis was put in caretaker charge and will lead the side for a 12th game at home to Hartlepool United tonight.

He declined to be involved in the final interview process, but will remain at the club.

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8:02pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Richard Wickson says...

I just hope it's not Paul Tisdale, the club have taken painfully long to appoint a successor to Wilder and the time without a proper manager has obviously had a detrimental effect on results and our league position. Sadly the new man will be handicapped by having to keep Lewis and Melville, I do think Lewis is OU to his core but is not the man to either manage the club or continue as coach under a new man, neither is Melville. I do hope both go at the end of the season and allow the new man to bring in his own team, if not before!
I just hope it's not Paul Tisdale, the club have taken painfully long to appoint a successor to Wilder and the time without a proper manager has obviously had a detrimental effect on results and our league position. Sadly the new man will be handicapped by having to keep Lewis and Melville, I do think Lewis is OU to his core but is not the man to either manage the club or continue as coach under a new man, neither is Melville. I do hope both go at the end of the season and allow the new man to bring in his own team, if not before! Richard Wickson
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8:16pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Taff Ewe says...

I cannot see how the new man is attached to a club as the deal will be wrapped up this weekend after only just verbally agreeing.

There must be many good managers out of work, why pay compo to someone?

Who is at the ground any candidates?
I cannot see how the new man is attached to a club as the deal will be wrapped up this weekend after only just verbally agreeing. There must be many good managers out of work, why pay compo to someone? Who is at the ground any candidates? Taff Ewe
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5:42am Sat 22 Mar 14

Davos P says...

I don't know who was at the ground but it appears it'll be Gary Waddock. Proven record as a League 2 Manager but failed in League One and has been out of the game a while. I was hoping for Sean O Driscoll.
I don't know who was at the ground but it appears it'll be Gary Waddock. Proven record as a League 2 Manager but failed in League One and has been out of the game a while. I was hoping for Sean O Driscoll. Davos P
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