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  • "BIG thanks to Chris Wilder and all he has done for OUFC. I wish you all the best with your new Northampton job and I hope and would not be surprised to see you keep them up. Welcome back the 2,500 stay away so called fans........next home match against Wimbledon will be a welcomed and needed bumper gate !? What will the moaning negative brigade now moan about on here ? No wonder or mystery that we had the best away record across the leagues as the away support are positive and actually support. Sadly the home form, the moaners and too many recent performances have not been good enough so let's hope that whoever does come in will put that right. Bad timing all this for me as if IL is to be believed then we had money to bring in a championship striker plus one other player if needed before the end of the transfer window which in my opinion was much needed to maintain a serious promotion push. Now we're looking for a new manager !? 'Fans' get yourselves back and support the club again, Lenagan, you've spoken well through this episode now please show us your ambition and that you are a man of your words and serious about helping Oxford to gain promotion by bringing in that new striker and appointing a great new manager to keep us moving onwards and upwards. Kitson get back on the pitch asap ! Any news on Jake Wrights injury ? Get behind Mickey Lewis and the boys for this interim period. We're only 4 points off top spot with a game in hand."
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Oxford United accept Wilder's resignation

Oxford United accept Wilder's resignation

Chris Wilder has resigned as Oxford United manager

Chris Wilder has resigned as Oxford United manager

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

OXFORD United have accepted Chris Wilder's resignation and agreed a compensation package which will allow him to take up a new role at another Sky Bet League Two club.

Northampton Town are expected to confirm Wilder as their new manager shortly.

The move this evening ends a confusing 24 hours for United.

After yesterday's 1-0 win over Torquay United, chairman Ian Lenagan said he understood the U's boss had resigned, only for Wilder to release a statement three hours later rejecting the claim.

The pair were in contact today and reached an agreement which paved the way for the 46-year-old to make the move to Sixfields.

Lenagan said: "First and foremost we thank Chris for five years of service at Oxford United.

"He has worked very hard and helped move the club from the Conference to becoming an established League 2 side.

"We are grateful for his efforts on behalf of Oxford but disappointed that he chose not to continue to the end of this season’s journey.  

“Today the formalities were completed to allow him to move on.

"The other club involved have acted professionally throughout the process and the two clubs have agreed a compensation deal that is satisfactory to Oxford United.

“We now move into a new era for Oxford United. The club has already started a thorough, professional search and interview process for the next permanent manager.”

Mickey Lewis, who was Wilder's assistant, agreed yesterday to become caretaker manager at United. His first game in charge will be away to Exeter City on Tuesday.

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