I was not a happy Wanderer under manager Gary Waddock

My last game for Wycombe was in 2009 against Southampton in League One and here I’m getting the better of one Ricky Lambert, who went on to play for England. We lost that game 1-0 and overall, my spell with Wanderers was not the happiest

My last game for Wycombe was in 2009 against Southampton in League One and here I’m getting the better of one Ricky Lambert, who went on to play for England. We lost that game 1-0 and overall, my spell with Wanderers was not the happiest

First published in Sport

LAST Saturday, Oxford United unveiled Gary Waddock as their new head coach and he took charge of his first game away to Southend on Monday evening.

I can see why United chief Ian Lenagan appointed him as the man to succeed Chris Wilder because he knows how to lead a team to success.

Getting Aldershot back into the Football League 2007-8 and Wycombe Wanderers up into League One in 2010-11 are both on his managerial CV.

As there is no guarantee of success in football, to Lenagan this appointment would seem less of a gamble and more of a calculated risk.

Back in January when Wilder and United parted company, I spoke of wanting to see the U’s go for a hungry young manager on the rise, not someone who was established or had been there and done it.

So that’s why the appointment of Gary Waddock doesn’t excite me.

I have worked under Waddock during my time at Wycombe and that’s part of the reason I’m not excited.

On my 34th birthday on October 14, 2009, Wycombe appointed Waddock as the new manager, replacing Peter Taylor, and it didn’t turn out to be the best birthday present I had ever received.

Just like most new managers when they take over, individual meetings with players take place almost immediately and as team captain at the time, I was the first of them to meet with the new gaffer.

In that meeting, he asked for my opinion of the team and where I felt we needed improving. I gave him my honest opinion and truthful answers.

He spoke to me about his ideas, plans and the way he wanted to go forward. He also asked for my help as a senior player and team captain in getting players to believe in him and his methods.

I thought it was a positive meeting at the time, but soon realised it wasn’t – and it proved the theme of our short working relationship.

When Waddock did not pick me it obviously hurt and dented my professional pride, just like it would any player.

I can handle that and never took it personally because he wasn’t the first manager to ever overlook me in their starting XI.

My biggest disappointment was that I felt I should have been treated better than I was, handled differently and given more respect by Waddock and his staff.

I was banished from training with the first team, was made to train with the kids and had to do running sessions on my own on a Saturday morning. That was some of what I thought was unnecessary treatment handed out to me.

They were very ‘old school’, pretty prehistoric methods of excluding someone from your plans, when really all it takes is just a simple conversation between manager and player.

It all boils down to man management and that’s a skill you must have in the modern era of football.

If I saw Gary Waddock tomorrow I would shake his hand, as I bare no grudge against him. In fact as I see it, Wycombe’s loss was St Johnstone’s and Oxford United’s gain.

I hope United also gain from the new appointment, as I would love our handshake to be congratulating him on promotion to League One.

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3:12pm Wed 26 Mar 14

jack smart says...

i really do not think that this article helps we,the oxford united supporters get behind our new manager as the oxford mail said we should in their editorial last week
i really do not think that this article helps we,the oxford united supporters get behind our new manager as the oxford mail said we should in their editorial last week jack smart
  • Score: 26

3:15pm Wed 26 Mar 14

adlibber says...

That's you off Waddock's xmas card list Dubes
That's you off Waddock's xmas card list Dubes adlibber
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3:26pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Mark L says...

Is there really a need for this hang on with Dunes. This story makes him look a jealous idiot. Desperate from the OM to cling on to a player who played two seasons for us.
Is there really a need for this hang on with Dunes. This story makes him look a jealous idiot. Desperate from the OM to cling on to a player who played two seasons for us. Mark L
  • Score: 11

3:27pm Wed 26 Mar 14

William Stroudley, Sandford on Thames says...

A ittle bit bitter are we Dubes??
A ittle bit bitter are we Dubes?? William Stroudley, Sandford on Thames
  • Score: 10

3:40pm Wed 26 Mar 14

bigchet says...

not really necessary for dubes to make these comments at this time. he has obviously had issues with gw in the past and he is entitled to his opinion but it does tend to undermine gw in the eyes of some of our more critical fans who will be quick to find an excuse if things dont go our way.it may have been better for dubes to hold his counsel until we see how things progress.
not really necessary for dubes to make these comments at this time. he has obviously had issues with gw in the past and he is entitled to his opinion but it does tend to undermine gw in the eyes of some of our more critical fans who will be quick to find an excuse if things dont go our way.it may have been better for dubes to hold his counsel until we see how things progress. bigchet
  • Score: 13

3:43pm Wed 26 Mar 14

87oufc says...

So because you felt oppressed by Waddock he isn't a good choice for Oxford?
I have much respect for Dubes but this is a ridiculous story.
We all realise you're angry at not playing but it's not fair tarnishing others futures.
Young and hungry doesn't mean success - Accrington Stanley and James Beaty.
IL has taken a calculated risk but if anyone - I put my trust in him, like I have always said. It doesn't mean he has taken the right risk, that is promotion, but I feel he is qualified enough to make such a choice.
So because you felt oppressed by Waddock he isn't a good choice for Oxford? I have much respect for Dubes but this is a ridiculous story. We all realise you're angry at not playing but it's not fair tarnishing others futures. Young and hungry doesn't mean success - Accrington Stanley and James Beaty. IL has taken a calculated risk but if anyone - I put my trust in him, like I have always said. It doesn't mean he has taken the right risk, that is promotion, but I feel he is qualified enough to make such a choice. 87oufc
  • Score: 4

4:30pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Taff Ewe says...

It is not the best time to publish an article like this, however the OM obviously have an agreement with Dubes. I do not agree with certain comments on here though. Just because MD only played 2 seasons for us, it does not mean that he does not have a close affinity with Oxford and slagging off the guy for keeping close relations with OUFC is just not on.

As for the article, it is appalling for a manager to make any established player an outcast unless he is a major problem or is rocking the boat, however there are two sides to every story. If GW was being a jerk, then I hope he has learnt a lesson from this incident.
It is not the best time to publish an article like this, however the OM obviously have an agreement with Dubes. I do not agree with certain comments on here though. Just because MD only played 2 seasons for us, it does not mean that he does not have a close affinity with Oxford and slagging off the guy for keeping close relations with OUFC is just not on. As for the article, it is appalling for a manager to make any established player an outcast unless he is a major problem or is rocking the boat, however there are two sides to every story. If GW was being a jerk, then I hope he has learnt a lesson from this incident. Taff Ewe
  • Score: 5

5:03pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Dolly76 says...

It's not what Dubes says that I have an issue with, it's the timing of it.
GW has been in the job less than a week and I feel he deserves a bit of time to establish himself.
The local media do a great job of covering all things OUFC, but I think in this case, the Oxford Mail has got this one wrong.
It's not what Dubes says that I have an issue with, it's the timing of it. GW has been in the job less than a week and I feel he deserves a bit of time to establish himself. The local media do a great job of covering all things OUFC, but I think in this case, the Oxford Mail has got this one wrong. Dolly76
  • Score: 16

5:26pm Wed 26 Mar 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

Dubes has a regular column for the Oxford Mail, so it makes perfect sense for him to cast his opinion and share his experiences of the new manager.

There are of course two sides to every story. So it's up to us as fans to hear what Dubes has to say, and then be mature enough not to draw too much into it - and get right behind the new manager.

Dubes looks more like a boxer than an athlete (footballers should treat themselves as athletes) in the photo, so maybe that was an issue.

Waddock doesn't have a column, and it probably wouldn't be right for him to make a response.

We all have opinions, maybe reservations about the appointment - my view is that we had a really good thing in Chris Wilder. But regardless of those opinions and reservations, we MUST get behind Waddock - and believe that we can get promotion. If we finish in the play-offs, then it just takes a semi-final and final to realise that dream.

COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!!
Dubes has a regular column for the Oxford Mail, so it makes perfect sense for him to cast his opinion and share his experiences of the new manager. There are of course two sides to every story. So it's up to us as fans to hear what Dubes has to say, and then be mature enough not to draw too much into it - and get right behind the new manager. Dubes looks more like a boxer than an athlete (footballers should treat themselves as athletes) in the photo, so maybe that was an issue. Waddock doesn't have a column, and it probably wouldn't be right for him to make a response. We all have opinions, maybe reservations about the appointment - my view is that we had a really good thing in Chris Wilder. But regardless of those opinions and reservations, we MUST get behind Waddock - and believe that we can get promotion. If we finish in the play-offs, then it just takes a semi-final and final to realise that dream. COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!! BenkiuGuasu
  • Score: 4

6:28pm Wed 26 Mar 14

osler road says...

Needs some serious editing!!
Needs some serious editing!! osler road
  • Score: 0

8:45pm Wed 26 Mar 14

London_Ox says...

BenkiuGuasu wrote:
Dubes has a regular column for the Oxford Mail, so it makes perfect sense for him to cast his opinion and share his experiences of the new manager.

There are of course two sides to every story. So it's up to us as fans to hear what Dubes has to say, and then be mature enough not to draw too much into it - and get right behind the new manager.

Dubes looks more like a boxer than an athlete (footballers should treat themselves as athletes) in the photo, so maybe that was an issue.

Waddock doesn't have a column, and it probably wouldn't be right for him to make a response.

We all have opinions, maybe reservations about the appointment - my view is that we had a really good thing in Chris Wilder. But regardless of those opinions and reservations, we MUST get behind Waddock - and believe that we can get promotion. If we finish in the play-offs, then it just takes a semi-final and final to realise that dream.

COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!!
I respectably disagree with you BenkiuGuasu..

Whilst Dubes is now pursuing a journalist and media direction and I dont take issue against subjective and objective opinion, I don't think he should use his podium to aire personal grievances or dirty laundry against individuals for occurrences in the past. If he wants to stay in journalism, he needs to cut that out.. Otherwise he should just join Clarkson on the sofa at Top Gear..
[quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: Dubes has a regular column for the Oxford Mail, so it makes perfect sense for him to cast his opinion and share his experiences of the new manager. There are of course two sides to every story. So it's up to us as fans to hear what Dubes has to say, and then be mature enough not to draw too much into it - and get right behind the new manager. Dubes looks more like a boxer than an athlete (footballers should treat themselves as athletes) in the photo, so maybe that was an issue. Waddock doesn't have a column, and it probably wouldn't be right for him to make a response. We all have opinions, maybe reservations about the appointment - my view is that we had a really good thing in Chris Wilder. But regardless of those opinions and reservations, we MUST get behind Waddock - and believe that we can get promotion. If we finish in the play-offs, then it just takes a semi-final and final to realise that dream. COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!![/p][/quote]I respectably disagree with you BenkiuGuasu.. Whilst Dubes is now pursuing a journalist and media direction and I dont take issue against subjective and objective opinion, I don't think he should use his podium to aire personal grievances or dirty laundry against individuals for occurrences in the past. If he wants to stay in journalism, he needs to cut that out.. Otherwise he should just join Clarkson on the sofa at Top Gear.. London_Ox
  • Score: 1

11:51pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Eraser says...

I'm very disappointed with Dubes. He has gone down in my estimation. To publicly condemn the new manager of a club he allegedly loves based on some personal difference several years ago is disgraceful. He doesn't mention WHY he received this alleged treatment! GW cannot and will not respond I hope - so this is just a personal attack. Shame on Dubes , shame on Oxford Mail. A good journalist doesn't s##t in his own nest.
I'm very disappointed with Dubes. He has gone down in my estimation. To publicly condemn the new manager of a club he allegedly loves based on some personal difference several years ago is disgraceful. He doesn't mention WHY he received this alleged treatment! GW cannot and will not respond I hope - so this is just a personal attack. Shame on Dubes , shame on Oxford Mail. A good journalist doesn't s##t in his own nest. Eraser
  • Score: 1

7:46am Thu 27 Mar 14

The Black Prince was off-side says...

Dubes is not an OUFC legend, just a brief journeyman passing through so why the OM gives him this space is not fathomable. Personally during his time at Oxford I always found him self centred and a shade self important. He won a significant prize I gave at an award ceremony and never even said thankyou.
Dubes is not an OUFC legend, just a brief journeyman passing through so why the OM gives him this space is not fathomable. Personally during his time at Oxford I always found him self centred and a shade self important. He won a significant prize I gave at an award ceremony and never even said thankyou. The Black Prince was off-side
  • Score: 8

7:52am Thu 27 Mar 14

The Black Prince was off-side says...

Dubes is not an OUFC legend but a journeyman who gave us two years so why the OM provides him with a platform I do not know unless he is receiving very little money in order to break in to the media.. In this time with us I found him self centred and once when I had provided a substantial prize for a player award never even bothered to say thank you! GW may have been more discerning than CW!
Dubes is not an OUFC legend but a journeyman who gave us two years so why the OM provides him with a platform I do not know unless he is receiving very little money in order to break in to the media.. In this time with us I found him self centred and once when I had provided a substantial prize for a player award never even bothered to say thank you! GW may have been more discerning than CW! The Black Prince was off-side
  • Score: 1

8:58am Thu 27 Mar 14

cowleyman says...

sounds like sour grapes to me?
sounds like sour grapes to me? cowleyman
  • Score: 3

11:35am Thu 27 Mar 14

martico1 says...

Agree with all the above : poor journalistic judgement and very poor timing.

OM should take more care with what it rushes into print - just like all the other times when current players say they know they have to do better, and are 'up for it', only to show the opposite when they get on the pitch.

Now let's get back to what makes sense and give GW our full backing, just like our articulate and sensible chairman, whose money is what OUFC is spending.
Agree with all the above : poor journalistic judgement and very poor timing. OM should take more care with what it rushes into print - just like all the other times when current players say they know they have to do better, and are 'up for it', only to show the opposite when they get on the pitch. Now let's get back to what makes sense and give GW our full backing, just like our articulate and sensible chairman, whose money is what OUFC is spending. martico1
  • Score: 1

1:21pm Thu 27 Mar 14

steve mcavoy says...

A lack of class demonstrated by Duberry with this unnecessary self-indulgent piece, so far as I am concerned.
A lack of class demonstrated by Duberry with this unnecessary self-indulgent piece, so far as I am concerned. steve mcavoy
  • Score: 1

6:47pm Thu 27 Mar 14

YellowRose says...

I was very disappointed to read the column but surely it will finish soon, having run its course.
I was very disappointed to read the column but surely it will finish soon, having run its course. YellowRose
  • Score: 2

8:31pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Krustybiker says...

"bare no grudge"?? Do yoe mean "bear no grudge"? Proofread was it?
"bare no grudge"?? Do yoe mean "bear no grudge"? Proofread was it? Krustybiker
  • Score: 1

8:33pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Krustybiker says...

B$$$$y keyboard! you, not yoe. Why do I never spot them until I've posted?
B$$$$y keyboard! you, not yoe. Why do I never spot them until I've posted? Krustybiker
  • Score: 0

9:26pm Sat 29 Mar 14

boots17 says...

Its not just Dubes but Wycombe fans think OU owner is bonkers hiring but as people say give him a chance
Its not just Dubes but Wycombe fans think OU owner is bonkers hiring but as people say give him a chance boots17
  • Score: 2

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