Lenegan backing Oxford United's under-fire manager

Banbury Cake: Ian Lenegan (left) and Chris Wilder in discussion Ian Lenegan (left) and Chris Wilder in discussion

Ian Lenagan claims he has not considered Chris Wilder’s position as Oxford United manager once during the club’s dreadful run of form.

The U’s chairman and owner robustly defended Wilder’s role, despite a six-game losing streak in npower League Two.

It has seen the club tumble to 17th in the tableason.

It is the sort of run which would prompt chairmen across the Football League to make a change.

But Lenagan is determined to avoid making any hasty decisions and insists it has not crossed his mind so far.

“No, not yet,” he said.

“Chris is devastated by the run of six losses. “You can see that will obviously have strain on him but he’s a strong character and an experienced manager, thank God.

“He can get through this, provided we support him.”

Key to the chairman and owner’s stance is a significant injury problem which has affected the squad since the end of last season.

Given the context, Lenagan made it clear this was not the time to draw conclusions.

He said: “I am strongly of the opinion that one judges a manager when he has had his squad on the field – and not before.

“With the injured players returning at a reasonable rate and most of them scheduled back and fit by November, it will not be long before such a judgement can start to be made.

“To make that judgement now, in my experienced opinion, would be both wrong and unfair and I will not do that – even if some are insistent we do so.”

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9:28am Tue 2 Oct 12

AylesburyOx says...

I accept that my judgement on Wilder and the players does come across as scathing and disloyal but that's only because my loyalty lies with Oxford United Football Club and not those who are currently in charge or on the pitch.
I've seen good times and bad but right now we are club with a huge amount of potential which is being stifled by one mans ego and his inability to accept culpability for his mistakes.

The reason other clubs laugh at us is because we talk a good game and 'over egg' our achievements but what I'd rather us do is get our heads down and put in the hard graft that use to terrorise teams in the 80s.

There's no shame in defeat if everyone tries hard but when we lose without effort and just roll over without character, that's when fans like myself start to walk away.

Show us what you can do, put your money where your mouth is and win big; the losing has to stop today.
I accept that my judgement on Wilder and the players does come across as scathing and disloyal but that's only because my loyalty lies with Oxford United Football Club and not those who are currently in charge or on the pitch. I've seen good times and bad but right now we are club with a huge amount of potential which is being stifled by one mans ego and his inability to accept culpability for his mistakes. The reason other clubs laugh at us is because we talk a good game and 'over egg' our achievements but what I'd rather us do is get our heads down and put in the hard graft that use to terrorise teams in the 80s. There's no shame in defeat if everyone tries hard but when we lose without effort and just roll over without character, that's when fans like myself start to walk away. Show us what you can do, put your money where your mouth is and win big; the losing has to stop today. AylesburyOx

12:36pm Tue 2 Oct 12

BigOx22 says...

AylesburyOx, I agree with some of your comments but don't you think the club needs its fans to go a support the club/team to make this an even greater club then it already is. Every club has bad times. Look at Man City, once of the lower divisions and now prem champions (much to my disgust) But I am sure they fans stuck by them in the lower leagues like we have too. I have never seen a really successful Oxford United team as I am only 22. But if the fans leave then what hope have we got? Lets get behind the lads tonight and get 3 much needed points!

COYY
AylesburyOx, I agree with some of your comments but don't you think the club needs its fans to go a support the club/team to make this an even greater club then it already is. Every club has bad times. Look at Man City, once of the lower divisions and now prem champions (much to my disgust) But I am sure they fans stuck by them in the lower leagues like we have too. I have never seen a really successful Oxford United team as I am only 22. But if the fans leave then what hope have we got? Lets get behind the lads tonight and get 3 much needed points! COYY BigOx22

9:57pm Tue 2 Oct 12

oldun says...

We must get promotion at the end of this season. So many years since we played in the third tier
We must get promotion at the end of this season. So many years since we played in the third tier oldun

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