David Rush applies to join Oxford United as a coach

David Rush has offered to help Mickey Lewis

David Rush has offered to help Mickey Lewis

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Former Oxford United striker David Rush has applied to join the club's coaching staff.

The 42-year-old was a coach at Gateshead last year and was briefly served as caretaker manager before Gary Mills took over last September.

He is now keen to help out former teammate Mickey Lewis, who has been appointed as caretaker manager after Chris Wilder's resignation on Sunday.

Rush said: "I spoke to Mickey on Monday morning and he told me what the situation was.

"My CV has gone into the club and has been passed to the chairman, Ian Lenagan, applying for a coaching role.

"I think I can bring a lot to Oxford and it's a club that's always been close to my heart."

Rush made 107 appearances, scoring 24 times, in two and a half years for the U's, after joining from Sunderland for £100,000 in 1994.

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1:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Taff Ewe says...

The xmas parties would be good!
The xmas parties would be good! Taff Ewe
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1:43pm Tue 28 Jan 14

martinox173 says...

Not sure that 24 goals in 107 appearances is the sort of pedigree we need in a forwards coach. Even our forwards are more prolific than that!
Not sure that 24 goals in 107 appearances is the sort of pedigree we need in a forwards coach. Even our forwards are more prolific than that! martinox173
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2:32pm Tue 28 Jan 14

oufc64 says...

Taff Ewe wrote:
The xmas parties would be good!
lolled. Some of Ewe have got very long memories ......
[quote][p][bold]Taff Ewe[/bold] wrote: The xmas parties would be good![/p][/quote]lolled. Some of Ewe have got very long memories ...... oufc64
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2:38pm Tue 28 Jan 14

TeddOx says...

martinox173 wrote:
Not sure that 24 goals in 107 appearances is the sort of pedigree we need in a forwards coach. Even our forwards are more prolific than that!
Bonehead. All his goals were scored at a higher level than this one and he contributed a lot more in general play. I usually try to avoid the idiots posting in these threads but this is too much.

As it stands, he's not the man for the job but at least think before you post.
[quote][p][bold]martinox173[/bold] wrote: Not sure that 24 goals in 107 appearances is the sort of pedigree we need in a forwards coach. Even our forwards are more prolific than that![/p][/quote]Bonehead. All his goals were scored at a higher level than this one and he contributed a lot more in general play. I usually try to avoid the idiots posting in these threads but this is too much. As it stands, he's not the man for the job but at least think before you post. TeddOx
  • Score: 23

3:10pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Dolly76 says...

It is likely that who ever the new manager is, they would perhaps want to bring their own staff in, so it's unlikely that coaching positions would be looked at until a new manager is in place.
It is likely that who ever the new manager is, they would perhaps want to bring their own staff in, so it's unlikely that coaching positions would be looked at until a new manager is in place. Dolly76
  • Score: 8

3:22pm Tue 28 Jan 14

wayoutwest says...

Dolly76 wrote:
It is likely that who ever the new manager is, they would perhaps want to bring their own staff in, so it's unlikely that coaching positions would be looked at until a new manager is in place.
Whilst this is normally the case, if you read comments from IL elsewhere on this site it would seem that any new manager is likely to inherit the coaching staff that are currently at the club. Added to that is the fact that it looks like CW has no intention of 'raiding' OUFC for staff or players. Personally it will be interesting to see if there are any subtle changes made by ML in his caretaker spell or if he is indeed, as some of the more outspoken posters on here have tagged him, a CW clone/disciple. With regards to DR's coaching application i think it could be an addition worth making, the club have needed a forward coach for a while now and as TeddOx points out although Rushy's goal record wasn't exactly prolific I always felt that he was one of the cleverer forwards we have had over the years (at least on the pitch anyway!), it's certainly a more realistic appointment than that of Deano as the next manager.
[quote][p][bold]Dolly76[/bold] wrote: It is likely that who ever the new manager is, they would perhaps want to bring their own staff in, so it's unlikely that coaching positions would be looked at until a new manager is in place.[/p][/quote]Whilst this is normally the case, if you read comments from IL elsewhere on this site it would seem that any new manager is likely to inherit the coaching staff that are currently at the club. Added to that is the fact that it looks like CW has no intention of 'raiding' OUFC for staff or players. Personally it will be interesting to see if there are any subtle changes made by ML in his caretaker spell or if he is indeed, as some of the more outspoken posters on here have tagged him, a CW clone/disciple. With regards to DR's coaching application i think it could be an addition worth making, the club have needed a forward coach for a while now and as TeddOx points out although Rushy's goal record wasn't exactly prolific I always felt that he was one of the cleverer forwards we have had over the years (at least on the pitch anyway!), it's certainly a more realistic appointment than that of Deano as the next manager. wayoutwest
  • Score: 3

3:34pm Tue 28 Jan 14

mattyi says...

Theres only one man for the job and thats Jim Magiltonf
Theres only one man for the job and thats Jim Magiltonf mattyi
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4:37pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

martinox173 wrote:
Not sure that 24 goals in 107 appearances is the sort of pedigree we need in a forwards coach. Even our forwards are more prolific than that!
When you think that's about 1 in every 3.85 games that is more than our present strikers equate to this season and as Teddyox so eloquently put it was at a higher level than Division 4. I am sure he wasn't after the Managers job but our strikers may benefit from his help and advice. He's still around the game so is up to date with his skills and at the very least he has been prepared to come forward. All credit to him!
[quote][p][bold]martinox173[/bold] wrote: Not sure that 24 goals in 107 appearances is the sort of pedigree we need in a forwards coach. Even our forwards are more prolific than that![/p][/quote]When you think that's about 1 in every 3.85 games that is more than our present strikers equate to this season and as Teddyox so eloquently put it was at a higher level than Division 4. I am sure he wasn't after the Managers job but our strikers may benefit from his help and advice. He's still around the game so is up to date with his skills and at the very least he has been prepared to come forward. All credit to him! Richard Wickson
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4:56pm Tue 28 Jan 14

YellowRose says...

The Chairman is said to be in "no Rush to appoint..."!
The Chairman is said to be in "no Rush to appoint..."! YellowRose
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5:07pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

YellowRose wrote:
The Chairman is said to be in "no Rush to appoint..."!
Very droll !
What's happened to the new faces on the pitch Mr.Lenagan, surely Chris can't be taking them all the Cobblers.?
[quote][p][bold]YellowRose[/bold] wrote: The Chairman is said to be in "no Rush to appoint..."![/p][/quote]Very droll ! What's happened to the new faces on the pitch Mr.Lenagan, surely Chris can't be taking them all the Cobblers.? Richard Wickson
  • Score: 4

6:31pm Tue 28 Jan 14

AylesburyOx says...

He has a pint and he has a fight...
Lewis, Rush and Allen - all we need is Martin Gray back and it'll be 1996 all over again!
He has a pint and he has a fight... Lewis, Rush and Allen - all we need is Martin Gray back and it'll be 1996 all over again! AylesburyOx
  • Score: 2

7:17am Wed 29 Jan 14

badger86 says...

David Rush. He was always a bit of a disappointment I remember. Might get the odd goal playing towards London road but never likely to get a MoTM. Maybe we could get an all-star Oxford boozers 11. Three-man David Rush, John Durnin and Billy Whitehurst up front. Big Ron at the back
David Rush. He was always a bit of a disappointment I remember. Might get the odd goal playing towards London road but never likely to get a MoTM. Maybe we could get an all-star Oxford boozers 11. Three-man David Rush, John Durnin and Billy Whitehurst up front. Big Ron at the back badger86
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9:18am Wed 29 Jan 14

Dolly76 says...

I think his goal record was decent at a much higher level than we are now. My mind might be playing tricks, but I seem to remember he came of the bench a few times and scored late winners.
I went into the dressing room before the Orient game in 1994 and he scored the winner as a sub, I am sure he did that more than once.
It might not have been his debut, but it was certainly one of his early games for us.
I think his goal record was decent at a much higher level than we are now. My mind might be playing tricks, but I seem to remember he came of the bench a few times and scored late winners. I went into the dressing room before the Orient game in 1994 and he scored the winner as a sub, I am sure he did that more than once. It might not have been his debut, but it was certainly one of his early games for us. Dolly76
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4:08pm Fri 31 Jan 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

Love Rush... Always wore his heart on his sleeve. Never forget goals against scum and peterb..

Nigel Jemson for club doctor..
Love Rush... Always wore his heart on his sleeve. Never forget goals against scum and peterb.. Nigel Jemson for club doctor.. BenkiuGuasu
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