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Oxford United open contract talks with Constable

Oxford Mail: James Constable, pictured in action against Bury, will be represented by his agent today for talks on a new contract with United chairman Ian Lenagan and caretaker manager Mickey Lewis James Constable, pictured in action against Bury, will be represented by his agent today for talks on a new contract with United chairman Ian Lenagan and caretaker manager Mickey Lewis

Long-awaited contract negotiations between Oxford United and James Constable are due to begin today.

The 29-year-old, nicknamed Beano, is the highest-profile member of the squad whose existing deals expire this summer.

A haul of 11 goals so far this season has put him on course to become their top scorer for the sixth successive season, and leaves him only three away from their all-time record.

Constable, who joined in 2008, is the longest-serving player in the squad and last month admitted he was “desperate” to stay.

In the absence of a permanent manager, Ian Lenagan is handling decisions on contracts, along with caretaker boss Mickey Lewis.

The U’s chairman has revealed he is scheduled to meet Constable’s agent, who is his father, Stuart, today and has also held talks with at least two other players.

Lenagan said: “Mickey and I are heavily involved in contract discussions with a number of players.

“We have had a lot of discussions with Josh Ruffels and Tom Newey and a number of other players.

“I’m not excluding anybody by mentioning those three.”

Lenagan has been clear he does not want a repeat of the end to last season, when the club had to make decisions on most of the first-team squad.

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke and youth team prospect Josh Ashby are the only players to sign new deals so far, but more appear to be in the pipeline.

Lenagan said: “It’s an ongoing thing and I’ve had years of experience of doing that with players in contract situations.

“I’m quite comfortable about where we are for the end of the season.”

United are among the promotion contenders, but there is no intention of waiting to see which division they will be in for the next campaign.

He added: “It’s a factor, but many of the players we are talking about – and this was Chris Wilder’s view as well as Mickey Lewis’s – is they are capable of playing in League One.

“There’s no panic about whether we are in League One or Two, but we obviously want to be in League One.”

  • JAMES Constable’s volley at Torquay United failed to make the final shortlist of five for the Mitre Goal of the Year at the Football League Awards later this month.

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1:21pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Doctor69 says...

And this news is the reason we will continue to struggle for goals. 11 goals, in all comps this season is pretty pathetic for our top goalscorer. We have needed a new number 9 for about 3 seasons or more but have failed to address the issue.

I wonder if we can sign Connelly on for a season, he has shown he knows where the net is!?!
And this news is the reason we will continue to struggle for goals. 11 goals, in all comps this season is pretty pathetic for our top goalscorer. We have needed a new number 9 for about 3 seasons or more but have failed to address the issue. I wonder if we can sign Connelly on for a season, he has shown he knows where the net is!?! Doctor69
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4:52pm Tue 4 Mar 14

oldun says...

Highly committed player (but shouldn't they all be) - not a high enough scorer at the 4th flight let alone the3rd. Nicknamed Beano , apparently
Highly committed player (but shouldn't they all be) - not a high enough scorer at the 4th flight let alone the3rd. Nicknamed Beano , apparently oldun
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5:06pm Tue 4 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

oldun wrote:
Highly committed player (but shouldn't they all be) - not a high enough scorer at the 4th flight let alone the3rd. Nicknamed Beano , apparently
Agreed, will run himself into the ground but a star striker he is not, every succesful team need a 20 goal a season striker, Beano does not fit into that mould, we need two of them.
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Highly committed player (but shouldn't they all be) - not a high enough scorer at the 4th flight let alone the3rd. Nicknamed Beano , apparently[/p][/quote]Agreed, will run himself into the ground but a star striker he is not, every succesful team need a 20 goal a season striker, Beano does not fit into that mould, we need two of them. BigAlBiker
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9:47pm Tue 4 Mar 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

OMG, how can you people be so thick?

Question: Who is Oxford United's ALL TIME leading goalscorer?

Case closed.
OMG, how can you people be so thick? Question: Who is Oxford United's ALL TIME leading goalscorer? Case closed. BenkiuGuasu
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11:05pm Tue 4 Mar 14

oldun says...

BenkiuGuasu wrote:
OMG, how can you people be so thick?

Question: Who is Oxford United's ALL TIME leading goalscorer?

Case closed.
Many goals in Conference . Give me a Connolly or a modern day Mooney any day - that type can score heavily in the 3rd flight (and above) . Constable (love him to pieces) would struggle to get many goals in the div above - great trier
[quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: OMG, how can you people be so thick? Question: Who is Oxford United's ALL TIME leading goalscorer? Case closed.[/p][/quote]Many goals in Conference . Give me a Connolly or a modern day Mooney any day - that type can score heavily in the 3rd flight (and above) . Constable (love him to pieces) would struggle to get many goals in the div above - great trier oldun
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5:42am Wed 5 Mar 14

adlibber says...

Not sure Constable is the man to lead strike force over next 2-3 seasons -he's not a predatory as he used to be- I'd rather see the money spent on youngsters keen to improve. Constable has been exceptional up until last two years but I think he's become stale. I'm concerned that Lenagan seems to think that it's not an issue if we remain in league two next season and maybe when he sees the balance sheet next season he might change his mind. If the owner shows such a lack of ambition I guess you can't blame the players for obliging either. Disappointing.
Not sure Constable is the man to lead strike force over next 2-3 seasons -he's not a predatory as he used to be- I'd rather see the money spent on youngsters keen to improve. Constable has been exceptional up until last two years but I think he's become stale. I'm concerned that Lenagan seems to think that it's not an issue if we remain in league two next season and maybe when he sees the balance sheet next season he might change his mind. If the owner shows such a lack of ambition I guess you can't blame the players for obliging either. Disappointing. adlibber
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7:53am Wed 5 Mar 14

OUFC1983 says...

BenkiuGuasu wrote:
OMG, how can you people be so thick? Question: Who is Oxford United's ALL TIME leading goalscorer? Case closed.
ALL TIME leading goalscorer for Oxford United is Graham Atkinson.

Who's the thick one now?
[quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: OMG, how can you people be so thick? Question: Who is Oxford United's ALL TIME leading goalscorer? Case closed.[/p][/quote]ALL TIME leading goalscorer for Oxford United is Graham Atkinson. Who's the thick one now? OUFC1983
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7:55am Wed 5 Mar 14

Dolly76 says...

No one can question Beano's commitment and he gives his all, like all players should and he clearly loves the club.

We do have to question whether he is a league 1 striker, but we are not there yet! I imagine there are several reasons why the club are looking to give him a new contract. The club isn't certain of promotion, so he would definitely be useful to us, if we find ourselves in league 1, we'll be able to get a fee for him from say, a league 2 club.
He is also the sort of player, who would get a massive boost from signing a new deal with 12 games to go and we'll hopefully see some goals from him. He has earned an opportunity and whilst we shouldn't be sentimental, loyalty plays it's part too.
No one can question Beano's commitment and he gives his all, like all players should and he clearly loves the club. We do have to question whether he is a league 1 striker, but we are not there yet! I imagine there are several reasons why the club are looking to give him a new contract. The club isn't certain of promotion, so he would definitely be useful to us, if we find ourselves in league 1, we'll be able to get a fee for him from say, a league 2 club. He is also the sort of player, who would get a massive boost from signing a new deal with 12 games to go and we'll hopefully see some goals from him. He has earned an opportunity and whilst we shouldn't be sentimental, loyalty plays it's part too. Dolly76
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9:23am Wed 5 Mar 14

bigchet says...

jc definitely deserves the offer of a new contract, end of story. as for people saying he would not score in div one lets worry about that if we get there he has shown his loyalty to the club and that means a lot to me and many supporters. similarly some people seem to question ian leneghan and the way the club is run and perceived limited investment , well the fact is that he has not got bottomless pockets and no one seems to be able to name another investor prepared to pump millions in as they are few and far between do they not remember life under the tender care of kassam and realise that we are still paying the price today.
jc definitely deserves the offer of a new contract, end of story. as for people saying he would not score in div one lets worry about that if we get there he has shown his loyalty to the club and that means a lot to me and many supporters. similarly some people seem to question ian leneghan and the way the club is run and perceived limited investment , well the fact is that he has not got bottomless pockets and no one seems to be able to name another investor prepared to pump millions in as they are few and far between do they not remember life under the tender care of kassam and realise that we are still paying the price today. bigchet
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9:59pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Richard Wickson says...

bigchet wrote:
jc definitely deserves the offer of a new contract, end of story. as for people saying he would not score in div one lets worry about that if we get there he has shown his loyalty to the club and that means a lot to me and many supporters. similarly some people seem to question ian leneghan and the way the club is run and perceived limited investment , well the fact is that he has not got bottomless pockets and no one seems to be able to name another investor prepared to pump millions in as they are few and far between do they not remember life under the tender care of kassam and realise that we are still paying the price today.
I do agree with you in regard to the fact he is loyal but this season he's hardly been prolific has he ? To me there is a huge problem with the way we train and coach our players and also the formations this club chooses. If you look at the players who have been at this club over the past 10 years and then compare their form when they have moved to another club serious questions do need to be asked. We are a club that is destined to remain in Division 4 and gates will continue to drop as supporters find other clubs to. Watch and/or other things to spend their hard earned money on, it's not just in our Division or City that football supporters are becoming turned off by clubs either, a good number of my work colleagues support Manchester United but with ever spiralling ticket prices, poor form this season and particularly Mr. Rooneyes ridiculous pay increase even they are becoming disenchanted and not renewing season tickets, I even know 2 Man City fans who didn't renew this season and won't next because as they say Football is now for the players, TV companies and corporate boxes not the ordinary fan. This club is in far better hands with IL than ever they were under Firobber Kassam but unless we score goals more frequently we are doomed to the lower reaches for a long time, simple as that!
[quote][p][bold]bigchet[/bold] wrote: jc definitely deserves the offer of a new contract, end of story. as for people saying he would not score in div one lets worry about that if we get there he has shown his loyalty to the club and that means a lot to me and many supporters. similarly some people seem to question ian leneghan and the way the club is run and perceived limited investment , well the fact is that he has not got bottomless pockets and no one seems to be able to name another investor prepared to pump millions in as they are few and far between do they not remember life under the tender care of kassam and realise that we are still paying the price today.[/p][/quote]I do agree with you in regard to the fact he is loyal but this season he's hardly been prolific has he ? To me there is a huge problem with the way we train and coach our players and also the formations this club chooses. If you look at the players who have been at this club over the past 10 years and then compare their form when they have moved to another club serious questions do need to be asked. We are a club that is destined to remain in Division 4 and gates will continue to drop as supporters find other clubs to. Watch and/or other things to spend their hard earned money on, it's not just in our Division or City that football supporters are becoming turned off by clubs either, a good number of my work colleagues support Manchester United but with ever spiralling ticket prices, poor form this season and particularly Mr. Rooneyes ridiculous pay increase even they are becoming disenchanted and not renewing season tickets, I even know 2 Man City fans who didn't renew this season and won't next because as they say Football is now for the players, TV companies and corporate boxes not the ordinary fan. This club is in far better hands with IL than ever they were under Firobber Kassam but unless we score goals more frequently we are doomed to the lower reaches for a long time, simple as that! Richard Wickson
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10:19pm Sat 8 Mar 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

OUFC1983 wrote:
BenkiuGuasu wrote:
OMG, how can you people be so thick? Question: Who is Oxford United's ALL TIME leading goalscorer? Case closed.
ALL TIME leading goalscorer for Oxford United is Graham Atkinson.

Who's the thick one now?
You because the answer is James Constable. Graham Atkinson scored 86 goals. James Constable overtook that figure this season.
[quote][p][bold]OUFC1983[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: OMG, how can you people be so thick? Question: Who is Oxford United's ALL TIME leading goalscorer? Case closed.[/p][/quote]ALL TIME leading goalscorer for Oxford United is Graham Atkinson. Who's the thick one now?[/p][/quote]You because the answer is James Constable. Graham Atkinson scored 86 goals. James Constable overtook that figure this season. BenkiuGuasu
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6:59pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ox14 yellows says...

ALL TIME leading goalscorer for Oxford United is Graham Atkinson.

Who's the thick one now?
You because the answer is James Constable. Graham Atkinson scored 86 goals. James Constable overtook that figure this season.

Errr, from the official website :-

Most Total Goals: Graham Atkinson, 107, 1959-74
ALL TIME leading goalscorer for Oxford United is Graham Atkinson. Who's the thick one now? You because the answer is James Constable. Graham Atkinson scored 86 goals. James Constable overtook that figure this season. Errr, from the official website :- Most Total Goals: Graham Atkinson, 107, 1959-74 ox14 yellows
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