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    Richard Wickson wrote:
    Davos P wrote:
    Richard Wickson wrote:
    That's good new, glad to see him happy to stay with us as I think CW would have liked him to follow him out,
    So where are the new faces????
    The clocks ticking!,!!
    What did you expect? Manager of five years leaves and it's business as usual? If you think that decent targets can be captured without a Manager of decent reputation, you're living in a dreamworld. It's amusing to me that all of you guys who wanted Wilder out are starting to realise the grass isn't greener!
    We have never thought the grass would be greener without Wilder. The Chairman and Mickey Lewis would have been well aware who the players Wilder wanted here were and surely have the necessary contacts to continue the hunt. It's hugely noticeable that Wilder has made four signings at NTFC already.
    Whilst I haven't been a Wilder out person, he did a reasonable job here but I really don't think he was the man to take us up, I don't think he should have been offered an extension at the end of last season based on last seasons performances, this season he has presided over a superb away record while presiding over a very poor home form and rapidly dwindling gates that have cost the club somewhere in the region of £500,000. Would you if you were Chairman have been prepared to offer him another contract until you knew whether we had achieved promotion or had to face another season in Division 4? Could the club afford too? I think it was inevitable he would jump ship and he proved those of us that held that opinion correct, whilst I didn't actively want rid of him I am pleased to see the back of him based purely on his tactics at home and the way he's turned the home fans off!
    I agree with some of what you've said particularly that he shouldn't have been allowed an early contract extension. I've been at the Kassam though many times this season and there's not necessarily a lack of ambition going forward or 'negative tactics' but the players didn't perform. Simple. I think the players deserved their share of critics. The away tactics this season and overall win percentage of Wilder showed he was a decent Manager. Anyway he's gone and we have to move on. It's a pity though that this is a major disruption to our season. Players will not want to come here and just because Lewis and co. were party to discussions, in the prospective players minds they don't know who they're boss is going to be. Too uncertain. What is certain though is losing Wilder now is a huge blow."
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Oxford United keeper Clarke signs new deal

Oxford Mail: Ryan Clarke Ryan Clarke

RYAN Clarke has committed his future to Oxford United after signing a new contract yesterday.

The goalkeeper put pen to paper on a two-year deal, with the club having the option of an additional 12 months.

It represents a significant gesture for both parties, as Clarke will be 35 if the contract runs its full course.

The former Bristol Rovers stopper has made more than 200 appearances for United since joining in 2009 and is delighted to extend the stay.

He said: “I have been made to feel welcome ever since I first came through the door.

“The fans have been brilliant with me, and the club is ambitious and always looking to move forward. “I feel as though the next few years should be when I am in my prime as a goalkeeper and I am looking forward to those years being with Oxford.

“We are in a very strong position in the league and I want to be part of what is happening here.”

Clarke, who admitted in November the lack of news about talks was playing on his mind, becomes the first of United’s key players out of contract this summer to negotiate a deal.

This season has been an impressive return to form for the U’s No 1, who was ruled out of the second half of the last campaign recovering from double shoulder surgery.

He has not missed a minute of competitive football since the summer and is a key part of the best defensive record in Sky Bet League Two.

The contract is timely, coming on the back of Tuesday night’s man-of-the-match performance in the goalless draw at Exeter City.

It was the fourth successive clean sheet in the league, where Clarke has not been beaten for more than six hours.

U’s chairman Ian Lenagan said: “Ryan worked very hard to come back from injury last season and has a great attitude. “He has improved year on year as a goalkeeper and he understands what the club is trying to build. “We are very pleased that he will be around to help us progress.”

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