Oxford United accept Wilder's resignation

Chris Wilder has resigned as Oxford United manager

Chris Wilder has resigned as Oxford United manager

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OXFORD United have accepted Chris Wilder's resignation and agreed a compensation package which will allow him to take up a new role at another Sky Bet League Two club.

Northampton Town are expected to confirm Wilder as their new manager shortly.

The move this evening ends a confusing 24 hours for United.

After yesterday's 1-0 win over Torquay United, chairman Ian Lenagan said he understood the U's boss had resigned, only for Wilder to release a statement three hours later rejecting the claim.

The pair were in contact today and reached an agreement which paved the way for the 46-year-old to make the move to Sixfields.

Lenagan said: "First and foremost we thank Chris for five years of service at Oxford United.

"He has worked very hard and helped move the club from the Conference to becoming an established League 2 side.

"We are grateful for his efforts on behalf of Oxford but disappointed that he chose not to continue to the end of this season’s journey.  

“Today the formalities were completed to allow him to move on.

"The other club involved have acted professionally throughout the process and the two clubs have agreed a compensation deal that is satisfactory to Oxford United.

“We now move into a new era for Oxford United. The club has already started a thorough, professional search and interview process for the next permanent manager.”

Mickey Lewis, who was Wilder's assistant, agreed yesterday to become caretaker manager at United. His first game in charge will be away to Exeter City on Tuesday.

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10:03pm Sun 26 Jan 14

London_Ox says...

dear oh dear.. Very funny state of affairs and way to run a professional fussball club..
dear oh dear.. Very funny state of affairs and way to run a professional fussball club.. London_Ox
  • Score: -14

10:07pm Sun 26 Jan 14

oxcidental says...

At last this matter has been resolved and both parties can move on.....onwards and hopefully upwards COYY !!!!!!!!!!
At last this matter has been resolved and both parties can move on.....onwards and hopefully upwards COYY !!!!!!!!!! oxcidental
  • Score: 11

10:12pm Sun 26 Jan 14

oldun says...

Happy days are here again ! What bizarre behaviour!! . Nonetheless, best of luck, Chris- but may United and our next manager fare better.

Third tier next season for the previously mighty yellows

Let the missing 2500 return
Happy days are here again ! What bizarre behaviour!! . Nonetheless, best of luck, Chris- but may United and our next manager fare better. Third tier next season for the previously mighty yellows Let the missing 2500 return oldun
  • Score: 6

10:14pm Sun 26 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

Reading the full script on the OUFC site, it's clear that Wilder had put himself in the mire and that IL has handled the affair extremely well. With many on this site slagging the chairman off, it was pretty obvious that he would try to sort out Wilder's tactics to get an agreement with all parties. Now lets get down Exeter's throats.
Reading the full script on the OUFC site, it's clear that Wilder had put himself in the mire and that IL has handled the affair extremely well. With many on this site slagging the chairman off, it was pretty obvious that he would try to sort out Wilder's tactics to get an agreement with all parties. Now lets get down Exeter's throats. South Upper 87
  • Score: 18

10:25pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Patrick, Devon says...

Seems a good outcome for all parties concerned. The confusion is understandable, but I think the OM could have done alot better. Quoting everbody verbatim as it happens is not the best way to report the news.

CW is clearly a good manager and now has a new challenge, but it was time for a change at OUFC. Now go on and take revenge at the Grecians for that play off loss a few years ago!
Seems a good outcome for all parties concerned. The confusion is understandable, but I think the OM could have done alot better. Quoting everbody verbatim as it happens is not the best way to report the news. CW is clearly a good manager and now has a new challenge, but it was time for a change at OUFC. Now go on and take revenge at the Grecians for that play off loss a few years ago! Patrick, Devon
  • Score: 9

10:34pm Sun 26 Jan 14

oldun says...

Patrick, Devon wrote:
Seems a good outcome for all parties concerned. The confusion is understandable, but I think the OM could have done alot better. Quoting everbody verbatim as it happens is not the best way to report the news.

CW is clearly a good manager and now has a new challenge, but it was time for a change at OUFC. Now go on and take revenge at the Grecians for that play off loss a few years ago!
Too many years ago - let's come second like we did that season
[quote][p][bold]Patrick, Devon[/bold] wrote: Seems a good outcome for all parties concerned. The confusion is understandable, but I think the OM could have done alot better. Quoting everbody verbatim as it happens is not the best way to report the news. CW is clearly a good manager and now has a new challenge, but it was time for a change at OUFC. Now go on and take revenge at the Grecians for that play off loss a few years ago![/p][/quote]Too many years ago - let's come second like we did that season oldun
  • Score: 0

10:36pm Sun 26 Jan 14

jbowling says...

With the millstone removed now watch us go.

Goals, crowds and players with smiles on their faces.

Happy days are here again - at long last.

And for all Wilder fans - not a word of thanks from your 'Lord' - you've been mugged lads.
With the millstone removed now watch us go. Goals, crowds and players with smiles on their faces. Happy days are here again - at long last. And for all Wilder fans - not a word of thanks from your 'Lord' - you've been mugged lads. jbowling
  • Score: -10

10:41pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Aylesbury Bob says...

I think this was always going to be the inevitable result given the last 24 hours and In my view IL has handled this as well and as promptly as he possibly could have given the timeline of events. Time to move on now and all pull together and support IL in whoever he appoints. Thanks for 5 eventful years Chris. One plea, with Westley on the verge of being sacked by Satanage please don't let him anywhere near our club!
I think this was always going to be the inevitable result given the last 24 hours and In my view IL has handled this as well and as promptly as he possibly could have given the timeline of events. Time to move on now and all pull together and support IL in whoever he appoints. Thanks for 5 eventful years Chris. One plea, with Westley on the verge of being sacked by Satanage please don't let him anywhere near our club! Aylesbury Bob
  • Score: 22

10:43pm Sun 26 Jan 14

greengarden says...

South Upper 87 wrote:
Reading the full script on the OUFC site, it's clear that Wilder had put himself in the mire and that IL has handled the affair extremely well. With many on this site slagging the chairman off, it was pretty obvious that he would try to sort out Wilder's tactics to get an agreement with all parties. Now lets get down Exeter's throats.
You idiot!!

It's the moronic moaning negative fools like you that I hear week in and out at the Kassam

You have no idea how to support Ox Utd, you cannot get behind the team or the mgmt who have worked so hard to stabilise this club.

Well you got what you want, not sure where your saviour is coming from as we embark on the manager merry go round again.

But I think our chances of promotion are gone so cheers for your negativity ...

Wonder how long you will give the new manager before you start laying into him eh? 1 mth, 1 game, 8 weeks ..... Dear oh dear after 30+ years following Oxf Utd I'm ashamed of some of our so called SUPPORTERS!!!

Thxs CW you secured us as a league 2 club, which is a significant achievement from where we have been over the recent years and history will recognise this fact - just a pity some of the so called supporters don't see it......

Anyway let's hope the mgr can build off the stability we now have, and he doesn't lose faith once the moron brigade start slagging and moaning - which we know they will - I hear them every home it's depressing
[quote][p][bold]South Upper 87[/bold] wrote: Reading the full script on the OUFC site, it's clear that Wilder had put himself in the mire and that IL has handled the affair extremely well. With many on this site slagging the chairman off, it was pretty obvious that he would try to sort out Wilder's tactics to get an agreement with all parties. Now lets get down Exeter's throats.[/p][/quote]You idiot!! It's the moronic moaning negative fools like you that I hear week in and out at the Kassam You have no idea how to support Ox Utd, you cannot get behind the team or the mgmt who have worked so hard to stabilise this club. Well you got what you want, not sure where your saviour is coming from as we embark on the manager merry go round again. But I think our chances of promotion are gone so cheers for your negativity ... Wonder how long you will give the new manager before you start laying into him eh? 1 mth, 1 game, 8 weeks ..... Dear oh dear after 30+ years following Oxf Utd I'm ashamed of some of our so called SUPPORTERS!!! Thxs CW you secured us as a league 2 club, which is a significant achievement from where we have been over the recent years and history will recognise this fact - just a pity some of the so called supporters don't see it...... Anyway let's hope the mgr can build off the stability we now have, and he doesn't lose faith once the moron brigade start slagging and moaning - which we know they will - I hear them every home it's depressing greengarden
  • Score: 9

10:56pm Sun 26 Jan 14

dorsetyellows says...

Thanks to Chris Wilder for 5 years honest hard work at our club , c u at
Six fields soon with the yellow army .
Thanks to Chris Wilder for 5 years honest hard work at our club , c u at Six fields soon with the yellow army . dorsetyellows
  • Score: 17

11:00pm Sun 26 Jan 14

dovepe says...

greengarden wrote:
South Upper 87 wrote:
Reading the full script on the OUFC site, it's clear that Wilder had put himself in the mire and that IL has handled the affair extremely well. With many on this site slagging the chairman off, it was pretty obvious that he would try to sort out Wilder's tactics to get an agreement with all parties. Now lets get down Exeter's throats.
You idiot!!

It's the moronic moaning negative fools like you that I hear week in and out at the Kassam

You have no idea how to support Ox Utd, you cannot get behind the team or the mgmt who have worked so hard to stabilise this club.

Well you got what you want, not sure where your saviour is coming from as we embark on the manager merry go round again.

But I think our chances of promotion are gone so cheers for your negativity ...

Wonder how long you will give the new manager before you start laying into him eh? 1 mth, 1 game, 8 weeks ..... Dear oh dear after 30+ years following Oxf Utd I'm ashamed of some of our so called SUPPORTERS!!!

Thxs CW you secured us as a league 2 club, which is a significant achievement from where we have been over the recent years and history will recognise this fact - just a pity some of the so called supporters don't see it......

Anyway let's hope the mgr can build off the stability we now have, and he doesn't lose faith once the moron brigade start slagging and moaning - which we know they will - I hear them every home it's depressing
Mr Wilder went for the Portsmouth job.now He has resigned to go for the Northampton job.True supporters don't see loyalty from their manager anymore.He wanted a payout and He's got one.Thank you CW but you wanted to go.True supporters stay with their club.
[quote][p][bold]greengarden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]South Upper 87[/bold] wrote: Reading the full script on the OUFC site, it's clear that Wilder had put himself in the mire and that IL has handled the affair extremely well. With many on this site slagging the chairman off, it was pretty obvious that he would try to sort out Wilder's tactics to get an agreement with all parties. Now lets get down Exeter's throats.[/p][/quote]You idiot!! It's the moronic moaning negative fools like you that I hear week in and out at the Kassam You have no idea how to support Ox Utd, you cannot get behind the team or the mgmt who have worked so hard to stabilise this club. Well you got what you want, not sure where your saviour is coming from as we embark on the manager merry go round again. But I think our chances of promotion are gone so cheers for your negativity ... Wonder how long you will give the new manager before you start laying into him eh? 1 mth, 1 game, 8 weeks ..... Dear oh dear after 30+ years following Oxf Utd I'm ashamed of some of our so called SUPPORTERS!!! Thxs CW you secured us as a league 2 club, which is a significant achievement from where we have been over the recent years and history will recognise this fact - just a pity some of the so called supporters don't see it...... Anyway let's hope the mgr can build off the stability we now have, and he doesn't lose faith once the moron brigade start slagging and moaning - which we know they will - I hear them every home it's depressing[/p][/quote]Mr Wilder went for the Portsmouth job.now He has resigned to go for the Northampton job.True supporters don't see loyalty from their manager anymore.He wanted a payout and He's got one.Thank you CW but you wanted to go.True supporters stay with their club. dovepe
  • Score: 4

11:02pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Davos P says...

greengarden wrote:
South Upper 87 wrote:
Reading the full script on the OUFC site, it's clear that Wilder had put himself in the mire and that IL has handled the affair extremely well. With many on this site slagging the chairman off, it was pretty obvious that he would try to sort out Wilder's tactics to get an agreement with all parties. Now lets get down Exeter's throats.
You idiot!!

It's the moronic moaning negative fools like you that I hear week in and out at the Kassam

You have no idea how to support Ox Utd, you cannot get behind the team or the mgmt who have worked so hard to stabilise this club.

Well you got what you want, not sure where your saviour is coming from as we embark on the manager merry go round again.

But I think our chances of promotion are gone so cheers for your negativity ...

Wonder how long you will give the new manager before you start laying into him eh? 1 mth, 1 game, 8 weeks ..... Dear oh dear after 30+ years following Oxf Utd I'm ashamed of some of our so called SUPPORTERS!!!

Thxs CW you secured us as a league 2 club, which is a significant achievement from where we have been over the recent years and history will recognise this fact - just a pity some of the so called supporters don't see it......

Anyway let's hope the mgr can build off the stability we now have, and he doesn't lose faith once the moron brigade start slagging and moaning - which we know they will - I hear them every home it's depressing
Here Here! These simpletons will soon realise how this will mess up the season. I give them 3 months before they start frothing at the mouth again.
[quote][p][bold]greengarden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]South Upper 87[/bold] wrote: Reading the full script on the OUFC site, it's clear that Wilder had put himself in the mire and that IL has handled the affair extremely well. With many on this site slagging the chairman off, it was pretty obvious that he would try to sort out Wilder's tactics to get an agreement with all parties. Now lets get down Exeter's throats.[/p][/quote]You idiot!! It's the moronic moaning negative fools like you that I hear week in and out at the Kassam You have no idea how to support Ox Utd, you cannot get behind the team or the mgmt who have worked so hard to stabilise this club. Well you got what you want, not sure where your saviour is coming from as we embark on the manager merry go round again. But I think our chances of promotion are gone so cheers for your negativity ... Wonder how long you will give the new manager before you start laying into him eh? 1 mth, 1 game, 8 weeks ..... Dear oh dear after 30+ years following Oxf Utd I'm ashamed of some of our so called SUPPORTERS!!! Thxs CW you secured us as a league 2 club, which is a significant achievement from where we have been over the recent years and history will recognise this fact - just a pity some of the so called supporters don't see it...... Anyway let's hope the mgr can build off the stability we now have, and he doesn't lose faith once the moron brigade start slagging and moaning - which we know they will - I hear them every home it's depressing[/p][/quote]Here Here! These simpletons will soon realise how this will mess up the season. I give them 3 months before they start frothing at the mouth again. Davos P
  • Score: 0

11:34pm Sun 26 Jan 14

YellowRose says...

I find it difficult to understand why CW would ditch us for Northampton, apart from a geographical point of view - if it's true that his family moved back to Yorkshire. However, why would someone stop going to a match because of who the manager is!!
I find it difficult to understand why CW would ditch us for Northampton, apart from a geographical point of view - if it's true that his family moved back to Yorkshire. However, why would someone stop going to a match because of who the manager is!! YellowRose
  • Score: 6

11:51pm Sun 26 Jan 14

OX4-OUFC says...

BIG thanks to Chris Wilder and all he has done for OUFC. I wish you all the best with your new Northampton job and I hope and would not be surprised to see you keep them up. Welcome back the 2,500 stay away so called fans........next home match against Wimbledon will be a welcomed and needed bumper gate !? What will the moaning negative brigade now moan about on here ? No wonder or mystery that we had the best away record across the leagues as the away support are positive and actually support. Sadly the home form, the moaners and too many recent performances have not been good enough so let's hope that whoever does come in will put that right. Bad timing all this for me as if IL is to be believed then we had money to bring in a championship striker plus one other player if needed before the end of the transfer window which in my opinion was much needed to maintain a serious promotion push. Now we're looking for a new manager !? 'Fans' get yourselves back and support the club again, Lenagan, you've spoken well through this episode now please show us your ambition and that you are a man of your words and serious about helping Oxford to gain promotion by bringing in that new striker and appointing a great new manager to keep us moving onwards and upwards. Kitson get back on the pitch asap ! Any news on Jake Wrights injury ? Get behind Mickey Lewis and the boys for this interim period. We're only 4 points off top spot with a game in hand.
BIG thanks to Chris Wilder and all he has done for OUFC. I wish you all the best with your new Northampton job and I hope and would not be surprised to see you keep them up. Welcome back the 2,500 stay away so called fans........next home match against Wimbledon will be a welcomed and needed bumper gate !? What will the moaning negative brigade now moan about on here ? No wonder or mystery that we had the best away record across the leagues as the away support are positive and actually support. Sadly the home form, the moaners and too many recent performances have not been good enough so let's hope that whoever does come in will put that right. Bad timing all this for me as if IL is to be believed then we had money to bring in a championship striker plus one other player if needed before the end of the transfer window which in my opinion was much needed to maintain a serious promotion push. Now we're looking for a new manager !? 'Fans' get yourselves back and support the club again, Lenagan, you've spoken well through this episode now please show us your ambition and that you are a man of your words and serious about helping Oxford to gain promotion by bringing in that new striker and appointing a great new manager to keep us moving onwards and upwards. Kitson get back on the pitch asap ! Any news on Jake Wrights injury ? Get behind Mickey Lewis and the boys for this interim period. We're only 4 points off top spot with a game in hand. OX4-OUFC
  • Score: 14

12:29am Mon 27 Jan 14

Bis4badger says...

Hopefully now stability will return after all the hype and speculation following the Pompey approach, maybe even a little more tactical reaction during games and hoping to nail an automatic spot on or before 3rd May against a certain bunch of strugglers from up the A43 ;-)
Hopefully now stability will return after all the hype and speculation following the Pompey approach, maybe even a little more tactical reaction during games and hoping to nail an automatic spot on or before 3rd May against a certain bunch of strugglers from up the A43 ;-) Bis4badger
  • Score: 2

5:35am Mon 27 Jan 14

adlibber says...

The pro Wilder brigade seem very bitter on here! Perhaps they believe that 'establishing the club in league two' is something to be celebrated? Or perhaps they think that falling attendances whilst being a top 6 club is normal? Is this the height of our ambition? Wilder deserves all the credit for reclaiming our league status but the last 3 years we have stagnated. Despite my criticism I always thought Wilder seemed like a decent man but his behaviour these last few days has made him look foolish and unprofessional. Lenagan has been very fair with Wilder, offering him a 12 month contract with the possibility of an extension based on results. Given that we have failed miserably in the final third of the season for last two years I think Lenagan was right to wait until end of this season. Wilder clearly disagreed and has manufactured a move away. I wish Wilder the best of luck at Northampton and I hope he takes Lewis and Melville with him.

Renewed optimism and a real push for promotion is growing amongst fans and let's be honest there isn't a stand out team in this division so if we can string a few wins at home to coincide with our remarkable away performances promotion is easily achievable.

Onwards and upwards - one day we'll have our ground too! Depriving Kassam of revenue he doesn't deserve would make me very happy.
The pro Wilder brigade seem very bitter on here! Perhaps they believe that 'establishing the club in league two' is something to be celebrated? Or perhaps they think that falling attendances whilst being a top 6 club is normal? Is this the height of our ambition? Wilder deserves all the credit for reclaiming our league status but the last 3 years we have stagnated. Despite my criticism I always thought Wilder seemed like a decent man but his behaviour these last few days has made him look foolish and unprofessional. Lenagan has been very fair with Wilder, offering him a 12 month contract with the possibility of an extension based on results. Given that we have failed miserably in the final third of the season for last two years I think Lenagan was right to wait until end of this season. Wilder clearly disagreed and has manufactured a move away. I wish Wilder the best of luck at Northampton and I hope he takes Lewis and Melville with him. Renewed optimism and a real push for promotion is growing amongst fans and let's be honest there isn't a stand out team in this division so if we can string a few wins at home to coincide with our remarkable away performances promotion is easily achievable. Onwards and upwards - one day we'll have our ground too! Depriving Kassam of revenue he doesn't deserve would make me very happy. adlibber
  • Score: -1

7:15am Mon 27 Jan 14

happyharryhardon says...

Weather you like or dislike Wilder, one thing that is disrespectful is wilder not saying goodbye and thank you to the support he did get.
We have to stop all the fighting between our selfs and push oufc and the new manager to promotion this season. Let's hope we fill the post ASAP and the crowd come back and we claim our victory. Come on oxford we are nearly over the line so one more big push from everyone.
Weather you like or dislike Wilder, one thing that is disrespectful is wilder not saying goodbye and thank you to the support he did get. We have to stop all the fighting between our selfs and push oufc and the new manager to promotion this season. Let's hope we fill the post ASAP and the crowd come back and we claim our victory. Come on oxford we are nearly over the line so one more big push from everyone. happyharryhardon
  • Score: 4

7:18am Mon 27 Jan 14

Oxon21 says...

I cant help thinking what a shambles this really is, and badly it reflects on the club!

This whole farce could have been avoided if IL had just allowed CW to talk to Northampton in the first place. It would have avoided the resignation that wasn't a resignation that was a resignation!

IL pushed CW into a corner, who acted like most people who have a family to support would.

Its all done now, so lets all back the new manager for the next 5 years and not keep joining the managerial merry go round. Those CW haters may have to accept that things could get worse before they get better. New management normally means change within the club that can unsettle players etc. Let's see how you cope with that!
I cant help thinking what a shambles this really is, and badly it reflects on the club! This whole farce could have been avoided if IL had just allowed CW to talk to Northampton in the first place. It would have avoided the resignation that wasn't a resignation that was a resignation! IL pushed CW into a corner, who acted like most people who have a family to support would. Its all done now, so lets all back the new manager for the next 5 years and not keep joining the managerial merry go round. Those CW haters may have to accept that things could get worse before they get better. New management normally means change within the club that can unsettle players etc. Let's see how you cope with that! Oxon21
  • Score: -2

7:34am Mon 27 Jan 14

oldun says...

adlibber wrote:
The pro Wilder brigade seem very bitter on here! Perhaps they believe that 'establishing the club in league two' is something to be celebrated? Or perhaps they think that falling attendances whilst being a top 6 club is normal? Is this the height of our ambition? Wilder deserves all the credit for reclaiming our league status but the last 3 years we have stagnated. Despite my criticism I always thought Wilder seemed like a decent man but his behaviour these last few days has made him look foolish and unprofessional. Lenagan has been very fair with Wilder, offering him a 12 month contract with the possibility of an extension based on results. Given that we have failed miserably in the final third of the season for last two years I think Lenagan was right to wait until end of this season. Wilder clearly disagreed and has manufactured a move away. I wish Wilder the best of luck at Northampton and I hope he takes Lewis and Melville with him.

Renewed optimism and a real push for promotion is growing amongst fans and let's be honest there isn't a stand out team in this division so if we can string a few wins at home to coincide with our remarkable away performances promotion is easily achievable.

Onwards and upwards - one day we'll have our ground too! Depriving Kassam of revenue he doesn't deserve would make me very happy.
HEAR! HEAR!

Of course Chris - who I very much like - apart from his silly occasional sniping at fans (too sensitive) - was far better than virtually every other of the muppet managers which we have suffered since the mid 90s. Our highest Conference finish was under Jim Smith and I thought that boring Atkins was a better manager than Chris - so many of the other managers were pathetic - five plus years for Chris was plenty enough

I suspect that 2500 thousand 'so called' fans agree - more if you count absent season ticket holders

"Established league TWO club" - BIG DEAL - let's get up with those giants who have played in the third tier at some time since 2001, yes 2001!!

Moaners - YES I will certainly be moaning if I view the team to be going backwards - after a HONEYMOON period

I hope that the new manager can take us to a top 3 finish this season - over the past four weeks ,I was beginning to very much doubt that Chris would do so (no claim of mine to being perceptive there - most of you agreed) . Managers come and go - we 'moaners and non moaners' don't - come on United - 4 points from the next two games
[quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: The pro Wilder brigade seem very bitter on here! Perhaps they believe that 'establishing the club in league two' is something to be celebrated? Or perhaps they think that falling attendances whilst being a top 6 club is normal? Is this the height of our ambition? Wilder deserves all the credit for reclaiming our league status but the last 3 years we have stagnated. Despite my criticism I always thought Wilder seemed like a decent man but his behaviour these last few days has made him look foolish and unprofessional. Lenagan has been very fair with Wilder, offering him a 12 month contract with the possibility of an extension based on results. Given that we have failed miserably in the final third of the season for last two years I think Lenagan was right to wait until end of this season. Wilder clearly disagreed and has manufactured a move away. I wish Wilder the best of luck at Northampton and I hope he takes Lewis and Melville with him. Renewed optimism and a real push for promotion is growing amongst fans and let's be honest there isn't a stand out team in this division so if we can string a few wins at home to coincide with our remarkable away performances promotion is easily achievable. Onwards and upwards - one day we'll have our ground too! Depriving Kassam of revenue he doesn't deserve would make me very happy.[/p][/quote]HEAR! HEAR! Of course Chris - who I very much like - apart from his silly occasional sniping at fans (too sensitive) - was far better than virtually every other of the muppet managers which we have suffered since the mid 90s. Our highest Conference finish was under Jim Smith and I thought that boring Atkins was a better manager than Chris - so many of the other managers were pathetic - five plus years for Chris was plenty enough I suspect that 2500 thousand 'so called' fans agree - more if you count absent season ticket holders "Established league TWO club" - BIG DEAL - let's get up with those giants who have played in the third tier at some time since 2001, yes 2001!! Moaners - YES I will certainly be moaning if I view the team to be going backwards - after a HONEYMOON period I hope that the new manager can take us to a top 3 finish this season - over the past four weeks ,I was beginning to very much doubt that Chris would do so (no claim of mine to being perceptive there - most of you agreed) . Managers come and go - we 'moaners and non moaners' don't - come on United - 4 points from the next two games oldun
  • Score: 2

7:52am Mon 27 Jan 14

BigCrompy says...

oldun wrote:
adlibber wrote:
The pro Wilder brigade seem very bitter on here! Perhaps they believe that 'establishing the club in league two' is something to be celebrated? Or perhaps they think that falling attendances whilst being a top 6 club is normal? Is this the height of our ambition? Wilder deserves all the credit for reclaiming our league status but the last 3 years we have stagnated. Despite my criticism I always thought Wilder seemed like a decent man but his behaviour these last few days has made him look foolish and unprofessional. Lenagan has been very fair with Wilder, offering him a 12 month contract with the possibility of an extension based on results. Given that we have failed miserably in the final third of the season for last two years I think Lenagan was right to wait until end of this season. Wilder clearly disagreed and has manufactured a move away. I wish Wilder the best of luck at Northampton and I hope he takes Lewis and Melville with him.

Renewed optimism and a real push for promotion is growing amongst fans and let's be honest there isn't a stand out team in this division so if we can string a few wins at home to coincide with our remarkable away performances promotion is easily achievable.

Onwards and upwards - one day we'll have our ground too! Depriving Kassam of revenue he doesn't deserve would make me very happy.
HEAR! HEAR!

Of course Chris - who I very much like - apart from his silly occasional sniping at fans (too sensitive) - was far better than virtually every other of the muppet managers which we have suffered since the mid 90s. Our highest Conference finish was under Jim Smith and I thought that boring Atkins was a better manager than Chris - so many of the other managers were pathetic - five plus years for Chris was plenty enough

I suspect that 2500 thousand 'so called' fans agree - more if you count absent season ticket holders

"Established league TWO club" - BIG DEAL - let's get up with those giants who have played in the third tier at some time since 2001, yes 2001!!

Moaners - YES I will certainly be moaning if I view the team to be going backwards - after a HONEYMOON period

I hope that the new manager can take us to a top 3 finish this season - over the past four weeks ,I was beginning to very much doubt that Chris would do so (no claim of mine to being perceptive there - most of you agreed) . Managers come and go - we 'moaners and non moaners' don't - come on United - 4 points from the next two games
It's 3 points for a win these days, Old'un.

We'll actually be trying for 6 points from the next two games, mate!
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: The pro Wilder brigade seem very bitter on here! Perhaps they believe that 'establishing the club in league two' is something to be celebrated? Or perhaps they think that falling attendances whilst being a top 6 club is normal? Is this the height of our ambition? Wilder deserves all the credit for reclaiming our league status but the last 3 years we have stagnated. Despite my criticism I always thought Wilder seemed like a decent man but his behaviour these last few days has made him look foolish and unprofessional. Lenagan has been very fair with Wilder, offering him a 12 month contract with the possibility of an extension based on results. Given that we have failed miserably in the final third of the season for last two years I think Lenagan was right to wait until end of this season. Wilder clearly disagreed and has manufactured a move away. I wish Wilder the best of luck at Northampton and I hope he takes Lewis and Melville with him. Renewed optimism and a real push for promotion is growing amongst fans and let's be honest there isn't a stand out team in this division so if we can string a few wins at home to coincide with our remarkable away performances promotion is easily achievable. Onwards and upwards - one day we'll have our ground too! Depriving Kassam of revenue he doesn't deserve would make me very happy.[/p][/quote]HEAR! HEAR! Of course Chris - who I very much like - apart from his silly occasional sniping at fans (too sensitive) - was far better than virtually every other of the muppet managers which we have suffered since the mid 90s. Our highest Conference finish was under Jim Smith and I thought that boring Atkins was a better manager than Chris - so many of the other managers were pathetic - five plus years for Chris was plenty enough I suspect that 2500 thousand 'so called' fans agree - more if you count absent season ticket holders "Established league TWO club" - BIG DEAL - let's get up with those giants who have played in the third tier at some time since 2001, yes 2001!! Moaners - YES I will certainly be moaning if I view the team to be going backwards - after a HONEYMOON period I hope that the new manager can take us to a top 3 finish this season - over the past four weeks ,I was beginning to very much doubt that Chris would do so (no claim of mine to being perceptive there - most of you agreed) . Managers come and go - we 'moaners and non moaners' don't - come on United - 4 points from the next two games[/p][/quote]It's 3 points for a win these days, Old'un. We'll actually be trying for 6 points from the next two games, mate! BigCrompy
  • Score: 3

8:08am Mon 27 Jan 14

Brenda Jackson says...

CW left it late leaving, by about two years. He became increasingly sniping and blunt, his team mirrored his personality- dull and uninspiring, especially at home where those that have remained were 'treated' to dire 'football' as a reward for their loyalty to oufc.
So not at all sorry he's gone, sorry it ended like it did, but now it has been confirmed we move onwards- and hopefully upwards.
IL has to be totally focused on his search for a replacement, and whoever he selects will have to be able to have an immediate impact.
CW left it late leaving, by about two years. He became increasingly sniping and blunt, his team mirrored his personality- dull and uninspiring, especially at home where those that have remained were 'treated' to dire 'football' as a reward for their loyalty to oufc. So not at all sorry he's gone, sorry it ended like it did, but now it has been confirmed we move onwards- and hopefully upwards. IL has to be totally focused on his search for a replacement, and whoever he selects will have to be able to have an immediate impact. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 3

8:34am Mon 27 Jan 14

oldun says...

BigCrompy wrote:
oldun wrote:
adlibber wrote:
The pro Wilder brigade seem very bitter on here! Perhaps they believe that 'establishing the club in league two' is something to be celebrated? Or perhaps they think that falling attendances whilst being a top 6 club is normal? Is this the height of our ambition? Wilder deserves all the credit for reclaiming our league status but the last 3 years we have stagnated. Despite my criticism I always thought Wilder seemed like a decent man but his behaviour these last few days has made him look foolish and unprofessional. Lenagan has been very fair with Wilder, offering him a 12 month contract with the possibility of an extension based on results. Given that we have failed miserably in the final third of the season for last two years I think Lenagan was right to wait until end of this season. Wilder clearly disagreed and has manufactured a move away. I wish Wilder the best of luck at Northampton and I hope he takes Lewis and Melville with him.

Renewed optimism and a real push for promotion is growing amongst fans and let's be honest there isn't a stand out team in this division so if we can string a few wins at home to coincide with our remarkable away performances promotion is easily achievable.

Onwards and upwards - one day we'll have our ground too! Depriving Kassam of revenue he doesn't deserve would make me very happy.
HEAR! HEAR!

Of course Chris - who I very much like - apart from his silly occasional sniping at fans (too sensitive) - was far better than virtually every other of the muppet managers which we have suffered since the mid 90s. Our highest Conference finish was under Jim Smith and I thought that boring Atkins was a better manager than Chris - so many of the other managers were pathetic - five plus years for Chris was plenty enough

I suspect that 2500 thousand 'so called' fans agree - more if you count absent season ticket holders

"Established league TWO club" - BIG DEAL - let's get up with those giants who have played in the third tier at some time since 2001, yes 2001!!

Moaners - YES I will certainly be moaning if I view the team to be going backwards - after a HONEYMOON period

I hope that the new manager can take us to a top 3 finish this season - over the past four weeks ,I was beginning to very much doubt that Chris would do so (no claim of mine to being perceptive there - most of you agreed) . Managers come and go - we 'moaners and non moaners' don't - come on United - 4 points from the next two games
It's 3 points for a win these days, Old'un.

We'll actually be trying for 6 points from the next two games, mate!
HO HO HO - I would be happy with a draw tomorrow - wouldn't you?
[quote][p][bold]BigCrompy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: The pro Wilder brigade seem very bitter on here! Perhaps they believe that 'establishing the club in league two' is something to be celebrated? Or perhaps they think that falling attendances whilst being a top 6 club is normal? Is this the height of our ambition? Wilder deserves all the credit for reclaiming our league status but the last 3 years we have stagnated. Despite my criticism I always thought Wilder seemed like a decent man but his behaviour these last few days has made him look foolish and unprofessional. Lenagan has been very fair with Wilder, offering him a 12 month contract with the possibility of an extension based on results. Given that we have failed miserably in the final third of the season for last two years I think Lenagan was right to wait until end of this season. Wilder clearly disagreed and has manufactured a move away. I wish Wilder the best of luck at Northampton and I hope he takes Lewis and Melville with him. Renewed optimism and a real push for promotion is growing amongst fans and let's be honest there isn't a stand out team in this division so if we can string a few wins at home to coincide with our remarkable away performances promotion is easily achievable. Onwards and upwards - one day we'll have our ground too! Depriving Kassam of revenue he doesn't deserve would make me very happy.[/p][/quote]HEAR! HEAR! Of course Chris - who I very much like - apart from his silly occasional sniping at fans (too sensitive) - was far better than virtually every other of the muppet managers which we have suffered since the mid 90s. Our highest Conference finish was under Jim Smith and I thought that boring Atkins was a better manager than Chris - so many of the other managers were pathetic - five plus years for Chris was plenty enough I suspect that 2500 thousand 'so called' fans agree - more if you count absent season ticket holders "Established league TWO club" - BIG DEAL - let's get up with those giants who have played in the third tier at some time since 2001, yes 2001!! Moaners - YES I will certainly be moaning if I view the team to be going backwards - after a HONEYMOON period I hope that the new manager can take us to a top 3 finish this season - over the past four weeks ,I was beginning to very much doubt that Chris would do so (no claim of mine to being perceptive there - most of you agreed) . Managers come and go - we 'moaners and non moaners' don't - come on United - 4 points from the next two games[/p][/quote]It's 3 points for a win these days, Old'un. We'll actually be trying for 6 points from the next two games, mate![/p][/quote]HO HO HO - I would be happy with a draw tomorrow - wouldn't you? oldun
  • Score: 0

8:39am Mon 27 Jan 14

BigOx22 says...

Davos P wrote:
greengarden wrote:
South Upper 87 wrote:
Reading the full script on the OUFC site, it's clear that Wilder had put himself in the mire and that IL has handled the affair extremely well. With many on this site slagging the chairman off, it was pretty obvious that he would try to sort out Wilder's tactics to get an agreement with all parties. Now lets get down Exeter's throats.
You idiot!!

It's the moronic moaning negative fools like you that I hear week in and out at the Kassam

You have no idea how to support Ox Utd, you cannot get behind the team or the mgmt who have worked so hard to stabilise this club.

Well you got what you want, not sure where your saviour is coming from as we embark on the manager merry go round again.

But I think our chances of promotion are gone so cheers for your negativity ...

Wonder how long you will give the new manager before you start laying into him eh? 1 mth, 1 game, 8 weeks ..... Dear oh dear after 30+ years following Oxf Utd I'm ashamed of some of our so called SUPPORTERS!!!

Thxs CW you secured us as a league 2 club, which is a significant achievement from where we have been over the recent years and history will recognise this fact - just a pity some of the so called supporters don't see it......

Anyway let's hope the mgr can build off the stability we now have, and he doesn't lose faith once the moron brigade start slagging and moaning - which we know they will - I hear them every home it's depressing
Here Here! These simpletons will soon realise how this will mess up the season. I give them 3 months before they start frothing at the mouth again.
I'm sure Wilder has just cost us promotion this season. How can you sit at the Kassam and watch that boring boring football. I love Oxford United, I have tattoos all over my body supporting the club but that was boring! Fresh faces don't hurt anyone. We needed a new spark at the club and Wilder has just let that happen by leaving. Best for both parties I think. You will never please everyone til we are back near the top flight again. Up the U's and lets get 3 points on Tuesday at Exeter and prove we don't need Wilder at the club.
[quote][p][bold]Davos P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greengarden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]South Upper 87[/bold] wrote: Reading the full script on the OUFC site, it's clear that Wilder had put himself in the mire and that IL has handled the affair extremely well. With many on this site slagging the chairman off, it was pretty obvious that he would try to sort out Wilder's tactics to get an agreement with all parties. Now lets get down Exeter's throats.[/p][/quote]You idiot!! It's the moronic moaning negative fools like you that I hear week in and out at the Kassam You have no idea how to support Ox Utd, you cannot get behind the team or the mgmt who have worked so hard to stabilise this club. Well you got what you want, not sure where your saviour is coming from as we embark on the manager merry go round again. But I think our chances of promotion are gone so cheers for your negativity ... Wonder how long you will give the new manager before you start laying into him eh? 1 mth, 1 game, 8 weeks ..... Dear oh dear after 30+ years following Oxf Utd I'm ashamed of some of our so called SUPPORTERS!!! Thxs CW you secured us as a league 2 club, which is a significant achievement from where we have been over the recent years and history will recognise this fact - just a pity some of the so called supporters don't see it...... Anyway let's hope the mgr can build off the stability we now have, and he doesn't lose faith once the moron brigade start slagging and moaning - which we know they will - I hear them every home it's depressing[/p][/quote]Here Here! These simpletons will soon realise how this will mess up the season. I give them 3 months before they start frothing at the mouth again.[/p][/quote]I'm sure Wilder has just cost us promotion this season. How can you sit at the Kassam and watch that boring boring football. I love Oxford United, I have tattoos all over my body supporting the club but that was boring! Fresh faces don't hurt anyone. We needed a new spark at the club and Wilder has just let that happen by leaving. Best for both parties I think. You will never please everyone til we are back near the top flight again. Up the U's and lets get 3 points on Tuesday at Exeter and prove we don't need Wilder at the club. BigOx22
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Mon 27 Jan 14

London_Ox says...

London_Ox wrote:
dear oh dear.. Very funny state of affairs and way to run a professional fussball club..
I'm loving the negative thumbs down.. For the more astute observer, my reference was not so much about the belated xmas pantomine of "will he, he has, he hasn't and he officially has" moments portrayed by the club and media over the weekend. It was more about the fact that our Chairman has shown incredible faith and loyalty to CW over the past three seasons when he has under performed and not even achieved a play off berth and yet CW preferred to jump ship and not repay that when at least he had a fighting chance of gaining a new contract soon based on where we currently stand in the league...
[quote][p][bold]London_Ox[/bold] wrote: dear oh dear.. Very funny state of affairs and way to run a professional fussball club..[/p][/quote]I'm loving the negative thumbs down.. For the more astute observer, my reference was not so much about the belated xmas pantomine of "will he, he has, he hasn't and he officially has" moments portrayed by the club and media over the weekend. It was more about the fact that our Chairman has shown incredible faith and loyalty to CW over the past three seasons when he has under performed and not even achieved a play off berth and yet CW preferred to jump ship and not repay that when at least he had a fighting chance of gaining a new contract soon based on where we currently stand in the league... London_Ox
  • Score: 2

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