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  • "The pro Wilder brigade seem very bitter on here! Perhaps they believe that 'establishing the club in league two' is something to be celebrated? Or perhaps they think that falling attendances whilst being a top 6 club is normal? Is this the height of our ambition? Wilder deserves all the credit for reclaiming our league status but the last 3 years we have stagnated. Despite my criticism I always thought Wilder seemed like a decent man but his behaviour these last few days has made him look foolish and unprofessional. Lenagan has been very fair with Wilder, offering him a 12 month contract with the possibility of an extension based on results. Given that we have failed miserably in the final third of the season for last two years I think Lenagan was right to wait until end of this season. Wilder clearly disagreed and has manufactured a move away. I wish Wilder the best of luck at Northampton and I hope he takes Lewis and Melville with him.

    Renewed optimism and a real push for promotion is growing amongst fans and let's be honest there isn't a stand out team in this division so if we can string a few wins at home to coincide with our remarkable away performances promotion is easily achievable.

    Onwards and upwards - one day we'll have our ground too! Depriving Kassam of revenue he doesn't deserve would make me very happy."
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Oxford United accept Wilder's resignation

Chris Wilder has resigned as Oxford United manager

Chris Wilder has resigned as Oxford United manager

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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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