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    Sid Snakey wrote:

    Whatever the final mechanics of who did what to whom, the reason Wilder is no longer at this club is because a section of fans campaigned constantly for him to leave. When Lenegan offered Wilder his last contract, most on this site called Lenegan a "bottler", and claimed he had not listened to the fans. For his part, Lenegan said he had heard the fans but felt Wilder was worth one last try on a short-term contract and hoped the fans would support the manager. No they effing could not.

    Given the veracity and certainty with which that section of fans insisted he was a dreadful manager and had to go in order to remove a "millstone round the neck" of the club, you would think those fans would be proud of their achievement and would still be standing by their beliefs that this is a "rubbish league" which any "half-decent team" would be able to get promoted from.

    But no, those "fans" have now changed their tune.

    Actually, it turns out now they had NOTHING TO DO with Wilder's departure. Apparently, this was all Wilder's idea, and maybe the Chairman had something to do with it as well.

    Also, apparently they are now "hopeful" that a new manager would be able to improve on what Wilder has achieved this season, and apparently Wilder was not that dreadful after all, it was perhaps just time for him to move on.

    I smell Billy Bulls**t.

    Come on you moaners and whingers and whiners and complainers. Take some **** responsibility for your actions. Stand by your earlier statements and proclamations. Be proud that you ousted Wilder and tell us how many points we are going to finish clear at the top of this rubbish league, with a new half-decent manager!!!
    I stand by every comment I made this season about Chris and his performance

    Of course he might have decided to leave partly because of how he may have viewed some fans thought of him

    I wish him well (he seemed a good guy)

    He was much better than most of those who have been asked to manage this club since the mid 90s

    Out of 10, I view his performance over he past two years as no more than 6.5 .
    (how do you view it?)
    I believe that he would not have taken the club up this year and I hope that any better managers apply

    If we go up at the end of the season , I won't be saying that Chris would not have done that. A futile exercise (not clear cut)

    If we don't go up - will others say that we would have done so?"
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Oxford United need a hungry young boss to fill Wilder's boots

That's me with Chris Wilder at Southend in 2011 when I was out injured

That's me with Chris Wilder at Southend in 2011 when I was out injured

First published in Sport

CHRIS Wilder’s departure after five years in charge of Oxford United has divided opinions.

Some are sad to see him go, while others are happy to watch him leave. Whatever your opinion, the fact is he had a success rate of nearly 46 per cent in 269 games, and you can’t argue with that.

So why did he leave the U’s for Northampton Town? I think it was a good time for the relationship to come to an end. Both parties needed a fresh start after they became comfortable, maybe even stale, and that is not a good thing in football or any relationship.

I think both United and Wilder can be happy with the situation.

Wilder gets to work his magic on another team that needs exactly what Oxford required in 2008.

He has a fresh challenge that will give him that excitement and drive you get with change.

Signing a three-and-a-half year contract gives him a cushion and time to get results.

United are left in a very healthy position in Sky Bet League Two and have a strong squad ready for the promotion push.

The manager’s job at Oxford United sells itself. It’s an attractive hot-seat for any manager looking for work or wanting to improve.

So who should the club employ as their next boss? Well, I think they should go for a hungry young manager on the rise, not someone who is established or has been there and done it.

He needs to be someone young enough to relate to modern day players, but still old enough to have had some of the old school upbringing.

He’ll understand what his players want and at the same time what they need. The new manager must be brave in his decisions and not scared to play home-growns like Tyrone Marsh or Callum O’Dowda in an important top-of-the-table clash if he feels they are the best players for the job.

Every team he puts out for United should reflect his hunger and desire to win.

He will be ambitious for the club and also for himself. He wants to move up the leagues and pit his wits against the best. It’s a relationship where both parties are using each other and they both know it.

It’s not cold or cynical. In fact, everyone gets what they want if it all goes to plan. Sounds so simple when said like that, doesn’t it? I wish my old gaffer every success and I believe he will do well at Northampton.

The next United manager will hopefully take the club to the next level and from strength to strength.

I am not in the running for the job as boss – the only application I have filled out recently was for my new gym membership!

So just like you, I await the press conference and unveiling of the new manager with interest.

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