Oxford United's fans want action

U’s chairman Ian Lenagan won’t be rushed into making a decision on the new manager

U’s chairman Ian Lenagan won’t be rushed into making a decision on the new manager

First published in Sport Witney Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

Calls from Oxford United supporters for the club to make a swift decision over a new manager grew louder yesterday as the search for Chris Wilder’s replacement went past the 50-day mark.

After a promising start under caretaker manager Mickey Lewis, results have fallen away dramatically.

A run of two points from a possible 18 has seen the side slip out of top three contention and their play-off place is now coming under threat.

For many, a 3-0 defeat at Chesterfield on Saturday was a tipping point and they want to see a change before Friday’s home game with Hartlepool.

OxVox, the club’s supporters’ trust, have backed the club’s board in the past, but their committee released a statement yesterday urging action.

It read: “The position has been vacant for seven weeks and we’d hope that the board would be in a position to appoint a manager before this weekend’s fixtures.”

More than 1,100 had voted in a poll on the Oxford Mail website by 11pm last night and two-thirds wanted to see a new man in place this week.

Ian Lenagan has consistently stressed the search would not be rushed, with the priority on finding the right candidate via a thorough process.

The U’s chairman has declined to comment on the search in the last week and it is more than a fortnight since he said it was “more than 50 per cent complete”.

If it is impractical to bring someone in this week, OxVox urged United to give an update.

Joe Nicholls is involved with fans’ group the Yellow Army and while he can see why there has been little information, it is a source of frustration.

He said: “Virtually every fan I’ve spoken to since the weekend has said we need a manager now.

“I can understand the process is something the board can’t talk about openly, but with the season taking this nosedive, not hearing anything is a bit disappointing.

“Many people support the Lenagan vision. We are right behind that, but the fans are frustrated and the silence hasn’t helped.”

He added: “Mickey Lewis is a decent bloke and the fans love him, but he needs some help.

“We need someone to pick things up. Everyone is struggling and we need a lift.”

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10:32am Tue 18 Mar 14

smgpa03 says...

I am one of those fans that supports IL's vision. I recognise his abilities at (very) successfully running business and sport organisations and I feel very confident with him in charge that we will have a sound and sustainable football club.
Perhaps not quite "the dream" that us football fans wants to be instantly part of and there are issues. Letting CW go when he did (as opposed to the end of the season) was a mistake because Wilder would have (and has with Northampton) got more points than Lewis. Should he have recognised that Lewis wasn't up to the job ? I suspect he thought we could "wing-it" until the end of the season and doesn't have a plan B now we can't.
Having said that - he is Chairman of the "Man Utd" of the Rugby world so he knows his stuff and I want him with us bringing that experience into our football club.
Also, "knee-jerk" reactions may not get the right man for the job. After all, almost all the Managers immediately available are only available because they have failed at another club.
I almost can't believe I am saying this but I'm afraid we do not to be patient. The only thing I would demand right now is communication from the Board and a firm plan to season end - even if that is ML in charge until then, when a new man will be in - without fail. And hopefully, we will have hung on to a play off place.
I am one of those fans that supports IL's vision. I recognise his abilities at (very) successfully running business and sport organisations and I feel very confident with him in charge that we will have a sound and sustainable football club. Perhaps not quite "the dream" that us football fans wants to be instantly part of and there are issues. Letting CW go when he did (as opposed to the end of the season) was a mistake because Wilder would have (and has with Northampton) got more points than Lewis. Should he have recognised that Lewis wasn't up to the job ? I suspect he thought we could "wing-it" until the end of the season and doesn't have a plan B now we can't. Having said that - he is Chairman of the "Man Utd" of the Rugby world so he knows his stuff and I want him with us bringing that experience into our football club. Also, "knee-jerk" reactions may not get the right man for the job. After all, almost all the Managers immediately available are only available because they have failed at another club. I almost can't believe I am saying this but I'm afraid we do not to be patient. The only thing I would demand right now is communication from the Board and a firm plan to season end - even if that is ML in charge until then, when a new man will be in - without fail. And hopefully, we will have hung on to a play off place. smgpa03
  • Score: 23

10:57am Tue 18 Mar 14

Beau champ mummy says...

smgpa03 wrote:
I am one of those fans that supports IL's vision. I recognise his abilities at (very) successfully running business and sport organisations and I feel very confident with him in charge that we will have a sound and sustainable football club.
Perhaps not quite "the dream" that us football fans wants to be instantly part of and there are issues. Letting CW go when he did (as opposed to the end of the season) was a mistake because Wilder would have (and has with Northampton) got more points than Lewis. Should he have recognised that Lewis wasn't up to the job ? I suspect he thought we could "wing-it" until the end of the season and doesn't have a plan B now we can't.
Having said that - he is Chairman of the "Man Utd" of the Rugby world so he knows his stuff and I want him with us bringing that experience into our football club.
Also, "knee-jerk" reactions may not get the right man for the job. After all, almost all the Managers immediately available are only available because they have failed at another club.
I almost can't believe I am saying this but I'm afraid we do not to be patient. The only thing I would demand right now is communication from the Board and a firm plan to season end - even if that is ML in charge until then, when a new man will be in - without fail. And hopefully, we will have hung on to a play off place.
Disagree entirely think lenagan is the worst thing to happen to this club he is an egg chaser got no intrested in football which he has said in private and I believe is sucking us dry
[quote][p][bold]smgpa03[/bold] wrote: I am one of those fans that supports IL's vision. I recognise his abilities at (very) successfully running business and sport organisations and I feel very confident with him in charge that we will have a sound and sustainable football club. Perhaps not quite "the dream" that us football fans wants to be instantly part of and there are issues. Letting CW go when he did (as opposed to the end of the season) was a mistake because Wilder would have (and has with Northampton) got more points than Lewis. Should he have recognised that Lewis wasn't up to the job ? I suspect he thought we could "wing-it" until the end of the season and doesn't have a plan B now we can't. Having said that - he is Chairman of the "Man Utd" of the Rugby world so he knows his stuff and I want him with us bringing that experience into our football club. Also, "knee-jerk" reactions may not get the right man for the job. After all, almost all the Managers immediately available are only available because they have failed at another club. I almost can't believe I am saying this but I'm afraid we do not to be patient. The only thing I would demand right now is communication from the Board and a firm plan to season end - even if that is ML in charge until then, when a new man will be in - without fail. And hopefully, we will have hung on to a play off place.[/p][/quote]Disagree entirely think lenagan is the worst thing to happen to this club he is an egg chaser got no intrested in football which he has said in private and I believe is sucking us dry Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -51

11:16am Tue 18 Mar 14

MiddleBartonYellow says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
smgpa03 wrote:
I am one of those fans that supports IL's vision. I recognise his abilities at (very) successfully running business and sport organisations and I feel very confident with him in charge that we will have a sound and sustainable football club.
Perhaps not quite "the dream" that us football fans wants to be instantly part of and there are issues. Letting CW go when he did (as opposed to the end of the season) was a mistake because Wilder would have (and has with Northampton) got more points than Lewis. Should he have recognised that Lewis wasn't up to the job ? I suspect he thought we could "wing-it" until the end of the season and doesn't have a plan B now we can't.
Having said that - he is Chairman of the "Man Utd" of the Rugby world so he knows his stuff and I want him with us bringing that experience into our football club.
Also, "knee-jerk" reactions may not get the right man for the job. After all, almost all the Managers immediately available are only available because they have failed at another club.
I almost can't believe I am saying this but I'm afraid we do not to be patient. The only thing I would demand right now is communication from the Board and a firm plan to season end - even if that is ML in charge until then, when a new man will be in - without fail. And hopefully, we will have hung on to a play off place.
Disagree entirely think lenagan is the worst thing to happen to this club he is an egg chaser got no intrested in football which he has said in private and I believe is sucking us dry
Disagree entirely think lenagan is the worst thing to happen to this club he is an egg chaser got no intrested in football which he has said in private and I believe is sucking us dry

What a stupid thing to say. If he wasn't interested why would he put 4 million quid in to the club.
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smgpa03[/bold] wrote: I am one of those fans that supports IL's vision. I recognise his abilities at (very) successfully running business and sport organisations and I feel very confident with him in charge that we will have a sound and sustainable football club. Perhaps not quite "the dream" that us football fans wants to be instantly part of and there are issues. Letting CW go when he did (as opposed to the end of the season) was a mistake because Wilder would have (and has with Northampton) got more points than Lewis. Should he have recognised that Lewis wasn't up to the job ? I suspect he thought we could "wing-it" until the end of the season and doesn't have a plan B now we can't. Having said that - he is Chairman of the "Man Utd" of the Rugby world so he knows his stuff and I want him with us bringing that experience into our football club. Also, "knee-jerk" reactions may not get the right man for the job. After all, almost all the Managers immediately available are only available because they have failed at another club. I almost can't believe I am saying this but I'm afraid we do not to be patient. The only thing I would demand right now is communication from the Board and a firm plan to season end - even if that is ML in charge until then, when a new man will be in - without fail. And hopefully, we will have hung on to a play off place.[/p][/quote]Disagree entirely think lenagan is the worst thing to happen to this club he is an egg chaser got no intrested in football which he has said in private and I believe is sucking us dry[/p][/quote]Disagree entirely think lenagan is the worst thing to happen to this club he is an egg chaser got no intrested in football which he has said in private and I believe is sucking us dry What a stupid thing to say. If he wasn't interested why would he put 4 million quid in to the club. MiddleBartonYellow
  • Score: 39

11:22am Tue 18 Mar 14

Bumble08 says...

smgpa03 actually speaks a little bit of sense, we have to be honest, things under IL have been a thousand times better than they have for a long long time. He is an excellent businessman as stated by the above but that said most chairman are as that's how they come to be in charge of football clubs. My only real concern is that in ML we really don't have a manager that can cope with the players, he wasn't a top player (was a good player for us) and hasn't got much other than passion on his CV. I would love to see it work out for him but it clearly hasn't. There are so many good managers out there that could get the best out of the players until the end of the season. There are also some top football coaches that need to be given a chance, someone that has got the qualifications (unlike Lewis) that can also get the best from what we have. Just because you have played the game doesn't mean you can manage! I know of an excellent coach with great credentials and qualifications that has submitted his CV to the club that hasn't even had a response, does make you wonder if IL is actually looking or is content with league 2. Will be there as always on Friday hoping to have something to cheer and to start the weekend off of a good note! Come on you Yellows!!
smgpa03 actually speaks a little bit of sense, we have to be honest, things under IL have been a thousand times better than they have for a long long time. He is an excellent businessman as stated by the above but that said most chairman are as that's how they come to be in charge of football clubs. My only real concern is that in ML we really don't have a manager that can cope with the players, he wasn't a top player (was a good player for us) and hasn't got much other than passion on his CV. I would love to see it work out for him but it clearly hasn't. There are so many good managers out there that could get the best out of the players until the end of the season. There are also some top football coaches that need to be given a chance, someone that has got the qualifications (unlike Lewis) that can also get the best from what we have. Just because you have played the game doesn't mean you can manage! I know of an excellent coach with great credentials and qualifications that has submitted his CV to the club that hasn't even had a response, does make you wonder if IL is actually looking or is content with league 2. Will be there as always on Friday hoping to have something to cheer and to start the weekend off of a good note! Come on you Yellows!! Bumble08
  • Score: 19

11:43am Tue 18 Mar 14

Open your eyes says...

The owner goes to virtually every single game. He is a 70 year old man. Give him some credit. He has spent (invested probably isn't the best word) nearly £7m-£8m.

A few of our idiotic fanbase seem to want to drive him out based on the fact that he is taking his time in making the next managerial appointment. Yes we are all very frustrated and angry that it's taken 7 weeks and now he needs to show some steel and sort it out and communicate better with the supporters of Oxford United.

Oh and we are near the top of the table.
The owner goes to virtually every single game. He is a 70 year old man. Give him some credit. He has spent (invested probably isn't the best word) nearly £7m-£8m. A few of our idiotic fanbase seem to want to drive him out based on the fact that he is taking his time in making the next managerial appointment. Yes we are all very frustrated and angry that it's taken 7 weeks and now he needs to show some steel and sort it out and communicate better with the supporters of Oxford United. Oh and we are near the top of the table. Open your eyes
  • Score: 18

12:07pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Brenda Jackson says...

'Half full or half empty' seems to be the way at looking at the current managerial situation, it's half empty to my mind.
None of 'our fan-base' want to drive IL out, those who post suchlike on here are stirrers, swinedom fans, trolls -or all three.
In football terms I think IL has took his eye off the ball with regards getting a new manager in, he's now going into injury time of extra time a goal down- so he needs to put everything into getting back on terms.
All is not lost, yet, if someone is brought in to relieve ML from his torment.
'Half full or half empty' seems to be the way at looking at the current managerial situation, it's half empty to my mind. None of 'our fan-base' want to drive IL out, those who post suchlike on here are stirrers, swinedom fans, trolls -or all three. In football terms I think IL has took his eye off the ball with regards getting a new manager in, he's now going into injury time of extra time a goal down- so he needs to put everything into getting back on terms. All is not lost, yet, if someone is brought in to relieve ML from his torment. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 11

12:55pm Tue 18 Mar 14

william12 says...

Blame the Chairman /the manager.This situation is down purely to the lack of proffesionalism of the players.This is not a pub team although they play like one.These players are not good enough.A new manager wont make any difference.ML can only use what he has at the time, it seems a. they have all lost form or b. the opposition are a better team, looking at the results i would say b.
Blame the Chairman /the manager.This situation is down purely to the lack of proffesionalism of the players.This is not a pub team although they play like one.These players are not good enough.A new manager wont make any difference.ML can only use what he has at the time, it seems a. they have all lost form or b. the opposition are a better team, looking at the results i would say b. william12
  • Score: -15

1:16pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Wiggo71 says...

I'm sure we could persuade Ramon Diaz to part company with River Plate.........what could go wrong?
I'm sure we could persuade Ramon Diaz to part company with River Plate.........what could go wrong? Wiggo71
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Brenda Jackson says...

william12 wrote:
Blame the Chairman /the manager.This situation is down purely to the lack of proffesionalism of the players.This is not a pub team although they play like one.These players are not good enough.A new manager wont make any difference.ML can only use what he has at the time, it seems a. they have all lost form or b. the opposition are a better team, looking at the results i would say b.
Silly, the players have been affected adversely by not knowing who will manage them, and, ML the caretaker has not the heart or know how to do the job. In other words, the oufc team are a captain-less ship sailing onto an iceberg, unless they are put back on course.
I believe the players ARE good enough, the coaching and management are not up to standard, that's the problem.
[quote][p][bold]william12[/bold] wrote: Blame the Chairman /the manager.This situation is down purely to the lack of proffesionalism of the players.This is not a pub team although they play like one.These players are not good enough.A new manager wont make any difference.ML can only use what he has at the time, it seems a. they have all lost form or b. the opposition are a better team, looking at the results i would say b.[/p][/quote]Silly, the players have been affected adversely by not knowing who will manage them, and, ML the caretaker has not the heart or know how to do the job. In other words, the oufc team are a captain-less ship sailing onto an iceberg, unless they are put back on course. I believe the players ARE good enough, the coaching and management are not up to standard, that's the problem. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 9

4:56pm Tue 18 Mar 14

adlibber says...

MiddleBartonYellow wrote:
Beau champ mummy wrote:
smgpa03 wrote:
I am one of those fans that supports IL's vision. I recognise his abilities at (very) successfully running business and sport organisations and I feel very confident with him in charge that we will have a sound and sustainable football club.
Perhaps not quite "the dream" that us football fans wants to be instantly part of and there are issues. Letting CW go when he did (as opposed to the end of the season) was a mistake because Wilder would have (and has with Northampton) got more points than Lewis. Should he have recognised that Lewis wasn't up to the job ? I suspect he thought we could "wing-it" until the end of the season and doesn't have a plan B now we can't.
Having said that - he is Chairman of the "Man Utd" of the Rugby world so he knows his stuff and I want him with us bringing that experience into our football club.
Also, "knee-jerk" reactions may not get the right man for the job. After all, almost all the Managers immediately available are only available because they have failed at another club.
I almost can't believe I am saying this but I'm afraid we do not to be patient. The only thing I would demand right now is communication from the Board and a firm plan to season end - even if that is ML in charge until then, when a new man will be in - without fail. And hopefully, we will have hung on to a play off place.
Disagree entirely think lenagan is the worst thing to happen to this club he is an egg chaser got no intrested in football which he has said in private and I believe is sucking us dry
Disagree entirely think lenagan is the worst thing to happen to this club he is an egg chaser got no intrested in football which he has said in private and I believe is sucking us dry

What a stupid thing to say. If he wasn't interested why would he put 4 million quid in to the club.
Are there still people out there who don't realise beauchump is a Swindon Troll? Really?
[quote][p][bold]MiddleBartonYellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smgpa03[/bold] wrote: I am one of those fans that supports IL's vision. I recognise his abilities at (very) successfully running business and sport organisations and I feel very confident with him in charge that we will have a sound and sustainable football club. Perhaps not quite "the dream" that us football fans wants to be instantly part of and there are issues. Letting CW go when he did (as opposed to the end of the season) was a mistake because Wilder would have (and has with Northampton) got more points than Lewis. Should he have recognised that Lewis wasn't up to the job ? I suspect he thought we could "wing-it" until the end of the season and doesn't have a plan B now we can't. Having said that - he is Chairman of the "Man Utd" of the Rugby world so he knows his stuff and I want him with us bringing that experience into our football club. Also, "knee-jerk" reactions may not get the right man for the job. After all, almost all the Managers immediately available are only available because they have failed at another club. I almost can't believe I am saying this but I'm afraid we do not to be patient. The only thing I would demand right now is communication from the Board and a firm plan to season end - even if that is ML in charge until then, when a new man will be in - without fail. And hopefully, we will have hung on to a play off place.[/p][/quote]Disagree entirely think lenagan is the worst thing to happen to this club he is an egg chaser got no intrested in football which he has said in private and I believe is sucking us dry[/p][/quote]Disagree entirely think lenagan is the worst thing to happen to this club he is an egg chaser got no intrested in football which he has said in private and I believe is sucking us dry What a stupid thing to say. If he wasn't interested why would he put 4 million quid in to the club.[/p][/quote]Are there still people out there who don't realise beauchump is a Swindon Troll? Really? adlibber
  • Score: 5

5:00pm Tue 18 Mar 14

adlibber says...

smgpa03 wrote:
I am one of those fans that supports IL's vision. I recognise his abilities at (very) successfully running business and sport organisations and I feel very confident with him in charge that we will have a sound and sustainable football club.
Perhaps not quite "the dream" that us football fans wants to be instantly part of and there are issues. Letting CW go when he did (as opposed to the end of the season) was a mistake because Wilder would have (and has with Northampton) got more points than Lewis. Should he have recognised that Lewis wasn't up to the job ? I suspect he thought we could "wing-it" until the end of the season and doesn't have a plan B now we can't.
Having said that - he is Chairman of the "Man Utd" of the Rugby world so he knows his stuff and I want him with us bringing that experience into our football club.
Also, "knee-jerk" reactions may not get the right man for the job. After all, almost all the Managers immediately available are only available because they have failed at another club.
I almost can't believe I am saying this but I'm afraid we do not to be patient. The only thing I would demand right now is communication from the Board and a firm plan to season end - even if that is ML in charge until then, when a new man will be in - without fail. And hopefully, we will have hung on to a play off place.
How can you possibly say that Wilder would have got more points? He was riding the crest of a slump when he left.. I agree in part with your view of Lenagan's vison but leaving Lewis in charge for far too long may come back to haunt him. Lenagan will need to pull a large rabbit out of a hat if he wants attendances to increase next season. Barring a remarkable turnaround I can't see us anywhere but stuck in league two for another year.
[quote][p][bold]smgpa03[/bold] wrote: I am one of those fans that supports IL's vision. I recognise his abilities at (very) successfully running business and sport organisations and I feel very confident with him in charge that we will have a sound and sustainable football club. Perhaps not quite "the dream" that us football fans wants to be instantly part of and there are issues. Letting CW go when he did (as opposed to the end of the season) was a mistake because Wilder would have (and has with Northampton) got more points than Lewis. Should he have recognised that Lewis wasn't up to the job ? I suspect he thought we could "wing-it" until the end of the season and doesn't have a plan B now we can't. Having said that - he is Chairman of the "Man Utd" of the Rugby world so he knows his stuff and I want him with us bringing that experience into our football club. Also, "knee-jerk" reactions may not get the right man for the job. After all, almost all the Managers immediately available are only available because they have failed at another club. I almost can't believe I am saying this but I'm afraid we do not to be patient. The only thing I would demand right now is communication from the Board and a firm plan to season end - even if that is ML in charge until then, when a new man will be in - without fail. And hopefully, we will have hung on to a play off place.[/p][/quote]How can you possibly say that Wilder would have got more points? He was riding the crest of a slump when he left.. I agree in part with your view of Lenagan's vison but leaving Lewis in charge for far too long may come back to haunt him. Lenagan will need to pull a large rabbit out of a hat if he wants attendances to increase next season. Barring a remarkable turnaround I can't see us anywhere but stuck in league two for another year. adlibber
  • Score: -8

6:38pm Tue 18 Mar 14

iallan says...

Just speculation, but the search may be taking time due to their being some currently employed managers on the list of candidates to be interviewed. If I were in the Chairman's position, I might want to give consideration to one of them, but might not want to "tamper" with another club's season fortunes. Regardless of why he left, when the club lost Chris Wilder, it put the prospect of promotion at the end of the season in jeopardy. I would rather the club consider hiring a successful currently employed manager than one on the unemployment line. There is no guarantee anyone coming in for the last 6 weeks of the season is going to do any better than Mickey Lewis. As noted, the Chairman has spent several million pounds on the club to date. It is his call to make.
Just speculation, but the search may be taking time due to their being some currently employed managers on the list of candidates to be interviewed. If I were in the Chairman's position, I might want to give consideration to one of them, but might not want to "tamper" with another club's season fortunes. Regardless of why he left, when the club lost Chris Wilder, it put the prospect of promotion at the end of the season in jeopardy. I would rather the club consider hiring a successful currently employed manager than one on the unemployment line. There is no guarantee anyone coming in for the last 6 weeks of the season is going to do any better than Mickey Lewis. As noted, the Chairman has spent several million pounds on the club to date. It is his call to make. iallan
  • Score: 8

9:54pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Coyyellows says...

Ad liber. Pot kettle , Are you sure ? Your the biggest Swindon troll on here , coming on every week slating everything about oxford united , go back to Swindon , we don't need people like you we need oxford united supporters, get a life .
Ad liber. Pot kettle , Are you sure ? Your the biggest Swindon troll on here , coming on every week slating everything about oxford united , go back to Swindon , we don't need people like you we need oxford united supporters, get a life . Coyyellows
  • Score: 3

10:37pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Moobs says...

Nothing happens fast with Lenegan, we should know. 8 years and no progress.

He should be nicknamed the Tortoise
Nothing happens fast with Lenegan, we should know. 8 years and no progress. He should be nicknamed the Tortoise Moobs
  • Score: -10

1:19am Wed 19 Mar 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

IL thought he'd give ML a try as manager, and bring in a sporting director as opposed to a manager.

Now that plan has been proven craptastic, I don't know if there is even a proper plan b.

We heard there were bountiful applicants. Then we heard that people who didn't apply were being chased up.

All very well if you can bring in Pep Guardiola....

I have serious doubts as to whether IL knows what he's doing regarding all this.

We were unbeaten away all season under WIlder. I really dont understand those who say we would have slumped anyway. No supporting evidence.....

Brian Talbot is probably free I expect....Malcolm Shotton....Dave Kemp anybody? Mark Wrght? Bah....
IL thought he'd give ML a try as manager, and bring in a sporting director as opposed to a manager. Now that plan has been proven craptastic, I don't know if there is even a proper plan b. We heard there were bountiful applicants. Then we heard that people who didn't apply were being chased up. All very well if you can bring in Pep Guardiola.... I have serious doubts as to whether IL knows what he's doing regarding all this. We were unbeaten away all season under WIlder. I really dont understand those who say we would have slumped anyway. No supporting evidence..... Brian Talbot is probably free I expect....Malcolm Shotton....Dave Kemp anybody? Mark Wrght? Bah.... BenkiuGuasu
  • Score: -7

5:06am Wed 19 Mar 14

adlibber says...

Coyyellows wrote:
Ad liber. Pot kettle , Are you sure ? Your the biggest Swindon troll on here , coming on every week slating everything about oxford united , go back to Swindon , we don't need people like you we need oxford united supporters, get a life .
That's the kind of thing a swindon troll would say ... who's 'we'? are you the official spokesperson for every supporter? Tad arrogant of you to assume that mantle. If you think Beachump is an Oxford fan there's really not much I can do to improve your low IQ. I 'slate' the continuing disappointment of a team that sometimes doesn't deserve the support it gets from long suffering fans. If you think a potential 3rd successive failure to get out of this league is something to be celebrated then why not take your low expectations elsewhere?
[quote][p][bold]Coyyellows[/bold] wrote: Ad liber. Pot kettle , Are you sure ? Your the biggest Swindon troll on here , coming on every week slating everything about oxford united , go back to Swindon , we don't need people like you we need oxford united supporters, get a life .[/p][/quote]That's the kind of thing a swindon troll would say ... who's 'we'? are you the official spokesperson for every supporter? Tad arrogant of you to assume that mantle. If you think Beachump is an Oxford fan there's really not much I can do to improve your low IQ. I 'slate' the continuing disappointment of a team that sometimes doesn't deserve the support it gets from long suffering fans. If you think a potential 3rd successive failure to get out of this league is something to be celebrated then why not take your low expectations elsewhere? adlibber
  • Score: 1

7:51am Wed 19 Mar 14

Richard Wickson says...

Like you, Addlibber, I believe there are far too many OU fans who have very low expectations. I am often confronted by people telling me I expect too much, the thing is this club and the present crop of players have more potential than they are living up to and that's the frustrating thing. If they were total rubbish then you wouldn't expect a lot but, and give CW full credit, this lot were playing decent football tho miserable at that sad stadium we call home, they aren't bad players at what they did, however they are not a team that play passing football and for me, this has been there undoing particularly against the better sides that play that way. Sadly we will have to wait at least another season to see Promotion, something us long suffering fans would dearly love to see. The length of time IL has left the team in the charge of Mad Dog has clearly spoilt our chances this season, Mickeys a smashing chap but not a Manager and I firmly believe any new man coming in has to bring a new back room staff for this club to be true promotion material otherwise it will be one season up and back down. Us true, loyal fans must keep hoping that somehow the leech, Kassam, can be removed because only then will we truly progress! And progress is something that's badly needed.
Like you, Addlibber, I believe there are far too many OU fans who have very low expectations. I am often confronted by people telling me I expect too much, the thing is this club and the present crop of players have more potential than they are living up to and that's the frustrating thing. If they were total rubbish then you wouldn't expect a lot but, and give CW full credit, this lot were playing decent football tho miserable at that sad stadium we call home, they aren't bad players at what they did, however they are not a team that play passing football and for me, this has been there undoing particularly against the better sides that play that way. Sadly we will have to wait at least another season to see Promotion, something us long suffering fans would dearly love to see. The length of time IL has left the team in the charge of Mad Dog has clearly spoilt our chances this season, Mickeys a smashing chap but not a Manager and I firmly believe any new man coming in has to bring a new back room staff for this club to be true promotion material otherwise it will be one season up and back down. Us true, loyal fans must keep hoping that somehow the leech, Kassam, can be removed because only then will we truly progress! And progress is something that's badly needed. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 1

9:24am Wed 19 Mar 14

Joe1 says...

The result of the Poll will NOT make any difference to our Chairman. He will do it his way come what may.
The result of the Poll will NOT make any difference to our Chairman. He will do it his way come what may. Joe1
  • Score: 3

10:39am Wed 19 Mar 14

disco80 says...

BenkiuGuasu wrote:
IL thought he'd give ML a try as manager, and bring in a sporting director as opposed to a manager.

Now that plan has been proven craptastic, I don't know if there is even a proper plan b.

We heard there were bountiful applicants. Then we heard that people who didn't apply were being chased up.

All very well if you can bring in Pep Guardiola....

I have serious doubts as to whether IL knows what he's doing regarding all this.

We were unbeaten away all season under WIlder. I really dont understand those who say we would have slumped anyway. No supporting evidence.....

Brian Talbot is probably free I expect....Malcolm Shotton....Dave Kemp anybody? Mark Wrght? Bah....
We lost 5 at home with bully boy and we would have lost away at some point so now we are in our real league position now. Its a shame it looks like another season wasted but at least next season no **** in charge and we can really push next year
[quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: IL thought he'd give ML a try as manager, and bring in a sporting director as opposed to a manager. Now that plan has been proven craptastic, I don't know if there is even a proper plan b. We heard there were bountiful applicants. Then we heard that people who didn't apply were being chased up. All very well if you can bring in Pep Guardiola.... I have serious doubts as to whether IL knows what he's doing regarding all this. We were unbeaten away all season under WIlder. I really dont understand those who say we would have slumped anyway. No supporting evidence..... Brian Talbot is probably free I expect....Malcolm Shotton....Dave Kemp anybody? Mark Wrght? Bah....[/p][/quote]We lost 5 at home with bully boy and we would have lost away at some point so now we are in our real league position now. Its a shame it looks like another season wasted but at least next season no **** in charge and we can really push next year disco80
  • Score: 1

10:54am Wed 19 Mar 14

adlibber says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
Like you, Addlibber, I believe there are far too many OU fans who have very low expectations. I am often confronted by people telling me I expect too much, the thing is this club and the present crop of players have more potential than they are living up to and that's the frustrating thing. If they were total rubbish then you wouldn't expect a lot but, and give CW full credit, this lot were playing decent football tho miserable at that sad stadium we call home, they aren't bad players at what they did, however they are not a team that play passing football and for me, this has been there undoing particularly against the better sides that play that way. Sadly we will have to wait at least another season to see Promotion, something us long suffering fans would dearly love to see. The length of time IL has left the team in the charge of Mad Dog has clearly spoilt our chances this season, Mickeys a smashing chap but not a Manager and I firmly believe any new man coming in has to bring a new back room staff for this club to be true promotion material otherwise it will be one season up and back down. Us true, loyal fans must keep hoping that somehow the leech, Kassam, can be removed because only then will we truly progress! And progress is something that's badly needed.
Agree with most of that Richard - Wilder had his moments and at times our style of football was decent for this league but wilder had no plan B when his tactics were exposed by opposition. He played too safe at times and cost us a lot of points. Lenagan has,barring a remarkable turnaround made a grave mistake with Lewis in my view. Kassam will always be our curse but unless we attract Middle East or Russian billionaires to the club we're stuck with the soulless stadium for a long time. Promotion is the thing that can keep our spirits up. Genuinely surprised at Lenagan reluctance to remove Lewis earlier. It's sometimes hard to have high expectations when they keep getting lowered by the owner!
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: Like you, Addlibber, I believe there are far too many OU fans who have very low expectations. I am often confronted by people telling me I expect too much, the thing is this club and the present crop of players have more potential than they are living up to and that's the frustrating thing. If they were total rubbish then you wouldn't expect a lot but, and give CW full credit, this lot were playing decent football tho miserable at that sad stadium we call home, they aren't bad players at what they did, however they are not a team that play passing football and for me, this has been there undoing particularly against the better sides that play that way. Sadly we will have to wait at least another season to see Promotion, something us long suffering fans would dearly love to see. The length of time IL has left the team in the charge of Mad Dog has clearly spoilt our chances this season, Mickeys a smashing chap but not a Manager and I firmly believe any new man coming in has to bring a new back room staff for this club to be true promotion material otherwise it will be one season up and back down. Us true, loyal fans must keep hoping that somehow the leech, Kassam, can be removed because only then will we truly progress! And progress is something that's badly needed.[/p][/quote]Agree with most of that Richard - Wilder had his moments and at times our style of football was decent for this league but wilder had no plan B when his tactics were exposed by opposition. He played too safe at times and cost us a lot of points. Lenagan has,barring a remarkable turnaround made a grave mistake with Lewis in my view. Kassam will always be our curse but unless we attract Middle East or Russian billionaires to the club we're stuck with the soulless stadium for a long time. Promotion is the thing that can keep our spirits up. Genuinely surprised at Lenagan reluctance to remove Lewis earlier. It's sometimes hard to have high expectations when they keep getting lowered by the owner! adlibber
  • Score: 2

11:30am Wed 19 Mar 14

H.J.Harris says...

If the right man is not available yet, what I IL to do ?
Would we be any better off if the wrong person was appointed ? whoever gets the post will need a thick hide if he doesn't get the club promoted by the end of the first season in the job.
If the right man is not available yet, what I IL to do ? Would we be any better off if the wrong person was appointed ? whoever gets the post will need a thick hide if he doesn't get the club promoted by the end of the first season in the job. H.J.Harris
  • Score: 5

12:06pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Brenda Jackson says...

H.J.Harris wrote:
If the right man is not available yet, what I IL to do ?
Would we be any better off if the wrong person was appointed ? whoever gets the post will need a thick hide if he doesn't get the club promoted by the end of the first season in the job.
Nobody knows if the right or wrong person has been appointed- until they have had a fair crack at it.
So, your questions are invalid.
Imo, IL has taken far too long in announcing what he intends to do regarding the vacant manager's position, and, it's the uncertainty that has proven disastrous on the team and results, and- alienated the supporters. The Chairman HAS to respond to the unrest off and on the pitch, and I hope he has something pretty good to say.
[quote][p][bold]H.J.Harris[/bold] wrote: If the right man is not available yet, what I IL to do ? Would we be any better off if the wrong person was appointed ? whoever gets the post will need a thick hide if he doesn't get the club promoted by the end of the first season in the job.[/p][/quote]Nobody knows if the right or wrong person has been appointed- until they have had a fair crack at it. So, your questions are invalid. Imo, IL has taken far too long in announcing what he intends to do regarding the vacant manager's position, and, it's the uncertainty that has proven disastrous on the team and results, and- alienated the supporters. The Chairman HAS to respond to the unrest off and on the pitch, and I hope he has something pretty good to say. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: -1

1:47pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Southstandupper says...

Whilst we all agree we need a new manager and very soon, I do have some sympathy with IL. It is his money keeping us in business and I guess he feels he has the right to decide who he wants when he wants which if I were in his shoes I would probably do the same and take time in doing what I felt right with my investment. However, I do feel strongly that IL's communication skills with the fans is lacking. I feel he should update the fans as to where the club is in his search. If like I now suspect he wants to make an appointment at the seasons end then tell us and give a reason. Ok so many fans would not be happy but at least we would know the situation. Regarding the stadium I recall from many moons ago IL saying the money to buy the stadium was in place but FK was a difficult person to deal with (hope the jist is correct). If that is the case maybe a statement on the stadium would not be out of place along with the manager situation. I won't knock IL as he after all it is his and his families money keeping us going for which I for one am grateful but can he really run OUFC two days a week (as stated after KT left). Maybe perhaps this is why it is taking so long to sift the 60 odd applications!!!!!!. Lets hope Friday will bring us some cheer with a win and lift the gloom a little. The players need to show they are up for it and the fans deserve something special.
Whilst we all agree we need a new manager and very soon, I do have some sympathy with IL. It is his money keeping us in business and I guess he feels he has the right to decide who he wants when he wants which if I were in his shoes I would probably do the same and take time in doing what I felt right with my investment. However, I do feel strongly that IL's communication skills with the fans is lacking. I feel he should update the fans as to where the club is in his search. If like I now suspect he wants to make an appointment at the seasons end then tell us and give a reason. Ok so many fans would not be happy but at least we would know the situation. Regarding the stadium I recall from many moons ago IL saying the money to buy the stadium was in place but FK was a difficult person to deal with (hope the jist is correct). If that is the case maybe a statement on the stadium would not be out of place along with the manager situation. I won't knock IL as he after all it is his and his families money keeping us going for which I for one am grateful but can he really run OUFC two days a week (as stated after KT left). Maybe perhaps this is why it is taking so long to sift the 60 odd applications!!!!!!. Lets hope Friday will bring us some cheer with a win and lift the gloom a little. The players need to show they are up for it and the fans deserve something special. Southstandupper
  • Score: 3

2:04pm Wed 19 Mar 14

adlibber says...

Southstandupper wrote:
Whilst we all agree we need a new manager and very soon, I do have some sympathy with IL. It is his money keeping us in business and I guess he feels he has the right to decide who he wants when he wants which if I were in his shoes I would probably do the same and take time in doing what I felt right with my investment. However, I do feel strongly that IL's communication skills with the fans is lacking. I feel he should update the fans as to where the club is in his search. If like I now suspect he wants to make an appointment at the seasons end then tell us and give a reason. Ok so many fans would not be happy but at least we would know the situation. Regarding the stadium I recall from many moons ago IL saying the money to buy the stadium was in place but FK was a difficult person to deal with (hope the jist is correct). If that is the case maybe a statement on the stadium would not be out of place along with the manager situation. I won't knock IL as he after all it is his and his families money keeping us going for which I for one am grateful but can he really run OUFC two days a week (as stated after KT left). Maybe perhaps this is why it is taking so long to sift the 60 odd applications!!!!!!. Lets hope Friday will bring us some cheer with a win and lift the gloom a little. The players need to show they are up for it and the fans deserve something special.
good post SSU I agree with you on Lenagan I think he is an honest guy and my only criticism is the Lewis fiasco. Re Kassam/ground I'm sure it would appease fans if we broke the Kassam shackles and you're right if that happened Lenagan could plan properly for the future. Sadly everything is taking too long and goodwill has an expiration date. It's just a shame that we can't stop the rot on the field for the third consecutive season.
[quote][p][bold]Southstandupper[/bold] wrote: Whilst we all agree we need a new manager and very soon, I do have some sympathy with IL. It is his money keeping us in business and I guess he feels he has the right to decide who he wants when he wants which if I were in his shoes I would probably do the same and take time in doing what I felt right with my investment. However, I do feel strongly that IL's communication skills with the fans is lacking. I feel he should update the fans as to where the club is in his search. If like I now suspect he wants to make an appointment at the seasons end then tell us and give a reason. Ok so many fans would not be happy but at least we would know the situation. Regarding the stadium I recall from many moons ago IL saying the money to buy the stadium was in place but FK was a difficult person to deal with (hope the jist is correct). If that is the case maybe a statement on the stadium would not be out of place along with the manager situation. I won't knock IL as he after all it is his and his families money keeping us going for which I for one am grateful but can he really run OUFC two days a week (as stated after KT left). Maybe perhaps this is why it is taking so long to sift the 60 odd applications!!!!!!. Lets hope Friday will bring us some cheer with a win and lift the gloom a little. The players need to show they are up for it and the fans deserve something special.[/p][/quote]good post SSU I agree with you on Lenagan I think he is an honest guy and my only criticism is the Lewis fiasco. Re Kassam/ground I'm sure it would appease fans if we broke the Kassam shackles and you're right if that happened Lenagan could plan properly for the future. Sadly everything is taking too long and goodwill has an expiration date. It's just a shame that we can't stop the rot on the field for the third consecutive season. adlibber
  • Score: 2

5:14pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Coyyellows says...

Honestly adliber , it's ok , there's no shame in getting kicks out of going onto other clubs sites and being a weird depressant who can only post bad things about a team individuals . It's just very sad it takes up so much of your time . Now go back to the team you really support . Enoughs enough your making yourself look silly
Honestly adliber , it's ok , there's no shame in getting kicks out of going onto other clubs sites and being a weird depressant who can only post bad things about a team individuals . It's just very sad it takes up so much of your time . Now go back to the team you really support . Enoughs enough your making yourself look silly Coyyellows
  • Score: 0

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