Our futures are on the line, says Oxford United skipper

Bicester Advertiser: United captain Jake Wright United captain Jake Wright

JAKE Wright admits he is among the Oxford United players whose future at the club is on the line after their play-off ambitions all but vanished during a wretched Easter weekend.

The chances of a top-seven finish are solely mathematical after 1-0 defeats to York City and Scunthorpe United left them five points adrift with only six available.

While the top-seven looks out of reach, the United captain believes the final two games are vital for everyone in the camp to avoid being labelled as “losing footballers”.

United have picked up just eight points from 13 games, meaning there could be a bigger restructuring of the squad this summer than previously expected.

Around half the squad is out of contract this summer, including Wright.

Although the U’s have an option to extend the deal by another season, they have left it late to activate the clause and the centre back concedes the future is unclear.

He said: “I’m the same as everyone else who is out of contract, we have two games left to prove we want to be here and earn a contract.

“It’s not just here, it’s anywhere, because if this club doesn’t want you, (others) are going to look at our record and see that in the last 12-15 games we haven’t been good enough.

“Other managers aren’t going to want losing footballers – and that’s what we are at the moment.

“If you’ve already got a contract, you are playing to get into the gaffer’s starting line-up for next year.

“If you’re not good enough and you have a contract, he will want you to leave.

“He has been honest with us and that’s what we want.”

Gary Waddock blasted the squad during half-time at Scunthorpe on Monday.

The head coach, who has lost five of his six games in charge, was critical of the first half performance at Glanford Park.

He admitted that since taking over he had been wary of the side’s fragile confidence, but made it clear it was not just those out of contract who should be worried.

Waddock said: “Nobody is safe, why should they be?

“If they don’t perform, they will be told – and they were told (at Scunthorpe).

“I know what needs to be done now. “Previously I’ve been treading a careful path because I knew the confidence was low, but they knew how I felt.”

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10:18am Wed 23 Apr 14

JamesHinch says...

Beat Accy 2 nil, win at Cobblers and York only draw v Newport and lose at Scunny. Its certainly very possible so why are we just talking about mathematics and waddock talking openly about berating the players. There is everything to play for still and stranger things have happened so encouragement is needed 100% . I am surprised by this article with Wright calling the team losers before the race is over.
Beat Accy 2 nil, win at Cobblers and York only draw v Newport and lose at Scunny. Its certainly very possible so why are we just talking about mathematics and waddock talking openly about berating the players. There is everything to play for still and stranger things have happened so encouragement is needed 100% . I am surprised by this article with Wright calling the team losers before the race is over. JamesHinch
  • Score: -6

10:23am Wed 23 Apr 14

87oufc says...

...and yet mostly all of you fail to show a reaction on the pitch.
...and yet mostly all of you fail to show a reaction on the pitch. 87oufc
  • Score: 17

11:09am Wed 23 Apr 14

You're Fired says...

Odd that most at Oxford think the play off race is over, as a York fan I'm under no illusions. We need to beat a Newport team who, on their day, can beat anyone. If we don't we'll need to go to Scunny and win which is obviously a tough ask.

What is it they say about fat ladies singing?!
Odd that most at Oxford think the play off race is over, as a York fan I'm under no illusions. We need to beat a Newport team who, on their day, can beat anyone. If we don't we'll need to go to Scunny and win which is obviously a tough ask. What is it they say about fat ladies singing?! You're Fired
  • Score: 9

11:20am Wed 23 Apr 14

Joe1 says...

A little late in discovering this fact. Been like this for while!!!!!
A little late in discovering this fact. Been like this for while!!!!! Joe1
  • Score: 9

12:09pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Oxokuba says...

Players have let the club down- you can't perform so badly at the worst time and expect praise. The play offs are gone I don't believe we'll win both our games and if we're honest does anyone think we'd get to Wembley if we made the play offs? We'd be the team the other 3 would want to meet. A clear out of the squad and the coaches combined with at least 6 new signings might offer some hope for next year. assuming that Waddock improves too given his woeful record so far.

We are too familiar with failure and need to break this repetitivel chain.
Players have let the club down- you can't perform so badly at the worst time and expect praise. The play offs are gone I don't believe we'll win both our games and if we're honest does anyone think we'd get to Wembley if we made the play offs? We'd be the team the other 3 would want to meet. A clear out of the squad and the coaches combined with at least 6 new signings might offer some hope for next year. assuming that Waddock improves too given his woeful record so far. We are too familiar with failure and need to break this repetitivel chain. Oxokuba
  • Score: 10

1:16pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Doctor69 says...

JamesHinch wrote:
Beat Accy 2 nil, win at Cobblers and York only draw v Newport and lose at Scunny. Its certainly very possible so why are we just talking about mathematics and waddock talking openly about berating the players. There is everything to play for still and stranger things have happened so encouragement is needed 100% . I am surprised by this article with Wright calling the team losers before the race is over.
We have taken 8 points from 13 games, and haven't won back to back in god knows how long. Still, I admire your optimism!
[quote][p][bold]JamesHinch[/bold] wrote: Beat Accy 2 nil, win at Cobblers and York only draw v Newport and lose at Scunny. Its certainly very possible so why are we just talking about mathematics and waddock talking openly about berating the players. There is everything to play for still and stranger things have happened so encouragement is needed 100% . I am surprised by this article with Wright calling the team losers before the race is over.[/p][/quote]We have taken 8 points from 13 games, and haven't won back to back in god knows how long. Still, I admire your optimism! Doctor69
  • Score: 3

1:24pm Wed 23 Apr 14

OUFC1983 says...

Doctor69 wrote:
JamesHinch wrote:
Beat Accy 2 nil, win at Cobblers and York only draw v Newport and lose at Scunny. Its certainly very possible so why are we just talking about mathematics and waddock talking openly about berating the players. There is everything to play for still and stranger things have happened so encouragement is needed 100% . I am surprised by this article with Wright calling the team losers before the race is over.
We have taken 8 points from 13 games, and haven't won back to back in god knows how long. Still, I admire your optimism!
Wherever you are getting your optimism from JamesHinch can you share it amongst the rest of us?
[quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesHinch[/bold] wrote: Beat Accy 2 nil, win at Cobblers and York only draw v Newport and lose at Scunny. Its certainly very possible so why are we just talking about mathematics and waddock talking openly about berating the players. There is everything to play for still and stranger things have happened so encouragement is needed 100% . I am surprised by this article with Wright calling the team losers before the race is over.[/p][/quote]We have taken 8 points from 13 games, and haven't won back to back in god knows how long. Still, I admire your optimism![/p][/quote]Wherever you are getting your optimism from JamesHinch can you share it amongst the rest of us? OUFC1983
  • Score: 4

1:50pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Richard Wickson says...

OUFC1983 wrote:
Doctor69 wrote:
JamesHinch wrote:
Beat Accy 2 nil, win at Cobblers and York only draw v Newport and lose at Scunny. Its certainly very possible so why are we just talking about mathematics and waddock talking openly about berating the players. There is everything to play for still and stranger things have happened so encouragement is needed 100% . I am surprised by this article with Wright calling the team losers before the race is over.
We have taken 8 points from 13 games, and haven't won back to back in god knows how long. Still, I admire your optimism!
Wherever you are getting your optimism from JamesHinch can you share it amongst the rest of us?
I think he gets his optimism from the players, they talk big and deliver little. I agree with most of the posts on this thread but why is it when I speak as honestly I get berated. The players have let themselves down big time, Lewis and Melville should be embarrassed by their poor efforts after CW went and so too should Mr. Lenagan for his slowness to act once Wilder jumped ship. I for one am relieved we won't get promotion as we cant afford the next level yet, we need added investment and a cost effective home ground. We need to rebuild big time, get a younger fitter squad that can play passing football. Look at the top teams and it's obvious that's how they play. It's the key to our success, don't take it on board and we will fail again.
[quote][p][bold]OUFC1983[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesHinch[/bold] wrote: Beat Accy 2 nil, win at Cobblers and York only draw v Newport and lose at Scunny. Its certainly very possible so why are we just talking about mathematics and waddock talking openly about berating the players. There is everything to play for still and stranger things have happened so encouragement is needed 100% . I am surprised by this article with Wright calling the team losers before the race is over.[/p][/quote]We have taken 8 points from 13 games, and haven't won back to back in god knows how long. Still, I admire your optimism![/p][/quote]Wherever you are getting your optimism from JamesHinch can you share it amongst the rest of us?[/p][/quote]I think he gets his optimism from the players, they talk big and deliver little. I agree with most of the posts on this thread but why is it when I speak as honestly I get berated. The players have let themselves down big time, Lewis and Melville should be embarrassed by their poor efforts after CW went and so too should Mr. Lenagan for his slowness to act once Wilder jumped ship. I for one am relieved we won't get promotion as we cant afford the next level yet, we need added investment and a cost effective home ground. We need to rebuild big time, get a younger fitter squad that can play passing football. Look at the top teams and it's obvious that's how they play. It's the key to our success, don't take it on board and we will fail again. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 2

2:02pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Richard Wickson says...

"Our futures are on the line" says Jake Wright. Welcome to our world Jake, the real world where despite law changes that make it harder to sack employee's, most of us have had our futures on the line throughout our working lives. I drove Petrol tankers for a large part of my working life and knew that a spillage or road accident could put my job on the line every time I got behind the wheel to deliver. It's called pressure! Welcome to it.
"Our futures are on the line" says Jake Wright. Welcome to our world Jake, the real world where despite law changes that make it harder to sack employee's, most of us have had our futures on the line throughout our working lives. I drove Petrol tankers for a large part of my working life and knew that a spillage or road accident could put my job on the line every time I got behind the wheel to deliver. It's called pressure! Welcome to it. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 4

3:39pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Beau champ mummy says...

Wright u should be released thought last season u were a good player but this year u have been dreadful time for someone else me thinks
Wright u should be released thought last season u were a good player but this year u have been dreadful time for someone else me thinks Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -2

4:07pm Wed 23 Apr 14

dovepe says...

Jake Wright-Mullins-Const
able-Clarke are winners they work hard every game.We don't want to lose these players.Wright is not vocal enough as a Captain.This season JC has been on the bench to much.good ratio of goals per game.midfield is the problem.if we stay down IL will get the big gates he wants with teams coming up & down into this division.so give GW money now to spend in the summer.
Jake Wright-Mullins-Const able-Clarke are winners they work hard every game.We don't want to lose these players.Wright is not vocal enough as a Captain.This season JC has been on the bench to much.good ratio of goals per game.midfield is the problem.if we stay down IL will get the big gates he wants with teams coming up & down into this division.so give GW money now to spend in the summer. dovepe
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Doctor69 says...

The big problem is the money going into Kassams pocket for the ground. By all accounts the 25 year lease deal is watertight too.

Whilst we fork out so much to him, we cannot move forward.
The big problem is the money going into Kassams pocket for the ground. By all accounts the 25 year lease deal is watertight too. Whilst we fork out so much to him, we cannot move forward. Doctor69
  • Score: 7

6:21pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Richard Wickson says...

Doctor69 wrote:
The big problem is the money going into Kassams pocket for the ground. By all accounts the 25 year lease deal is watertight too.

Whilst we fork out so much to him, we cannot move forward.
Quite right. Unfortunately we are led to believe the deal Nick Merry signed applies to all future owners of the club for 25. Years from the date it was signed. If that is fact then we are between a rock and a hard place. The future could only get worse, we should all be afraid, very afraid!
[quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: The big problem is the money going into Kassams pocket for the ground. By all accounts the 25 year lease deal is watertight too. Whilst we fork out so much to him, we cannot move forward.[/p][/quote]Quite right. Unfortunately we are led to believe the deal Nick Merry signed applies to all future owners of the club for 25. Years from the date it was signed. If that is fact then we are between a rock and a hard place. The future could only get worse, we should all be afraid, very afraid! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 2

11:06am Thu 24 Apr 14

London_Ox says...

"While the top-seven looks out of reach, the United captain believes the final two games are vital for everyone in the camp to avoid being labelled as “losing footballers”

A bit too late for that.. I think the majority of them already are and regardless how they perform in the next two games, not getting into the playoffs and the manner of how that came about will count against them when contracting are being offered come summer. I just hope Waddock stays strong and is ruthless in getting rid of the vast majority.
"While the top-seven looks out of reach, the United captain believes the final two games are vital for everyone in the camp to avoid being labelled as “losing footballers” A bit too late for that.. I think the majority of them already are and regardless how they perform in the next two games, not getting into the playoffs and the manner of how that came about will count against them when contracting are being offered come summer. I just hope Waddock stays strong and is ruthless in getting rid of the vast majority. London_Ox
  • Score: 0

12:17pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Bit late in the day to be thinking about your future Mr Wright, though I suspect you have already sorted out where you will be next season- which might make things a little awkward at Northampton, no OG's please.
Bit late in the day to be thinking about your future Mr Wright, though I suspect you have already sorted out where you will be next season- which might make things a little awkward at Northampton, no OG's please. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 1

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