Oxford United job is up for grabs

Bicester Advertiser: Mickey Lewis has not ruled himself out of the job Mickey Lewis has not ruled himself out of the job

Mickey Lewis takes charge of Oxford United as caretaker-manager for the first time tonight, but he has not ruled himself out of the running to stay in the hot-seat on a permanent basis.

The club officially began the hunt for a new boss yesterday as Chris Wilder was unveiled at Northampton Town.

Chairman Ian Lenagan expects to be inundated by applicants and ex-U’s striker Dean Windass was among the first to apply.

Lewis took training for the first time ahead of the trip to Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two this evening.

Wilder’s former assistant had no hesitation in agreeing to take over the reins on a temporary basis when asked by Lenagan on Saturday night.

The 48-year-old former U’s midfielder knows there will be no shortage of suitable candidates, but admitted the group could include him – if results follow.

He said: “Let’s see what happens. It’s an attractive job being Oxford United manager, I’m sure a lot of people will be interested in it.

“We’ll see how the results go. Without sounding that I’m sitting on the fence, I just want to see.

“It’s something I could be interested in and I want to stay at the club anyway.

“If things go well and snowball, then you never know, but I am really just thinking about the next couple of games, really.

“We’ve got so many in a short amount of time, so I’m just not trying to change too much and just keep working to where we want to be.”

While there will be more experienced managers who put themselves in the frame, Lewis could become a contender if United shine on the pitch.

A congested fixture list means he is likely to be in charge for several games and with 11th-placed AFC Wimbledon the highest-ranked side the U’s face in the next five outings, there is an opportunity to put a run together.

Bicester Advertiser:

Dean Windass was among the first to apply for the job

Windass remains United’s most expensive player, signed for £470,000 from Aberdeen in July 1998.

He has been looking to get into management for a long time, but with very limited experience, the 44-year-old is likely to be viewed as an outside bet.

The ex-Hull City striker, who did his coaching badges with Wilder, said: “It was a surprise Chris left. I’ve applied and if that interests the club then so be it, but I’m sure there will be more experienced managers than me applying.”

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9:13am Tue 28 Jan 14

BigOx22 says...

Windass you never know if you don't apply, glad to see a little bit of loyalty in football still. We need an attacking minded coach/manager to get the front 3/4 to score more goals.
Windass you never know if you don't apply, glad to see a little bit of loyalty in football still. We need an attacking minded coach/manager to get the front 3/4 to score more goals. BigOx22
  • Score: 10

9:48am Tue 28 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

I think it would be a poor move to bring in an ex-player at this time. Also existing staff as well !!!. We need a fresh face to enthuse the fans. No problem with Mickey Lewis in the short term however.
I think it would be a poor move to bring in an ex-player at this time. Also existing staff as well !!!. We need a fresh face to enthuse the fans. No problem with Mickey Lewis in the short term however. South Upper 87
  • Score: 13

9:54am Tue 28 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

At least Windass is a striker minded man, could be what we need tho no Management experience to speak of. As For Mickey Lewis not wanting to change much I will remind him that we only squeaked past Torquay thanks partly to Wrights bravery and some poor finishing from our players. We could and should have been 4-0 up by the time Wright headed over but our poor strike rate meant we nearly drew a game that was there for the taking, having said that I thought Smalley took his goal beautifully and should be more confident, he surprised me by the way he took the goal but then went on to show why he doesn't score more. We really need someone who can get us more goals otherwise we will still be in Division 4 next season and that's not good enough.
At least Windass is a striker minded man, could be what we need tho no Management experience to speak of. As For Mickey Lewis not wanting to change much I will remind him that we only squeaked past Torquay thanks partly to Wrights bravery and some poor finishing from our players. We could and should have been 4-0 up by the time Wright headed over but our poor strike rate meant we nearly drew a game that was there for the taking, having said that I thought Smalley took his goal beautifully and should be more confident, he surprised me by the way he took the goal but then went on to show why he doesn't score more. We really need someone who can get us more goals otherwise we will still be in Division 4 next season and that's not good enough. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 8

9:59am Tue 28 Jan 14

AylesburyOx says...

Deano, now he would be an interesting choice! I remember at the Manor watching Windass being pegged in the corner between the London Road and Beech Road by two defenders. He looked up at the fans, winked at us before turning both opposition players and putting a cross in the box.
A great player in his day with a fantastic sense of humour and a real motivator (anyone who has spent 5 minutes with him will testify). He'd certainly get the fans and the players behind him and given the right level of experience from a new coaching staff might just be the sort of Manager the club desperately needs - lets face it he'd definitely liven up the drab and soulless Kassam stadium!
Deano, now he would be an interesting choice! I remember at the Manor watching Windass being pegged in the corner between the London Road and Beech Road by two defenders. He looked up at the fans, winked at us before turning both opposition players and putting a cross in the box. A great player in his day with a fantastic sense of humour and a real motivator (anyone who has spent 5 minutes with him will testify). He'd certainly get the fans and the players behind him and given the right level of experience from a new coaching staff might just be the sort of Manager the club desperately needs - lets face it he'd definitely liven up the drab and soulless Kassam stadium! AylesburyOx
  • Score: 11

10:29am Tue 28 Jan 14

oldun says...

Best wishes to Mr Lewis this evening
I have no strong feeling about whether United would have won under Chris
Lose, draw or win , Mick - it will be too soon to judge you with this squad - and like most others (I hope) , I will not jump to conclusions
Come on United
Best wishes to Mr Lewis this evening I have no strong feeling about whether United would have won under Chris Lose, draw or win , Mick - it will be too soon to judge you with this squad - and like most others (I hope) , I will not jump to conclusions Come on United oldun
  • Score: 6

10:46am Tue 28 Jan 14

Roy Burton's shorts says...

It’s crazy to imagine Windass transferring what made him a great player into being a great manager. Organisation and planning are just as important as charisma. Far too risky. Thankfully IL will have more sense than to bring in someone with so little experience – and zero understanding of L2.
I supported IL’s decision to retain CW during the summer and I’ll always be thankful to CW for what he’s done for us. He’ll go down in OUFC history as a very good manager and he’ll probably keep Northampton up. But we DID need a change. We couldn’t continue haemorrhaging points and supporters at home games (1500 stay away fans x 23 home games = approx. £500k).
For me, the worst and most telling aspect of our home performances was the fact that too often, too many players just didn’t engage with the game. They didn’t win the 50:50’s and didn’t get any second ball. You have to work harder to win home games at this level. Away from home you can sit deeper, keep your shape and break into space when it suits you. I still remember what CW used to say; “You have to win the right to play.” Well too often this season we just didn’t earn that right. For whatever reason, CW failed to motivate them. They never got going. Poorer teams came, settled in nicely, and mugged us.
Perhaps some of our players had become too comfortable under a long serving CW. The C word – complacency – had crept in. It started last season but got progressively worse in 2013. Many wondered why CW lost his nerve when contract talks were due to start (as stated in his contract) in a couple of weeks’ time. Well, perhaps IL had words with CW after those unforgiveable Xmas games when his players showed the returning fans that they weren’t missing anything?
Credit to CW, he has left us with a good squad and several ‘impact’ players, definitely good enough at this level. Witness our away performances – when space and time lets them show their qualities. But these same players must be removed from their comfort zones when they’re sitting in the home dressing room. We need more from them at the Kassam.
I don’t agree with those who say our season’s finished. A new manager coming in (not interim and not Mickey) will bring a different dynamic. It should inject the necessary fear factor and bring out the best in the players, especially since many contracts end in May.
Better if things had come to a head pre-Xmas and before the transfer window opened. But there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014.
Any result tonight, win or draw, will be a good start. COYY.
It’s crazy to imagine Windass transferring what made him a great player into being a great manager. Organisation and planning are just as important as charisma. Far too risky. Thankfully IL will have more sense than to bring in someone with so little experience – and zero understanding of L2. I supported IL’s decision to retain CW during the summer and I’ll always be thankful to CW for what he’s done for us. He’ll go down in OUFC history as a very good manager and he’ll probably keep Northampton up. But we DID need a change. We couldn’t continue haemorrhaging points and supporters at home games (1500 stay away fans x 23 home games = approx. £500k). For me, the worst and most telling aspect of our home performances was the fact that too often, too many players just didn’t engage with the game. They didn’t win the 50:50’s and didn’t get any second ball. You have to work harder to win home games at this level. Away from home you can sit deeper, keep your shape and break into space when it suits you. I still remember what CW used to say; “You have to win the right to play.” Well too often this season we just didn’t earn that right. For whatever reason, CW failed to motivate them. They never got going. Poorer teams came, settled in nicely, and mugged us. Perhaps some of our players had become too comfortable under a long serving CW. The C word – complacency – had crept in. It started last season but got progressively worse in 2013. Many wondered why CW lost his nerve when contract talks were due to start (as stated in his contract) in a couple of weeks’ time. Well, perhaps IL had words with CW after those unforgiveable Xmas games when his players showed the returning fans that they weren’t missing anything? Credit to CW, he has left us with a good squad and several ‘impact’ players, definitely good enough at this level. Witness our away performances – when space and time lets them show their qualities. But these same players must be removed from their comfort zones when they’re sitting in the home dressing room. We need more from them at the Kassam. I don’t agree with those who say our season’s finished. A new manager coming in (not interim and not Mickey) will bring a different dynamic. It should inject the necessary fear factor and bring out the best in the players, especially since many contracts end in May. Better if things had come to a head pre-Xmas and before the transfer window opened. But there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014. Any result tonight, win or draw, will be a good start. COYY. Roy Burton's shorts
  • Score: 23

11:27am Tue 28 Jan 14

EMBOX2 says...

CW has been good for United, no doubt, and I think given time he could have taken the U's up one league, but no higher.

The only other manager I like is Nigel Adkins, but there is no way we could afford him, if he were even available!!
CW has been good for United, no doubt, and I think given time he could have taken the U's up one league, but no higher. The only other manager I like is Nigel Adkins, but there is no way we could afford him, if he were even available!! EMBOX2
  • Score: -5

12:56pm Tue 28 Jan 14

adlibber says...

Lewis is ok for temporary role but not as Full Time manager - he's too close to Wilder and has as much to blame for our final third slump as Wilder. Maybe he might think differently now he makes the decisions and we get back on the horse but I don't think he's the man to take us forwards in the long term. Neither is Dean Windass. The club needs to stop being seen as guinea pig and start being a proper club.

A win tonight is most welcome.
Lewis is ok for temporary role but not as Full Time manager - he's too close to Wilder and has as much to blame for our final third slump as Wilder. Maybe he might think differently now he makes the decisions and we get back on the horse but I don't think he's the man to take us forwards in the long term. Neither is Dean Windass. The club needs to stop being seen as guinea pig and start being a proper club. A win tonight is most welcome. adlibber
  • Score: -2

1:17pm Tue 28 Jan 14

train passenger says...

You must be taking the Mickey, Lewis. There should be better qualified folks around.
You must be taking the Mickey, Lewis. There should be better qualified folks around. train passenger
  • Score: 2

1:47pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Taff Ewe says...

For what it is worth, I am going to throw in a shortlist of candidates that I think would really take us forward. In no particular order.

John Aldridge (Thought he had lost interest in management but his appearance at the Gateshead game with all the Wilder /Portsmouth speculation made me think otherwise)

Gary Mills (Gateshead manager, look what he has done to a struggling non league club, even more impressive is the way he has done it, though we would have to make a move for him)

Martin Allen (Been there and done it. Would definately get us up there year, but the question is can he take us beyond that)

Alan Curbishley (From being touted as England manager to disappearing. The job he did at Charlton was nothing short of a miracle)
For what it is worth, I am going to throw in a shortlist of candidates that I think would really take us forward. In no particular order. John Aldridge (Thought he had lost interest in management but his appearance at the Gateshead game with all the Wilder /Portsmouth speculation made me think otherwise) Gary Mills (Gateshead manager, look what he has done to a struggling non league club, even more impressive is the way he has done it, though we would have to make a move for him) Martin Allen (Been there and done it. Would definately get us up there year, but the question is can he take us beyond that) Alan Curbishley (From being touted as England manager to disappearing. The job he did at Charlton was nothing short of a miracle) Taff Ewe
  • Score: -1

3:27pm Tue 28 Jan 14

wayoutwest says...

Roy Burton's shorts wrote:
It’s crazy to imagine Windass transferring what made him a great player into being a great manager. Organisation and planning are just as important as charisma. Far too risky. Thankfully IL will have more sense than to bring in someone with so little experience – and zero understanding of L2. I supported IL’s decision to retain CW during the summer and I’ll always be thankful to CW for what he’s done for us. He’ll go down in OUFC history as a very good manager and he’ll probably keep Northampton up. But we DID need a change. We couldn’t continue haemorrhaging points and supporters at home games (1500 stay away fans x 23 home games = approx. £500k). For me, the worst and most telling aspect of our home performances was the fact that too often, too many players just didn’t engage with the game. They didn’t win the 50:50’s and didn’t get any second ball. You have to work harder to win home games at this level. Away from home you can sit deeper, keep your shape and break into space when it suits you. I still remember what CW used to say; “You have to win the right to play.” Well too often this season we just didn’t earn that right. For whatever reason, CW failed to motivate them. They never got going. Poorer teams came, settled in nicely, and mugged us. Perhaps some of our players had become too comfortable under a long serving CW. The C word – complacency – had crept in. It started last season but got progressively worse in 2013. Many wondered why CW lost his nerve when contract talks were due to start (as stated in his contract) in a couple of weeks’ time. Well, perhaps IL had words with CW after those unforgiveable Xmas games when his players showed the returning fans that they weren’t missing anything? Credit to CW, he has left us with a good squad and several ‘impact’ players, definitely good enough at this level. Witness our away performances – when space and time lets them show their qualities. But these same players must be removed from their comfort zones when they’re sitting in the home dressing room. We need more from them at the Kassam. I don’t agree with those who say our season’s finished. A new manager coming in (not interim and not Mickey) will bring a different dynamic. It should inject the necessary fear factor and bring out the best in the players, especially since many contracts end in May. Better if things had come to a head pre-Xmas and before the transfer window opened. But there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014. Any result tonight, win or draw, will be a good start. COYY.
At last someone talking some sense on this Forum!
[quote][p][bold]Roy Burton's shorts[/bold] wrote: It’s crazy to imagine Windass transferring what made him a great player into being a great manager. Organisation and planning are just as important as charisma. Far too risky. Thankfully IL will have more sense than to bring in someone with so little experience – and zero understanding of L2. I supported IL’s decision to retain CW during the summer and I’ll always be thankful to CW for what he’s done for us. He’ll go down in OUFC history as a very good manager and he’ll probably keep Northampton up. But we DID need a change. We couldn’t continue haemorrhaging points and supporters at home games (1500 stay away fans x 23 home games = approx. £500k). For me, the worst and most telling aspect of our home performances was the fact that too often, too many players just didn’t engage with the game. They didn’t win the 50:50’s and didn’t get any second ball. You have to work harder to win home games at this level. Away from home you can sit deeper, keep your shape and break into space when it suits you. I still remember what CW used to say; “You have to win the right to play.” Well too often this season we just didn’t earn that right. For whatever reason, CW failed to motivate them. They never got going. Poorer teams came, settled in nicely, and mugged us. Perhaps some of our players had become too comfortable under a long serving CW. The C word – complacency – had crept in. It started last season but got progressively worse in 2013. Many wondered why CW lost his nerve when contract talks were due to start (as stated in his contract) in a couple of weeks’ time. Well, perhaps IL had words with CW after those unforgiveable Xmas games when his players showed the returning fans that they weren’t missing anything? Credit to CW, he has left us with a good squad and several ‘impact’ players, definitely good enough at this level. Witness our away performances – when space and time lets them show their qualities. But these same players must be removed from their comfort zones when they’re sitting in the home dressing room. We need more from them at the Kassam. I don’t agree with those who say our season’s finished. A new manager coming in (not interim and not Mickey) will bring a different dynamic. It should inject the necessary fear factor and bring out the best in the players, especially since many contracts end in May. Better if things had come to a head pre-Xmas and before the transfer window opened. But there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014. Any result tonight, win or draw, will be a good start. COYY.[/p][/quote]At last someone talking some sense on this Forum! wayoutwest
  • Score: 3

3:42pm Tue 28 Jan 14

wayoutwest says...

Taff Ewe wrote:
For what it is worth, I am going to throw in a shortlist of candidates that I think would really take us forward. In no particular order. John Aldridge (Thought he had lost interest in management but his appearance at the Gateshead game with all the Wilder /Portsmouth speculation made me think otherwise) Gary Mills (Gateshead manager, look what he has done to a struggling non league club, even more impressive is the way he has done it, though we would have to make a move for him) Martin Allen (Been there and done it. Would definately get us up there year, but the question is can he take us beyond that) Alan Curbishley (From being touted as England manager to disappearing. The job he did at Charlton was nothing short of a miracle)
Taff Ewe, I've always been critical of those spouting that CW should be sacked without being able to suggest any names that they would like to see help OUFC progress so thanks for at least putting a few forward! With regards to the names you mention there are two good and two bad suggestions in my humble opinion

JA - don't really want to see this for a couple of reasons, the main one being his reputation at Oxford being tarnished by becoming manager. I also think that his management record isn't that spectacular and he's also been out the game for a while now as I thought showed in his commentary which was a little cliched and showed a lack of knowledge.

GM - a very worthwhile suggestion and not one I'd have thought of. Has taken Gateshead to a playoff spot in the Conference and is known to play an attractive brand of football - as we witnessed at close hand earlier this season! Certainly one worth looking at!

MA - can definitely see why he has been installed as the bookies fave and could see him taking us out of league two but also agree with your point about wondering how far he could take us beyond that, don't really see him as anything higher than a league one manager

AC - not going to happen! recenlty installed as technical director at Fulham so can't see him leaving a Prem club for a L2 club! still can't blame you for linking him with the Oxford job as he (or his agent) seemed to link him with every other job whilst he was out the game!
[quote][p][bold]Taff Ewe[/bold] wrote: For what it is worth, I am going to throw in a shortlist of candidates that I think would really take us forward. In no particular order. John Aldridge (Thought he had lost interest in management but his appearance at the Gateshead game with all the Wilder /Portsmouth speculation made me think otherwise) Gary Mills (Gateshead manager, look what he has done to a struggling non league club, even more impressive is the way he has done it, though we would have to make a move for him) Martin Allen (Been there and done it. Would definately get us up there year, but the question is can he take us beyond that) Alan Curbishley (From being touted as England manager to disappearing. The job he did at Charlton was nothing short of a miracle)[/p][/quote]Taff Ewe, I've always been critical of those spouting that CW should be sacked without being able to suggest any names that they would like to see help OUFC progress so thanks for at least putting a few forward! With regards to the names you mention there are two good and two bad suggestions in my humble opinion JA - don't really want to see this for a couple of reasons, the main one being his reputation at Oxford being tarnished by becoming manager. I also think that his management record isn't that spectacular and he's also been out the game for a while now as I thought showed in his commentary which was a little cliched and showed a lack of knowledge. GM - a very worthwhile suggestion and not one I'd have thought of. Has taken Gateshead to a playoff spot in the Conference and is known to play an attractive brand of football - as we witnessed at close hand earlier this season! Certainly one worth looking at! MA - can definitely see why he has been installed as the bookies fave and could see him taking us out of league two but also agree with your point about wondering how far he could take us beyond that, don't really see him as anything higher than a league one manager AC - not going to happen! recenlty installed as technical director at Fulham so can't see him leaving a Prem club for a L2 club! still can't blame you for linking him with the Oxford job as he (or his agent) seemed to link him with every other job whilst he was out the game! wayoutwest
  • Score: 1

3:46pm Tue 28 Jan 14

FrenchOx says...

Its really worrying that we seem to be the only team in the league not making any signings in the transfer window and if CW has gone to Northampton its clear there are massive cash issues at the cub which we might not be aware about. Having to send Asa Hall back as we couldnt afford to pay more of his wages supports this, despite having some of the biggest gates (although dwindling recently) in the league. The young lads have done we but our squad is under equipped and we desperately need some backup until experienced faces return. I would prefer ML stay as caretaker til the end of the year and we use the cash saved on a new manager and the compensation from NTFC to immediately bring in some new faces - we had a cracking end to the season last year after a very poor start, which meant promotion wasnt realistic, and this year we have again started well but need to improve form. I think from a fans point of view, a few new faces on the pitch would lead to higher attendances than a new (unproven) face in the dugout. The next few weeks are crucial and the financial benefit of promotion should be obvious . we are in touching distance! - Come on the board...make some cash available even for some loanees NOW
Its really worrying that we seem to be the only team in the league not making any signings in the transfer window and if CW has gone to Northampton its clear there are massive cash issues at the cub which we might not be aware about. Having to send Asa Hall back as we couldnt afford to pay more of his wages supports this, despite having some of the biggest gates (although dwindling recently) in the league. The young lads have done we but our squad is under equipped and we desperately need some backup until experienced faces return. I would prefer ML stay as caretaker til the end of the year and we use the cash saved on a new manager and the compensation from NTFC to immediately bring in some new faces - we had a cracking end to the season last year after a very poor start, which meant promotion wasnt realistic, and this year we have again started well but need to improve form. I think from a fans point of view, a few new faces on the pitch would lead to higher attendances than a new (unproven) face in the dugout. The next few weeks are crucial and the financial benefit of promotion should be obvious . we are in touching distance! - Come on the board...make some cash available even for some loanees NOW FrenchOx
  • Score: -2

3:50pm Tue 28 Jan 14

mattyi says...

Jim Magilton will get us promoted
Jim Magilton will get us promoted mattyi
  • Score: -2

4:14pm Tue 28 Jan 14

hairydean says...

FrenchOx wrote:
Its really worrying that we seem to be the only team in the league not making any signings in the transfer window and if CW has gone to Northampton its clear there are massive cash issues at the cub which we might not be aware about. Having to send Asa Hall back as we couldnt afford to pay more of his wages supports this, despite having some of the biggest gates (although dwindling recently) in the league. The young lads have done we but our squad is under equipped and we desperately need some backup until experienced faces return. I would prefer ML stay as caretaker til the end of the year and we use the cash saved on a new manager and the compensation from NTFC to immediately bring in some new faces - we had a cracking end to the season last year after a very poor start, which meant promotion wasnt realistic, and this year we have again started well but need to improve form. I think from a fans point of view, a few new faces on the pitch would lead to higher attendances than a new (unproven) face in the dugout. The next few weeks are crucial and the financial benefit of promotion should be obvious . we are in touching distance! - Come on the board...make some cash available even for some loanees NOW
John Aldridge I know for a fact told John durnin the day we won at tranmere to stay up that his dream was to manage oxford united one day and he still visits friend in Banbury area still. Also jim magilton would do well both did well at management at 1st attempt and have good contacts so lets see ok?
[quote][p][bold]FrenchOx[/bold] wrote: Its really worrying that we seem to be the only team in the league not making any signings in the transfer window and if CW has gone to Northampton its clear there are massive cash issues at the cub which we might not be aware about. Having to send Asa Hall back as we couldnt afford to pay more of his wages supports this, despite having some of the biggest gates (although dwindling recently) in the league. The young lads have done we but our squad is under equipped and we desperately need some backup until experienced faces return. I would prefer ML stay as caretaker til the end of the year and we use the cash saved on a new manager and the compensation from NTFC to immediately bring in some new faces - we had a cracking end to the season last year after a very poor start, which meant promotion wasnt realistic, and this year we have again started well but need to improve form. I think from a fans point of view, a few new faces on the pitch would lead to higher attendances than a new (unproven) face in the dugout. The next few weeks are crucial and the financial benefit of promotion should be obvious . we are in touching distance! - Come on the board...make some cash available even for some loanees NOW[/p][/quote]John Aldridge I know for a fact told John durnin the day we won at tranmere to stay up that his dream was to manage oxford united one day and he still visits friend in Banbury area still. Also jim magilton would do well both did well at management at 1st attempt and have good contacts so lets see ok? hairydean
  • Score: 0

4:35pm Tue 28 Jan 14

adlibber says...

John Aldridge? Staggered that he is even mentioned? He is old school and hasn't managed for awhile and his last stint wasn't successful - what is it with touting ex players who haven't managed for a long time? We need someone fresh and emerging. I think Taffy's suggestion of Mills at Gateshead isn't a bad shout I'd also look at Dean Smith at Walsall who seems to be doing a decent job on small resources. There's plenty of good young candidates the last thing I think we need is to delve into the past. Nostalgia got us nowhere when Jim Smith's returned.
John Aldridge? Staggered that he is even mentioned? He is old school and hasn't managed for awhile and his last stint wasn't successful - what is it with touting ex players who haven't managed for a long time? We need someone fresh and emerging. I think Taffy's suggestion of Mills at Gateshead isn't a bad shout I'd also look at Dean Smith at Walsall who seems to be doing a decent job on small resources. There's plenty of good young candidates the last thing I think we need is to delve into the past. Nostalgia got us nowhere when Jim Smith's returned. adlibber
  • Score: -2

4:47pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

Roy Burton's shorts wrote:
It’s crazy to imagine Windass transferring what made him a great player into being a great manager. Organisation and planning are just as important as charisma. Far too risky. Thankfully IL will have more sense than to bring in someone with so little experience – and zero understanding of L2.
I supported IL’s decision to retain CW during the summer and I’ll always be thankful to CW for what he’s done for us. He’ll go down in OUFC history as a very good manager and he’ll probably keep Northampton up. But we DID need a change. We couldn’t continue haemorrhaging points and supporters at home games (1500 stay away fans x 23 home games = approx. £500k).
For me, the worst and most telling aspect of our home performances was the fact that too often, too many players just didn’t engage with the game. They didn’t win the 50:50’s and didn’t get any second ball. You have to work harder to win home games at this level. Away from home you can sit deeper, keep your shape and break into space when it suits you. I still remember what CW used to say; “You have to win the right to play.” Well too often this season we just didn’t earn that right. For whatever reason, CW failed to motivate them. They never got going. Poorer teams came, settled in nicely, and mugged us.
Perhaps some of our players had become too comfortable under a long serving CW. The C word – complacency – had crept in. It started last season but got progressively worse in 2013. Many wondered why CW lost his nerve when contract talks were due to start (as stated in his contract) in a couple of weeks’ time. Well, perhaps IL had words with CW after those unforgiveable Xmas games when his players showed the returning fans that they weren’t missing anything?
Credit to CW, he has left us with a good squad and several ‘impact’ players, definitely good enough at this level. Witness our away performances – when space and time lets them show their qualities. But these same players must be removed from their comfort zones when they’re sitting in the home dressing room. We need more from them at the Kassam.
I don’t agree with those who say our season’s finished. A new manager coming in (not interim and not Mickey) will bring a different dynamic. It should inject the necessary fear factor and bring out the best in the players, especially since many contracts end in May.
Better if things had come to a head pre-Xmas and before the transfer window opened. But there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014.
Any result tonight, win or draw, will be a good start. COYY.
You deserve all those thumbs up, 21, when I quoted you. Very well put, factual and honest, the OM could do with you to report on our games.
[quote][p][bold]Roy Burton's shorts[/bold] wrote: It’s crazy to imagine Windass transferring what made him a great player into being a great manager. Organisation and planning are just as important as charisma. Far too risky. Thankfully IL will have more sense than to bring in someone with so little experience – and zero understanding of L2. I supported IL’s decision to retain CW during the summer and I’ll always be thankful to CW for what he’s done for us. He’ll go down in OUFC history as a very good manager and he’ll probably keep Northampton up. But we DID need a change. We couldn’t continue haemorrhaging points and supporters at home games (1500 stay away fans x 23 home games = approx. £500k). For me, the worst and most telling aspect of our home performances was the fact that too often, too many players just didn’t engage with the game. They didn’t win the 50:50’s and didn’t get any second ball. You have to work harder to win home games at this level. Away from home you can sit deeper, keep your shape and break into space when it suits you. I still remember what CW used to say; “You have to win the right to play.” Well too often this season we just didn’t earn that right. For whatever reason, CW failed to motivate them. They never got going. Poorer teams came, settled in nicely, and mugged us. Perhaps some of our players had become too comfortable under a long serving CW. The C word – complacency – had crept in. It started last season but got progressively worse in 2013. Many wondered why CW lost his nerve when contract talks were due to start (as stated in his contract) in a couple of weeks’ time. Well, perhaps IL had words with CW after those unforgiveable Xmas games when his players showed the returning fans that they weren’t missing anything? Credit to CW, he has left us with a good squad and several ‘impact’ players, definitely good enough at this level. Witness our away performances – when space and time lets them show their qualities. But these same players must be removed from their comfort zones when they’re sitting in the home dressing room. We need more from them at the Kassam. I don’t agree with those who say our season’s finished. A new manager coming in (not interim and not Mickey) will bring a different dynamic. It should inject the necessary fear factor and bring out the best in the players, especially since many contracts end in May. Better if things had come to a head pre-Xmas and before the transfer window opened. But there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014. Any result tonight, win or draw, will be a good start. COYY.[/p][/quote]You deserve all those thumbs up, 21, when I quoted you. Very well put, factual and honest, the OM could do with you to report on our games. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 3

5:47pm Tue 28 Jan 14

hairydean says...

adlibber wrote:
John Aldridge? Staggered that he is even mentioned? He is old school and hasn't managed for awhile and his last stint wasn't successful - what is it with touting ex players who haven't managed for a long time? We need someone fresh and emerging. I think Taffy's suggestion of Mills at Gateshead isn't a bad shout I'd also look at Dean Smith at Walsall who seems to be doing a decent job on small resources. There's plenty of good young candidates the last thing I think we need is to delve into the past. Nostalgia got us nowhere when Jim Smith's returned.
ablibber just a message john aldridge scored 174 goals in 294 games for tranmere, in his playing career for them last two years as player manager was manager for 5 seasons he got them to the league cup final in 2000 and fa cup quarter final in the next season , as a manager they got relegated that season although aldo resigned before they were relegated to give them a chance to stay up so he was successful in his time as a player and manager, scoring 479 goals in 889 games legend fact . a honest man that would resign if he wasnt doing the job for a team unlike managers we have had before. so nostalgia does play a part with player as they play for players who were legends ie kenny dalglish,, kevin keegan,, peter reid , list goes on of players who got players playing for them because off respect obviously they need to know what there doing as a manager , mickey lewis in your eyes isnt a good manager or motivator. but he is a honest guy who has honoured and respected any manager he has worked under maybe he isnt the right man to lead oxford through the next chapter but he is a man who is oxford through and through , he never slags of players he encourages them and backs his bosses , you tend to think you are more supportive than him well start supporting the team and be constructive in your messages not go mentioning names off players you seem to think arent up to the job i know for a fact that james constable would walk through fire for oxford united and would play in any position he was asked if it would benefit oxford he is a winner fact hates losing so support him in future please ok up the yellows and onward and upward
[quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: John Aldridge? Staggered that he is even mentioned? He is old school and hasn't managed for awhile and his last stint wasn't successful - what is it with touting ex players who haven't managed for a long time? We need someone fresh and emerging. I think Taffy's suggestion of Mills at Gateshead isn't a bad shout I'd also look at Dean Smith at Walsall who seems to be doing a decent job on small resources. There's plenty of good young candidates the last thing I think we need is to delve into the past. Nostalgia got us nowhere when Jim Smith's returned.[/p][/quote]ablibber just a message john aldridge scored 174 goals in 294 games for tranmere, in his playing career for them last two years as player manager was manager for 5 seasons he got them to the league cup final in 2000 and fa cup quarter final in the next season , as a manager they got relegated that season although aldo resigned before they were relegated to give them a chance to stay up so he was successful in his time as a player and manager, scoring 479 goals in 889 games legend fact . a honest man that would resign if he wasnt doing the job for a team unlike managers we have had before. so nostalgia does play a part with player as they play for players who were legends ie kenny dalglish,, kevin keegan,, peter reid , list goes on of players who got players playing for them because off respect obviously they need to know what there doing as a manager , mickey lewis in your eyes isnt a good manager or motivator. but he is a honest guy who has honoured and respected any manager he has worked under maybe he isnt the right man to lead oxford through the next chapter but he is a man who is oxford through and through , he never slags of players he encourages them and backs his bosses , you tend to think you are more supportive than him well start supporting the team and be constructive in your messages not go mentioning names off players you seem to think arent up to the job i know for a fact that james constable would walk through fire for oxford united and would play in any position he was asked if it would benefit oxford he is a winner fact hates losing so support him in future please ok up the yellows and onward and upward hairydean
  • Score: 4

6:31pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Taff Ewe says...

Taff Ewe wrote:
For what it is worth, I am going to throw in a shortlist of candidates that I think would really take us forward. In no particular order.

John Aldridge (Thought he had lost interest in management but his appearance at the Gateshead game with all the Wilder /Portsmouth speculation made me think otherwise)

Gary Mills (Gateshead manager, look what he has done to a struggling non league club, even more impressive is the way he has done it, though we would have to make a move for him)

Martin Allen (Been there and done it. Would definately get us up there year, but the question is can he take us beyond that)

Alan Curbishley (From being touted as England manager to disappearing. The job he did at Charlton was nothing short of a miracle)
Incidently, the John Aldridge nomination is not nostalgic, but more based on the job that he did at Tranmere on an Oxford-esque budget. Part of hisheart is still in OUFC, so this may appeal to him more than a lot of jobs. It depends if he has that fire in his belly.

PS There is nothing wrong with touting old players, this does not mean that they will fail, but they will already have a bond with the club and so therefore GET the tradition and history of OUFC.
[quote][p][bold]Taff Ewe[/bold] wrote: For what it is worth, I am going to throw in a shortlist of candidates that I think would really take us forward. In no particular order. John Aldridge (Thought he had lost interest in management but his appearance at the Gateshead game with all the Wilder /Portsmouth speculation made me think otherwise) Gary Mills (Gateshead manager, look what he has done to a struggling non league club, even more impressive is the way he has done it, though we would have to make a move for him) Martin Allen (Been there and done it. Would definately get us up there year, but the question is can he take us beyond that) Alan Curbishley (From being touted as England manager to disappearing. The job he did at Charlton was nothing short of a miracle)[/p][/quote]Incidently, the John Aldridge nomination is not nostalgic, but more based on the job that he did at Tranmere on an Oxford-esque budget. Part of hisheart is still in OUFC, so this may appeal to him more than a lot of jobs. It depends if he has that fire in his belly. PS There is nothing wrong with touting old players, this does not mean that they will fail, but they will already have a bond with the club and so therefore GET the tradition and history of OUFC. Taff Ewe
  • Score: 2

6:37pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Happy09 says...

Ian atkins was at th ground yesteray lunchtme
Ian atkins was at th ground yesteray lunchtme Happy09
  • Score: -2

6:54pm Tue 28 Jan 14

hairydean says...

dont want ian adkins no way i remember going to bristol rovers he put 1 sticker up front and we were near top of league bristol were at bottom he took the stricker of when we were 1 up and put a defender up front our stickers lee steel etc were going mad at him they equalised and we drew 1-1, he resigned after the game he resigned and signed for bristol rovers the next day, consequentlyfixed our game ensuring we didnt win and sign for them obviously planned that before the game the cheat and fixer not trust worthy
dont want ian adkins no way i remember going to bristol rovers he put 1 sticker up front and we were near top of league bristol were at bottom he took the stricker of when we were 1 up and put a defender up front our stickers lee steel etc were going mad at him they equalised and we drew 1-1, he resigned after the game he resigned and signed for bristol rovers the next day, consequentlyfixed our game ensuring we didnt win and sign for them obviously planned that before the game the cheat and fixer not trust worthy hairydean
  • Score: -1

7:06pm Tue 28 Jan 14

dovepe says...

My choice would be Neil Warnock if available'
My choice would be Neil Warnock if available' dovepe
  • Score: 0

7:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

London_Ox says...

My choice would be:

Martin Allen = turned a team just outside the play offs to champions in one season which is very impressive (dont think he was given the money to strengthen when he got to Div 1 so hardly his fault when he got canned)

Sean o driscoll = watched his old Donny side play Newcastle away a few years ago and thought his team were well drilled and disciplined and he has an eye for good strikers..

Paul Jewell = sound mgmt record if he is up for getting back into mgmt

Steve Kean = Really admired him for the way he stood his ground in adversity whilst at Blackburn and think he would do a great job in Div 2

I like Coyle & Warnock too for their passion and track records (pretty solid bar their last appointments respectively) but cant see them dropping to Div 2..

All the Yates, Mills, Tisdales (possibly), Edinburghs are no better standard in my book than Wilder so we should leave well alone. Also not a huge fan of an of the ex united players being touted either, nobody strikes me particularly as a stand out manager candidate.
My choice would be: Martin Allen = turned a team just outside the play offs to champions in one season which is very impressive (dont think he was given the money to strengthen when he got to Div 1 so hardly his fault when he got canned) Sean o driscoll = watched his old Donny side play Newcastle away a few years ago and thought his team were well drilled and disciplined and he has an eye for good strikers.. Paul Jewell = sound mgmt record if he is up for getting back into mgmt Steve Kean = Really admired him for the way he stood his ground in adversity whilst at Blackburn and think he would do a great job in Div 2 I like Coyle & Warnock too for their passion and track records (pretty solid bar their last appointments respectively) but cant see them dropping to Div 2.. All the Yates, Mills, Tisdales (possibly), Edinburghs are no better standard in my book than Wilder so we should leave well alone. Also not a huge fan of an of the ex united players being touted either, nobody strikes me particularly as a stand out manager candidate. London_Ox
  • Score: 1

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