We want Mickey to get the job, says Oxford United skipper

Bicester Advertiser: Jake Wright argues with referee Eddie Ilderton after Scott Hogan, who looked suspiciously offside, puts Rochdale ahead. The Oxford United skipper says the whole squad are desperate for Mickey Lewis to get the full-time manager’s job Jake Wright argues with referee Eddie Ilderton after Scott Hogan, who looked suspiciously offside, puts Rochdale ahead. The Oxford United skipper says the whole squad are desperate for Mickey Lewis to get the full-time manager’s job

OXFORD United’s squad are firmly in favour of Mickey Lewis getting the manager’s job full-time, according to Jake Wright.

The skipper made his first appearance under the caretaker’s regime on Saturday, five weeks after picking up a knee injury in Chris Wilder’s final game in charge.

It was not a happy return for Wright, who covered the suspended Tom Newey at left back in a 3-0 defeat at Rochdale.

The centre half, who turns 28 next week, made it clear in his opinion the players were keen to see Lewis become the permanent manager.

He said: “I’m saying now on behalf of the boys every single player is behind Mickey Lewis and Andy Melville (first team coach).

“We are desperate for him to get the job.

“I can only speak on behalf of the players. If he gets it we’ll be buzzing, if he doesn’t then whoever comes in we will be right behind him as well.”

His thoughts came minutes after chairman Ian Lenagan had given an update on the search for a new manager.

The U’s owner reiterated Lewis was under consideration, but stopped short of appointing him until the end of the season as several other candidates are assessed.

Wright said: “I think if we win every game it makes it impossible for the chairman maybe to bring someone in.

“But at the end of the day the chairman is the boss and he wants right by the club.

“He will do what he thinks is right and he works really hard, which a lot of fans don’t see.

“He’s got a good team around him, so I’m sure he will make the decision which he thinks is right for the club, as he always does.

“We just want to do the best for whoever is in charge, we want to do our best for Oxford United and for each other.”

One area not up for debate was the performance at Rochdale.

Wright said: “In the second half they have dominated the game and were better all over the pitch.

“They won every battle and we deserved nothing out of the game.”

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9:08am Mon 3 Mar 14

South Upper 87 says...

Just why would the squad be deperate for Lewis to get the job....must be for an easy life because it is certainly not at the prospect of being successful. Week by week now we are losing touch with the autos and the way a couple of teams, notably Plymouth are playing. We will be lucky to make the play offs at this rate. Lewis himself, despite his asperations when Wilder went, must know by now that all that training and working alongside the former manager, has left him clearly lacking in ideas.and unsuitable to lead a real challenge. New man in now please
Just why would the squad be deperate for Lewis to get the job....must be for an easy life because it is certainly not at the prospect of being successful. Week by week now we are losing touch with the autos and the way a couple of teams, notably Plymouth are playing. We will be lucky to make the play offs at this rate. Lewis himself, despite his asperations when Wilder went, must know by now that all that training and working alongside the former manager, has left him clearly lacking in ideas.and unsuitable to lead a real challenge. New man in now please South Upper 87
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9:29am Mon 3 Mar 14

Joe1 says...

Then the team should shown their feelings by playing well on Saturday.
"All mouth & trousers" comes to mind.
Then the team should shown their feelings by playing well on Saturday. "All mouth & trousers" comes to mind. Joe1
  • Score: 1

10:32am Mon 3 Mar 14

steve mcavoy says...

Throughout my working life i had no say who my manager would be if there was a change at that level. If we struggled to get on the option available was for me to look for another post.
I don't expect Jake Wright to be visiting the real world anytime soon. After a second half performance like that on Saturday, it is hard to see what kind of positive impact ML has on the players. The substitutions were predictable; there was a lack of any sense that the midfield badly needed supplementing; areas where we did ok in the first half (Smalley consistently winning flick-ons) simply got lost in the changes. It wasn't just that players were returning from injury and lacked sharpness, it was the whole package.
Throughout my working life i had no say who my manager would be if there was a change at that level. If we struggled to get on the option available was for me to look for another post. I don't expect Jake Wright to be visiting the real world anytime soon. After a second half performance like that on Saturday, it is hard to see what kind of positive impact ML has on the players. The substitutions were predictable; there was a lack of any sense that the midfield badly needed supplementing; areas where we did ok in the first half (Smalley consistently winning flick-ons) simply got lost in the changes. It wasn't just that players were returning from injury and lacked sharpness, it was the whole package. steve mcavoy
  • Score: 2

12:41pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Eraser says...

Of course they want ML. Anyone else is likely to transfer list most of them. They'll struggle to find wages to match in the Conference - which is what a lot of them are only fit for.
Of course they want ML. Anyone else is likely to transfer list most of them. They'll struggle to find wages to match in the Conference - which is what a lot of them are only fit for. Eraser
  • Score: 5

1:18pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Southsea Ox says...

So, before it was because of Wilder, and now it Ml or the players. get a grip guys, be careful what you wish for ... we now need to get behind our team and give them all the support they need till end of season and see where get ...
So, before it was because of Wilder, and now it Ml or the players. get a grip guys, be careful what you wish for ... we now need to get behind our team and give them all the support they need till end of season and see where get ... Southsea Ox
  • Score: 1

7:11pm Mon 3 Mar 14

martico1 says...

Agreed, Southsea - but Steve M has it dead right too.

Hogan's hat-trick must be the easiest he will ever get the chance to score (they even got easier as he went along...). Mickey just stood and watched an seemed as clueless as CW used to when up against it, and the second half capitulation as plain embarrassing. We were lucky to get 0.

It would be great if Mickey were successful - but that's looking increasingly unlikely, I'm afraid.
Agreed, Southsea - but Steve M has it dead right too. Hogan's hat-trick must be the easiest he will ever get the chance to score (they even got easier as he went along...). Mickey just stood and watched an seemed as clueless as CW used to when up against it, and the second half capitulation as plain embarrassing. We were lucky to get 0. It would be great if Mickey were successful - but that's looking increasingly unlikely, I'm afraid. martico1
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