Lenagan gives an update on search for Oxford United manager

Oxford United chairman Ian Lenagan

Oxford United chairman Ian Lenagan

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IAN Lenagan says the process of finding a new Oxford United manager is more than halfway complete.

The U's chairman watched from the directors' box at Spotland as the U's crashed to a 3-0 defeat against fellow promotion contenders Rochdale.

It is five weeks since the departure of Chris Wilder, but a decision on his replacement is not imminent.

Lenagan made it clear caretaker boss Mickey Lewis would stay in charge for the moment, despite the Dale defeat, and reiterated he was in no rush to make an appointment.

He said: "It's a very important process that we've got to get right for the next few years, so it's not something you rush into.

"Today was very disappointing for Oxford fans, for the players, for Mickey, for me. I was looking forward to a better performance than that, but it looked like players coming back from injury."

He added: "We are well on with the process. When you get 60 people applying for a job you have obviously got to give it a lot of time and effort."

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7:55pm Sat 1 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

Five weeks and he is only half way through selection????

By the time he actually appoints a young energetic manager the season will be over and we might just regret it, hurry up man and sort it out.
Five weeks and he is only half way through selection???? By the time he actually appoints a young energetic manager the season will be over and we might just regret it, hurry up man and sort it out. BigAlBiker
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8:50pm Sat 1 Mar 14

onthebench says...

Do not hurry up and get it wrong! IL is right to take his time.
I really hope I am wrong, but our midfield is simply not good enough (as I have said many times) with very little creativity or pace. A new
Manager needs time to bring his own players in and there just is not enough time to bed them in now.
We effectively played with only two midfielders today and it really showed. You simply cannot play without the ball and Rochdale dominated the possession.
Micky Lewis tries to play positively but playing so many forwards means our weak midfield is exposed even more.
Do not hurry up and get it wrong! IL is right to take his time. I really hope I am wrong, but our midfield is simply not good enough (as I have said many times) with very little creativity or pace. A new Manager needs time to bring his own players in and there just is not enough time to bed them in now. We effectively played with only two midfielders today and it really showed. You simply cannot play without the ball and Rochdale dominated the possession. Micky Lewis tries to play positively but playing so many forwards means our weak midfield is exposed even more. onthebench
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8:58pm Sat 1 Mar 14

dorsetyellows says...

Out of 60 , there must only be a handful that would be a top
Manager .
Out of 60 , there must only be a handful that would be a top Manager . dorsetyellows
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3:19pm Sun 2 Mar 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Five weeks and he is only half way through selection????

By the time he actually appoints a young energetic manager the season will be over and we might just regret it, hurry up man and sort it out.
Sometimes you want young and energetic, and sometimes you want experienced. Combining those three ingredients I think we should hire a bloke called Chris WIlder.

The jury is still out, but I think not giving WIlder a new contract sooner could well prove to be a huge mistake....
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Five weeks and he is only half way through selection???? By the time he actually appoints a young energetic manager the season will be over and we might just regret it, hurry up man and sort it out.[/p][/quote]Sometimes you want young and energetic, and sometimes you want experienced. Combining those three ingredients I think we should hire a bloke called Chris WIlder. The jury is still out, but I think not giving WIlder a new contract sooner could well prove to be a huge mistake.... BenkiuGuasu
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