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Oxford United need a hungry young boss to fill Wilder's boots

Oxford Mail: 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

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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4:04pm Wed 29 Jan 14

oldun says...

Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age!
Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age! oldun
  • Score: 7

4:07pm Wed 29 Jan 14

oldun says...

Chris' win percentage would have almost certainly been much lower had we spent the last two seasons in League One - instead of 'bossing it' in League two.
Chris' win percentage would have almost certainly been much lower had we spent the last two seasons in League One - instead of 'bossing it' in League two. oldun
  • Score: -9

4:19pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

oldun wrote:
Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age!
I agree Oldun, irrespective of age it's who's best for the job. Jim Smith (first tenure) and Arthur Turner were both excellent managers for the club at the time and neither were what you would call, young.
Chris didn't do a bad job but had in my opinion, gone as far as he could with us.
Hopefully with someone new we can now move on and secure promotion.
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age![/p][/quote]I agree Oldun, irrespective of age it's who's best for the job. Jim Smith (first tenure) and Arthur Turner were both excellent managers for the club at the time and neither were what you would call, young. Chris didn't do a bad job but had in my opinion, gone as far as he could with us. Hopefully with someone new we can now move on and secure promotion. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 7

5:09pm Wed 29 Jan 14

London_Ox says...

Interesting article by Dubes, would have been nice for him to make some suggestions as to the hungry, young managers he would favor...
Interesting article by Dubes, would have been nice for him to make some suggestions as to the hungry, young managers he would favor... London_Ox
  • Score: 7

5:53pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

London_Ox wrote:
Interesting article by Dubes, would have been nice for him to make some suggestions as to the hungry, young managers he would favor...
Yes it would. Very clever these footballer turned journalists, they sit on the fence so much they must have a groove in their backsides. Just look at Gary Lineker, never commits one way or the other. Alan Shearer is another.
[quote][p][bold]London_Ox[/bold] wrote: Interesting article by Dubes, would have been nice for him to make some suggestions as to the hungry, young managers he would favor...[/p][/quote]Yes it would. Very clever these footballer turned journalists, they sit on the fence so much they must have a groove in their backsides. Just look at Gary Lineker, never commits one way or the other. Alan Shearer is another. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 7

6:11pm Wed 29 Jan 14

AylesburyOx says...

Well if Dubes wants to step up and take up the challenge is support him
Well if Dubes wants to step up and take up the challenge is support him AylesburyOx
  • Score: -10

7:15pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Sid Snakey says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
oldun wrote:
Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age!
I agree Oldun, irrespective of age it's who's best for the job. Jim Smith (first tenure) and Arthur Turner were both excellent managers for the club at the time and neither were what you would call, young.
Chris didn't do a bad job but had in my opinion, gone as far as he could with us.
Hopefully with someone new we can now move on and secure promotion.
Hopefully?

HOPEFULLY?????????

We're 6 points safely in the play-offs and 2 points off an automatic promotion spot FFS!!!!!

Please don't tell me we've made this huge change to get a new manager who HOPEFULLY will be a better manager than the one we've just let go, who HOPEFULLY will make a good impact and HOPEFULLY get us promoted???

No, no, no.

We were hopeful to start with mate.

If we've made this change it had better be because we believe we can do a whole lot better than bleedin' HOPEFULLY!

We've been told constantly how crap Wilder is for the past 8 months. Yet somehow, amazingly, magically we are fantastically well placed for promotion this year. We have a team that can do it, and key players returning from injury/suspension. The absolute minimum we can expect is automatic promotion now we are going to get a "decent" manager who is better than Wilder.

Anything less would be a total disaster!
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age![/p][/quote]I agree Oldun, irrespective of age it's who's best for the job. Jim Smith (first tenure) and Arthur Turner were both excellent managers for the club at the time and neither were what you would call, young. Chris didn't do a bad job but had in my opinion, gone as far as he could with us. Hopefully with someone new we can now move on and secure promotion.[/p][/quote]Hopefully? HOPEFULLY????????? We're 6 points safely in the play-offs and 2 points off an automatic promotion spot FFS!!!!! Please don't tell me we've made this huge change to get a new manager who HOPEFULLY will be a better manager than the one we've just let go, who HOPEFULLY will make a good impact and HOPEFULLY get us promoted??? No, no, no. We were hopeful to start with mate. If we've made this change it had better be because we believe we can do a whole lot better than bleedin' HOPEFULLY! We've been told constantly how crap Wilder is for the past 8 months. Yet somehow, amazingly, magically we are fantastically well placed for promotion this year. We have a team that can do it, and key players returning from injury/suspension. The absolute minimum we can expect is automatic promotion now we are going to get a "decent" manager who is better than Wilder. Anything less would be a total disaster! Sid Snakey
  • Score: 8

7:34pm Wed 29 Jan 14

oldun says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
oldun wrote:
Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age!
I agree Oldun, irrespective of age it's who's best for the job. Jim Smith (first tenure) and Arthur Turner were both excellent managers for the club at the time and neither were what you would call, young.
Chris didn't do a bad job but had in my opinion, gone as far as he could with us.
Hopefully with someone new we can now move on and secure promotion.
Hopefully?

HOPEFULLY?????????

We're 6 points safely in the play-offs and 2 points off an automatic promotion spot FFS!!!!!

Please don't tell me we've made this huge change to get a new manager who HOPEFULLY will be a better manager than the one we've just let go, who HOPEFULLY will make a good impact and HOPEFULLY get us promoted???

No, no, no.

We were hopeful to start with mate.

If we've made this change it had better be because we believe we can do a whole lot better than bleedin' HOPEFULLY!

We've been told constantly how crap Wilder is for the past 8 months. Yet somehow, amazingly, magically we are fantastically well placed for promotion this year. We have a team that can do it, and key players returning from injury/suspension. The absolute minimum we can expect is automatic promotion now we are going to get a "decent" manager who is better than Wilder.

Anything less would be a total disaster!
I love stating the obvious , only one club of those ending fourth to seventh will go up - how sure were we that we had a good chance of going up under Chris? Since the awful spell around the end of the year , I felt that Chris was unlikely to take us up (either by our finishing in the top three or via the play off lottery)
The right manager will increase our chances
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age![/p][/quote]I agree Oldun, irrespective of age it's who's best for the job. Jim Smith (first tenure) and Arthur Turner were both excellent managers for the club at the time and neither were what you would call, young. Chris didn't do a bad job but had in my opinion, gone as far as he could with us. Hopefully with someone new we can now move on and secure promotion.[/p][/quote]Hopefully? HOPEFULLY????????? We're 6 points safely in the play-offs and 2 points off an automatic promotion spot FFS!!!!! Please don't tell me we've made this huge change to get a new manager who HOPEFULLY will be a better manager than the one we've just let go, who HOPEFULLY will make a good impact and HOPEFULLY get us promoted??? No, no, no. We were hopeful to start with mate. If we've made this change it had better be because we believe we can do a whole lot better than bleedin' HOPEFULLY! We've been told constantly how crap Wilder is for the past 8 months. Yet somehow, amazingly, magically we are fantastically well placed for promotion this year. We have a team that can do it, and key players returning from injury/suspension. The absolute minimum we can expect is automatic promotion now we are going to get a "decent" manager who is better than Wilder. Anything less would be a total disaster![/p][/quote]I love stating the obvious , only one club of those ending fourth to seventh will go up - how sure were we that we had a good chance of going up under Chris? Since the awful spell around the end of the year , I felt that Chris was unlikely to take us up (either by our finishing in the top three or via the play off lottery) The right manager will increase our chances oldun
  • Score: 0

8:07pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
oldun wrote:
Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age!
I agree Oldun, irrespective of age it's who's best for the job. Jim Smith (first tenure) and Arthur Turner were both excellent managers for the club at the time and neither were what you would call, young.
Chris didn't do a bad job but had in my opinion, gone as far as he could with us.
Hopefully with someone new we can now move on and secure promotion.
Hopefully?

HOPEFULLY?????????

We're 6 points safely in the play-offs and 2 points off an automatic promotion spot FFS!!!!!

Please don't tell me we've made this huge change to get a new manager who HOPEFULLY will be a better manager than the one we've just let go, who HOPEFULLY will make a good impact and HOPEFULLY get us promoted???

No, no, no.

We were hopeful to start with mate.

If we've made this change it had better be because we believe we can do a whole lot better than bleedin' HOPEFULLY!

We've been told constantly how crap Wilder is for the past 8 months. Yet somehow, amazingly, magically we are fantastically well placed for promotion this year. We have a team that can do it, and key players returning from injury/suspension. The absolute minimum we can expect is automatic promotion now we are going to get a "decent" manager who is better than Wilder.

Anything less would be a total disaster!
Hopefully Sid we will go up but as Oldun pointed out only 4 teams go up, 3 automatically and 1 via the play off lottery. We have slipped up in a Division that was there for the taking, Chesterfield are now taking control, Rochdale are another that have got a grip on it Scunthorpe and Fleetwood will score goals more frequently than we do, that means us and four others battling for the 3 automatic spots. I am not saying we can't or won't do it, what I am saying if we had got a grip earlier and not wasted so many points at home we would be in pole position by now. We now face a battle and have to get going quickly, we presently have a lengthening injury list and a weak bench. We need a new striker or two and possibly even a midfielder that can provide more chances than our current players do. It's an uphill battle but I do believe with the right men in on the pitch and the right Manager we can do it, hopefully!!!
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age![/p][/quote]I agree Oldun, irrespective of age it's who's best for the job. Jim Smith (first tenure) and Arthur Turner were both excellent managers for the club at the time and neither were what you would call, young. Chris didn't do a bad job but had in my opinion, gone as far as he could with us. Hopefully with someone new we can now move on and secure promotion.[/p][/quote]Hopefully? HOPEFULLY????????? We're 6 points safely in the play-offs and 2 points off an automatic promotion spot FFS!!!!! Please don't tell me we've made this huge change to get a new manager who HOPEFULLY will be a better manager than the one we've just let go, who HOPEFULLY will make a good impact and HOPEFULLY get us promoted??? No, no, no. We were hopeful to start with mate. If we've made this change it had better be because we believe we can do a whole lot better than bleedin' HOPEFULLY! We've been told constantly how crap Wilder is for the past 8 months. Yet somehow, amazingly, magically we are fantastically well placed for promotion this year. We have a team that can do it, and key players returning from injury/suspension. The absolute minimum we can expect is automatic promotion now we are going to get a "decent" manager who is better than Wilder. Anything less would be a total disaster![/p][/quote]Hopefully Sid we will go up but as Oldun pointed out only 4 teams go up, 3 automatically and 1 via the play off lottery. We have slipped up in a Division that was there for the taking, Chesterfield are now taking control, Rochdale are another that have got a grip on it Scunthorpe and Fleetwood will score goals more frequently than we do, that means us and four others battling for the 3 automatic spots. I am not saying we can't or won't do it, what I am saying if we had got a grip earlier and not wasted so many points at home we would be in pole position by now. We now face a battle and have to get going quickly, we presently have a lengthening injury list and a weak bench. We need a new striker or two and possibly even a midfielder that can provide more chances than our current players do. It's an uphill battle but I do believe with the right men in on the pitch and the right Manager we can do it, hopefully!!! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 0

9:40pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Doctor69 says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
oldun wrote:
Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age!
I agree Oldun, irrespective of age it's who's best for the job. Jim Smith (first tenure) and Arthur Turner were both excellent managers for the club at the time and neither were what you would call, young.
Chris didn't do a bad job but had in my opinion, gone as far as he could with us.
Hopefully with someone new we can now move on and secure promotion.
Hopefully?

HOPEFULLY?????????

We're 6 points safely in the play-offs and 2 points off an automatic promotion spot FFS!!!!!

Please don't tell me we've made this huge change to get a new manager who HOPEFULLY will be a better manager than the one we've just let go, who HOPEFULLY will make a good impact and HOPEFULLY get us promoted???

No, no, no.

We were hopeful to start with mate.

If we've made this change it had better be because we believe we can do a whole lot better than bleedin' HOPEFULLY!

We've been told constantly how crap Wilder is for the past 8 months. Yet somehow, amazingly, magically we are fantastically well placed for promotion this year. We have a team that can do it, and key players returning from injury/suspension. The absolute minimum we can expect is automatic promotion now we are going to get a "decent" manager who is better than Wilder.

Anything less would be a total disaster!
You do realise wilder resigned. He wasn't sacked!
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Why young? Turner, Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Ian Greaves were not young when they cam here. Wright and Rix were. There are many managers in the lower two divisions who , whilst not young , have been successful in their recent (current) appointment . We must take the best whom we can afford - irrespective of age![/p][/quote]I agree Oldun, irrespective of age it's who's best for the job. Jim Smith (first tenure) and Arthur Turner were both excellent managers for the club at the time and neither were what you would call, young. Chris didn't do a bad job but had in my opinion, gone as far as he could with us. Hopefully with someone new we can now move on and secure promotion.[/p][/quote]Hopefully? HOPEFULLY????????? We're 6 points safely in the play-offs and 2 points off an automatic promotion spot FFS!!!!! Please don't tell me we've made this huge change to get a new manager who HOPEFULLY will be a better manager than the one we've just let go, who HOPEFULLY will make a good impact and HOPEFULLY get us promoted??? No, no, no. We were hopeful to start with mate. If we've made this change it had better be because we believe we can do a whole lot better than bleedin' HOPEFULLY! We've been told constantly how crap Wilder is for the past 8 months. Yet somehow, amazingly, magically we are fantastically well placed for promotion this year. We have a team that can do it, and key players returning from injury/suspension. The absolute minimum we can expect is automatic promotion now we are going to get a "decent" manager who is better than Wilder. Anything less would be a total disaster![/p][/quote]You do realise wilder resigned. He wasn't sacked! Doctor69
  • Score: 1

10:30pm Wed 29 Jan 14

alecw1 says...

Before he applies. ......no thanks Aidy Boothroyd!
Before he applies. ......no thanks Aidy Boothroyd! alecw1
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11:50pm Wed 29 Jan 14

BigCrompy says...

Hungry? SURELY we're going to offer to feed the poor blighter in return for his services..?

Unless of course you mean - ambitious?

Dreadful, awful football cliche...
Hungry? SURELY we're going to offer to feed the poor blighter in return for his services..? Unless of course you mean - ambitious? Dreadful, awful football cliche... BigCrompy
  • Score: 0

10:42am Fri 31 Jan 14

Sid Snakey says...

@Doctor69

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!!!
@Doctor69 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!!! Sid Snakey
  • Score: 1

11:41am Fri 31 Jan 14

oldun says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
@Doctor69

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?
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: @Doctor69 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!!![/p][/quote]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? oldun
  • Score: 1

12:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

karatavuk says...

Yes, Wilder jumped ship because he didn't have the courage to back himself to win promotion.
Yes, Wilder jumped ship because he didn't have the courage to back himself to win promotion. karatavuk
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