Appleton aiming to improve Oxford United's recruitment

Bicester Advertiser: Michael Appleton has been endlessly on the phone trying to bring in more players to Oxford United ahead of the new season Michael Appleton has been endlessly on the phone trying to bring in more players to Oxford United ahead of the new season

MICHAEL Appleton remains hopeful of making another signing before the weekend, but the Oxford United head coach admits improvements need to be made to their recruitment strategy.

The 38-year-old quickly assessed the squad needed at least four new faces after taking over last week.

Michael Collins became the first of those earlier this week.

Another deal is in the pipeline, although Appleton revealed some “frustrations” over the progress with one target after the 1-0 win at Oxford City on Tuesday night.

He was optimistic about getting another deal over the line before the visit to Didcot Town on Saturday, but did feel there were organisational issues behind the scenes which were making things difficult.

He said: “From a recruitment point of view, there are things that need to be put in place at the football club that have not been in place for a long time.

“Until we do that, we are going to be behind a lot of other clubs.

“I think the January window will be a hell of a lot different and hopefully you’ll see that.”

He added: “If you do your recruitment properly you’ve always got back-up.

“So if you don’t get one player, there’s a back-up and if you don’t get him, there’s always another one, so you have always got four or five.

“It’s a little bit of hard work and organisation and putting the people in the right places to do the right jobs.”

One player not on the wish-list is striker Gozie Ugwu, who played on trial in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Farnborough, but has now moved on.

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9:42am Thu 17 Jul 14

jonny1976 says...

At last, a manager that is looking into the processes to ensure we are going in the right direction.
At last, a manager that is looking into the processes to ensure we are going in the right direction. jonny1976
  • Score: 38

10:50am Thu 17 Jul 14

wayoutwest says...

We all know that CW's recruitment policy was 'sketchy' to say the least, with too few successes coming to fruition. Good therefore to see the new gaffer taking a 'root & branch' approach and looking at the whole structure rather than just looking for a quick fix solution. Liking what I hear.
We all know that CW's recruitment policy was 'sketchy' to say the least, with too few successes coming to fruition. Good therefore to see the new gaffer taking a 'root & branch' approach and looking at the whole structure rather than just looking for a quick fix solution. Liking what I hear. wayoutwest
  • Score: 19

11:38am Thu 17 Jul 14

GRB says...

Sounds like we have a proper gaffer and not just a 'yes man'.
Sounds like we have a proper gaffer and not just a 'yes man'. GRB
  • Score: 17

12:20pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Manor Born says...

Has to be said, everything that MA has said in the press so far has been so much better than his predecessor. Seems far more positive, hasn't come in and criticised the players at his disposal. He's identified the areas that need strengthening, but hasn't undermimed those already here. This all sounds like good man-management to me.

Very encouraged by this.
Has to be said, everything that MA has said in the press so far has been so much better than his predecessor. Seems far more positive, hasn't come in and criticised the players at his disposal. He's identified the areas that need strengthening, but hasn't undermimed those already here. This all sounds like good man-management to me. Very encouraged by this. Manor Born
  • Score: 19

12:49pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Bumble08 says...

Having spent a couple of hours with Mr Appleton the other night you can't help but be impressed. What the club have, is someone that has worked at a higher level, has the knowledge and the know how of how to run a football club. Both Ashton and Appleton seem to have their heads in the right place and want to do the best by the football club. Been a long time coming but given a chance I think all involved with Oxford and those who support will be happily impressed. Excited for the new season where as 4 weeks ago under Waddock was fearful and dreading!
Having spent a couple of hours with Mr Appleton the other night you can't help but be impressed. What the club have, is someone that has worked at a higher level, has the knowledge and the know how of how to run a football club. Both Ashton and Appleton seem to have their heads in the right place and want to do the best by the football club. Been a long time coming but given a chance I think all involved with Oxford and those who support will be happily impressed. Excited for the new season where as 4 weeks ago under Waddock was fearful and dreading! Bumble08
  • Score: 27

1:16pm Thu 17 Jul 14

ExiledinBristol says...

So we don't have a scouting network. I think that went under Kassam.
So we don't have a scouting network. I think that went under Kassam. ExiledinBristol
  • Score: 0

1:45pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Taff Ewe says...

Manor Born wrote:
Has to be said, everything that MA has said in the press so far has been so much better than his predecessor. Seems far more positive, hasn't come in and criticised the players at his disposal. He's identified the areas that need strengthening, but hasn't undermimed those already here. This all sounds like good man-management to me.

Very encouraged by this.
In fairness, we cannot judge like for like as he has not been involved in an horrendous losing run. Just remember, it is all very easy to say that they are saying the right things, but most new relationships are full of niceties and love making.

After a couple of defeats the negatives will start saying "He is not good enough, using the same old excuses, etc"

Yes it all sounds very promising, but a lot of those who are quick to praise will be just as quick to critisize.

I think that Lenegan has done a superb stabilisation job, as the new owners say, a firm base to build from, but the guy has been slated endless by blind idiots.

Now Kassam WAS bad news, there is a world of difference between the two.

I hope that people will hold their tongue and not push these guys away if we do not go up, but they continue to push ahead with the stadium and continue development on and off the pitch. I assure you that the muppets will hound them out though.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Has to be said, everything that MA has said in the press so far has been so much better than his predecessor. Seems far more positive, hasn't come in and criticised the players at his disposal. He's identified the areas that need strengthening, but hasn't undermimed those already here. This all sounds like good man-management to me. Very encouraged by this.[/p][/quote]In fairness, we cannot judge like for like as he has not been involved in an horrendous losing run. Just remember, it is all very easy to say that they are saying the right things, but most new relationships are full of niceties and love making. After a couple of defeats the negatives will start saying "He is not good enough, using the same old excuses, etc" Yes it all sounds very promising, but a lot of those who are quick to praise will be just as quick to critisize. I think that Lenegan has done a superb stabilisation job, as the new owners say, a firm base to build from, but the guy has been slated endless by blind idiots. Now Kassam WAS bad news, there is a world of difference between the two. I hope that people will hold their tongue and not push these guys away if we do not go up, but they continue to push ahead with the stadium and continue development on and off the pitch. I assure you that the muppets will hound them out though. Taff Ewe
  • Score: 12

3:22pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Manor Born says...

Bumble08 wrote:
Having spent a couple of hours with Mr Appleton the other night you can't help but be impressed. What the club have, is someone that has worked at a higher level, has the knowledge and the know how of how to run a football club. Both Ashton and Appleton seem to have their heads in the right place and want to do the best by the football club. Been a long time coming but given a chance I think all involved with Oxford and those who support will be happily impressed. Excited for the new season where as 4 weeks ago under Waddock was fearful and dreading!
You can certainly sense a change in mood around the club. This is clearly a good thing. Everything seems to be far more positive and they haven't really done anything yet apart from one signing - who looks to be a decent one. A couple more would really get things moving.

From what I saw at Oxford City (and yes it was only a pre-season friendly), it looks like MA wants to play a high-tempo, passing game. Getting players wide and encourage them to attack the opposing full-backs. Exactly the brand of football we've been crying out for.

We've heard all the talk about the stadium before. If progress is being made on either Water Eaton or purchasing the current ground, then all good. It does seem these guys don't want to hang around, but get things done - clearly it is in their interests to do so. We'll probably have a clearer idea of these things over the coming season.
[quote][p][bold]Bumble08[/bold] wrote: Having spent a couple of hours with Mr Appleton the other night you can't help but be impressed. What the club have, is someone that has worked at a higher level, has the knowledge and the know how of how to run a football club. Both Ashton and Appleton seem to have their heads in the right place and want to do the best by the football club. Been a long time coming but given a chance I think all involved with Oxford and those who support will be happily impressed. Excited for the new season where as 4 weeks ago under Waddock was fearful and dreading![/p][/quote]You can certainly sense a change in mood around the club. This is clearly a good thing. Everything seems to be far more positive and they haven't really done anything yet apart from one signing - who looks to be a decent one. A couple more would really get things moving. From what I saw at Oxford City (and yes it was only a pre-season friendly), it looks like MA wants to play a high-tempo, passing game. Getting players wide and encourage them to attack the opposing full-backs. Exactly the brand of football we've been crying out for. We've heard all the talk about the stadium before. If progress is being made on either Water Eaton or purchasing the current ground, then all good. It does seem these guys don't want to hang around, but get things done - clearly it is in their interests to do so. We'll probably have a clearer idea of these things over the coming season. Manor Born
  • Score: 13

4:01pm Thu 17 Jul 14

oldun says...

Please make it thee or more! Desperately needed
Please make it thee or more! Desperately needed oldun
  • Score: 2

4:08pm Thu 17 Jul 14

oldun says...

Taff Ewe wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Has to be said, everything that MA has said in the press so far has been so much better than his predecessor. Seems far more positive, hasn't come in and criticised the players at his disposal. He's identified the areas that need strengthening, but hasn't undermimed those already here. This all sounds like good man-management to me.

Very encouraged by this.
In fairness, we cannot judge like for like as he has not been involved in an horrendous losing run. Just remember, it is all very easy to say that they are saying the right things, but most new relationships are full of niceties and love making.

After a couple of defeats the negatives will start saying "He is not good enough, using the same old excuses, etc"

Yes it all sounds very promising, but a lot of those who are quick to praise will be just as quick to critisize.

I think that Lenegan has done a superb stabilisation job, as the new owners say, a firm base to build from, but the guy has been slated endless by blind idiots.

Now Kassam WAS bad news, there is a world of difference between the two.

I hope that people will hold their tongue and not push these guys away if we do not go up, but they continue to push ahead with the stadium and continue development on and off the pitch. I assure you that the muppets will hound them out though.
if they are not up to it then I will join the hounds - won't you?
[quote][p][bold]Taff Ewe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Has to be said, everything that MA has said in the press so far has been so much better than his predecessor. Seems far more positive, hasn't come in and criticised the players at his disposal. He's identified the areas that need strengthening, but hasn't undermimed those already here. This all sounds like good man-management to me. Very encouraged by this.[/p][/quote]In fairness, we cannot judge like for like as he has not been involved in an horrendous losing run. Just remember, it is all very easy to say that they are saying the right things, but most new relationships are full of niceties and love making. After a couple of defeats the negatives will start saying "He is not good enough, using the same old excuses, etc" Yes it all sounds very promising, but a lot of those who are quick to praise will be just as quick to critisize. I think that Lenegan has done a superb stabilisation job, as the new owners say, a firm base to build from, but the guy has been slated endless by blind idiots. Now Kassam WAS bad news, there is a world of difference between the two. I hope that people will hold their tongue and not push these guys away if we do not go up, but they continue to push ahead with the stadium and continue development on and off the pitch. I assure you that the muppets will hound them out though.[/p][/quote]if they are not up to it then I will join the hounds - won't you? oldun
  • Score: -15

5:48pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Taff Ewe says...

oldun wrote:
Taff Ewe wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Has to be said, everything that MA has said in the press so far has been so much better than his predecessor. Seems far more positive, hasn't come in and criticised the players at his disposal. He's identified the areas that need strengthening, but hasn't undermimed those already here. This all sounds like good man-management to me.

Very encouraged by this.
In fairness, we cannot judge like for like as he has not been involved in an horrendous losing run. Just remember, it is all very easy to say that they are saying the right things, but most new relationships are full of niceties and love making.

After a couple of defeats the negatives will start saying "He is not good enough, using the same old excuses, etc"

Yes it all sounds very promising, but a lot of those who are quick to praise will be just as quick to critisize.

I think that Lenegan has done a superb stabilisation job, as the new owners say, a firm base to build from, but the guy has been slated endless by blind idiots.

Now Kassam WAS bad news, there is a world of difference between the two.

I hope that people will hold their tongue and not push these guys away if we do not go up, but they continue to push ahead with the stadium and continue development on and off the pitch. I assure you that the muppets will hound them out though.
if they are not up to it then I will join the hounds - won't you?
Only if they are full of lies and are letting the club down.

If they are continuing the good work on/off the pitch, continuing to progress with the stadium purchase, youth development, overall club structure and not getting us into crippling debt, but stabilising the club (most importantly financially) then.......Hell no!

The muppets that I refer to are the ones have no thought or intelligence for the long term care of our club, but will change opinion instantly based on a result or a sentence from the manager. These fruitcakes cannot see the bigger picture.

Lucky Ferguson never came to us 30 years ago......he would not have lasted 5 minutes!!!!
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taff Ewe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Has to be said, everything that MA has said in the press so far has been so much better than his predecessor. Seems far more positive, hasn't come in and criticised the players at his disposal. He's identified the areas that need strengthening, but hasn't undermimed those already here. This all sounds like good man-management to me. Very encouraged by this.[/p][/quote]In fairness, we cannot judge like for like as he has not been involved in an horrendous losing run. Just remember, it is all very easy to say that they are saying the right things, but most new relationships are full of niceties and love making. After a couple of defeats the negatives will start saying "He is not good enough, using the same old excuses, etc" Yes it all sounds very promising, but a lot of those who are quick to praise will be just as quick to critisize. I think that Lenegan has done a superb stabilisation job, as the new owners say, a firm base to build from, but the guy has been slated endless by blind idiots. Now Kassam WAS bad news, there is a world of difference between the two. I hope that people will hold their tongue and not push these guys away if we do not go up, but they continue to push ahead with the stadium and continue development on and off the pitch. I assure you that the muppets will hound them out though.[/p][/quote]if they are not up to it then I will join the hounds - won't you?[/p][/quote]Only if they are full of lies and are letting the club down. If they are continuing the good work on/off the pitch, continuing to progress with the stadium purchase, youth development, overall club structure and not getting us into crippling debt, but stabilising the club (most importantly financially) then.......Hell no! The muppets that I refer to are the ones have no thought or intelligence for the long term care of our club, but will change opinion instantly based on a result or a sentence from the manager. These fruitcakes cannot see the bigger picture. Lucky Ferguson never came to us 30 years ago......he would not have lasted 5 minutes!!!! Taff Ewe
  • Score: 7

8:28am Fri 18 Jul 14

Brenda Jackson says...

''Lucky Ferguson never came to us 30 years ago......he would not have lasted 5 minutes!!!!''

I seem to recall that many at OT wanted him out before the 'Glory Days'?!
''Lucky Ferguson never came to us 30 years ago......he would not have lasted 5 minutes!!!!'' I seem to recall that many at OT wanted him out before the 'Glory Days'?! Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 0
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