Waddock admits he's relieved Oxford United season is over

Gary Waddock and Chris Wilder exchange words just before full time on Saturday

Gary Waddock and Chris Wilder exchange words just before full time on Saturday

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

GARY Waddock admitted he was pleased the season was over after Oxford United’s disastrous form was extended with a 3-1 defeat at Northampton Town.

It was a fitting sign-off for a side which has been in freefall for weeks, collecting eight points from the final third of the season.

The result was made all the more painful as it came against a team managed by Chris Wilder, who had moulded them into promotion contenders before leaving in January.

The rot had set in by the time Waddock arrived in March, but this was the seventh defeat of his eight games in charge.

United’s head coach has spoken of the need for change and is keen to begin the rebuilding process this week after a nightmare start.

“I’m pleased it’s finished,” he said.

“I have drawn a line under it already and now I’m looking to the future.

“We can’t look back and think ‘if only this or that had happened’.

“We are where we are and now I have an opportunity to do what I want to do.

“I said to the lads we should be celebrating getting into the play-offs. For whatever reason that hasn’t happened.

“Towards the back end of the season it’s not worked out, so there’s something fundamentally wrong.”

United looked dangerous early in Saturday’s match and opened the scoring through Ryan Williams.

But the loanee’s dismissal on 19 minutes changed the game and Northampton went on to dominate.

While Waddock felt the hosts’ goals were preventable, he pointed to the red card as the turning point.

He said: “I thought we started the game very well, we moved the ball around well and caused them problems.

“We got an opportunity and took it, but then a moment of madness in many ways cost us the game.

“It changed everything in the game. These things happen but it was a very silly thing that he did.”

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9:38am Mon 5 May 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

We all are, now go and get someone in who can do the job.
We all are, now go and get someone in who can do the job. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 3

9:46am Mon 5 May 14

Joe1 says...

DITTO
DITTO Joe1
  • Score: 1

9:48am Mon 5 May 14

dovepe says...

Let GW pick his team and His tactics.Give Him a chance.He can't play attacking football with defensive minded players.Big clear out.Then He will be judged!
Let GW pick his team and His tactics.Give Him a chance.He can't play attacking football with defensive minded players.Big clear out.Then He will be judged! dovepe
  • Score: 15

2:20pm Mon 5 May 14

Brenda Jackson says...

New owner, new manager, new coaching staff, a new squad of players, a finished stadium, and re-open the Priory. Thank you.

Oh, and save your money on sending reminders out, my memory serves me right- and performances at home the past season have been dire and disgraceful, so thanks but no thanks.
New owner, new manager, new coaching staff, a new squad of players, a finished stadium, and re-open the Priory. Thank you. Oh, and save your money on sending reminders out, my memory serves me right- and performances at home the past season have been dire and disgraceful, so thanks but no thanks. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: -3

3:25pm Mon 5 May 14

dave from witney says...

For me thank God that"s the end of another dreadful season. Looking forward to seeing who is shipped out and who we sign up. I for one, while disappointed with his win ratio, still feel that Waddock can get us up there with watchable football. A good clear out of some pretty mediocre players and roll on next August.
For me thank God that"s the end of another dreadful season. Looking forward to seeing who is shipped out and who we sign up. I for one, while disappointed with his win ratio, still feel that Waddock can get us up there with watchable football. A good clear out of some pretty mediocre players and roll on next August. dave from witney
  • Score: 9

5:44pm Mon 5 May 14

06RUSS says...

Brenda Jackson wrote:
New owner, new manager, new coaching staff, a new squad of players, a finished stadium, and re-open the Priory. Thank you.

Oh, and save your money on sending reminders out, my memory serves me right- and performances at home the past season have been dire and disgraceful, so thanks but no thanks.
And who's this new owner then? I'm not aware of anyone currently wanting to buy the club and throw money at it?
[quote][p][bold]Brenda Jackson[/bold] wrote: New owner, new manager, new coaching staff, a new squad of players, a finished stadium, and re-open the Priory. Thank you. Oh, and save your money on sending reminders out, my memory serves me right- and performances at home the past season have been dire and disgraceful, so thanks but no thanks.[/p][/quote]And who's this new owner then? I'm not aware of anyone currently wanting to buy the club and throw money at it? 06RUSS
  • Score: 8

7:02pm Mon 5 May 14

botleyboy says...

Possibly the least enjoyable season following the Us for years. Almost nothing to get excited about at home - complete disintegration. Not sure what the opposite of stepping up to the plate is, but we did it. Nobody seemed to want it. Top scorer with nine goals... And the reminders for next year's season tickets keep coming. Hmmm.
Possibly the least enjoyable season following the Us for years. Almost nothing to get excited about at home - complete disintegration. Not sure what the opposite of stepping up to the plate is, but we did it. Nobody seemed to want it. Top scorer with nine goals... And the reminders for next year's season tickets keep coming. Hmmm. botleyboy
  • Score: 0

7:24pm Mon 5 May 14

Brenda Jackson says...

06RUSS wrote:
Brenda Jackson wrote:
New owner, new manager, new coaching staff, a new squad of players, a finished stadium, and re-open the Priory. Thank you.

Oh, and save your money on sending reminders out, my memory serves me right- and performances at home the past season have been dire and disgraceful, so thanks but no thanks.
And who's this new owner then? I'm not aware of anyone currently wanting to buy the club and throw money at it?
You really think I was being serious, or are you a bit slow on the uptake?

It was, a tongue in cheek 'wish list' FYI.
[quote][p][bold]06RUSS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brenda Jackson[/bold] wrote: New owner, new manager, new coaching staff, a new squad of players, a finished stadium, and re-open the Priory. Thank you. Oh, and save your money on sending reminders out, my memory serves me right- and performances at home the past season have been dire and disgraceful, so thanks but no thanks.[/p][/quote]And who's this new owner then? I'm not aware of anyone currently wanting to buy the club and throw money at it?[/p][/quote]You really think I was being serious, or are you a bit slow on the uptake? It was, a tongue in cheek 'wish list' FYI. Brenda Jackson
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9:35pm Mon 5 May 14

GAVLA says...

Absolutely awful back end to the season. I fear for the yellows next season.
My main concern is Waddock. Although this has not been his team, surely if you are a good football manager you assess the squad and play to its strengths, even if it goes against your principles, until you get the chance to make changes.
Despite the weaknesses in the squad 8/9 defeats is appalling.
I am also growing tired of the boards call to the fans to back the team, to boost the budget for the manager.
Surely as astute business people they can see that the easiest way to get people back is to get the product right. If you know you are going to go and watch entertaining, winning football then you are going to want to keep going and also want to invite your mates.
If you know it is likely to be a shockingly poor workmanlike football, which more often ends in defeat then the average fan is going to think twice about shelling out their hard earned cash to watch rubbish.
The solution is clear to me. Get a winning team entertaining team full of committed players and the fans will come back.
Keep serving up rubbish then even the diehards will start look at alternative entertainment on a Saturday.
My worry is Waddock isn't the man to bring it. I really hope he proves me wrong as I don’t think I could stomach another relegation to the Conference.
I will be nervously watching the close season and praying he gets it right.
Please prove me wrong Gary.
Absolutely awful back end to the season. I fear for the yellows next season. My main concern is Waddock. Although this has not been his team, surely if you are a good football manager you assess the squad and play to its strengths, even if it goes against your principles, until you get the chance to make changes. Despite the weaknesses in the squad 8/9 defeats is appalling. I am also growing tired of the boards call to the fans to back the team, to boost the budget for the manager. Surely as astute business people they can see that the easiest way to get people back is to get the product right. If you know you are going to go and watch entertaining, winning football then you are going to want to keep going and also want to invite your mates. If you know it is likely to be a shockingly poor workmanlike football, which more often ends in defeat then the average fan is going to think twice about shelling out their hard earned cash to watch rubbish. The solution is clear to me. Get a winning team entertaining team full of committed players and the fans will come back. Keep serving up rubbish then even the diehards will start look at alternative entertainment on a Saturday. My worry is Waddock isn't the man to bring it. I really hope he proves me wrong as I don’t think I could stomach another relegation to the Conference. I will be nervously watching the close season and praying he gets it right. Please prove me wrong Gary. GAVLA
  • Score: 3

10:51am Tue 6 May 14

Oxokuba says...

GAVLA wrote:
Absolutely awful back end to the season. I fear for the yellows next season.
My main concern is Waddock. Although this has not been his team, surely if you are a good football manager you assess the squad and play to its strengths, even if it goes against your principles, until you get the chance to make changes.
Despite the weaknesses in the squad 8/9 defeats is appalling.
I am also growing tired of the boards call to the fans to back the team, to boost the budget for the manager.
Surely as astute business people they can see that the easiest way to get people back is to get the product right. If you know you are going to go and watch entertaining, winning football then you are going to want to keep going and also want to invite your mates.
If you know it is likely to be a shockingly poor workmanlike football, which more often ends in defeat then the average fan is going to think twice about shelling out their hard earned cash to watch rubbish.
The solution is clear to me. Get a winning team entertaining team full of committed players and the fans will come back.
Keep serving up rubbish then even the diehards will start look at alternative entertainment on a Saturday.
My worry is Waddock isn't the man to bring it. I really hope he proves me wrong as I don’t think I could stomach another relegation to the Conference.
I will be nervously watching the close season and praying he gets it right.
Please prove me wrong Gary.
good post - Agree on Waddock especially his first 8 games -no motivation or inspiration on players at all. Waddock needs more time but Lenagan taking a huge risk if by next xmas we're in bottom half of league and looking like relegation fodder. I honestly think if we go back to the Conference we'll be there fro a long time.
[quote][p][bold]GAVLA[/bold] wrote: Absolutely awful back end to the season. I fear for the yellows next season. My main concern is Waddock. Although this has not been his team, surely if you are a good football manager you assess the squad and play to its strengths, even if it goes against your principles, until you get the chance to make changes. Despite the weaknesses in the squad 8/9 defeats is appalling. I am also growing tired of the boards call to the fans to back the team, to boost the budget for the manager. Surely as astute business people they can see that the easiest way to get people back is to get the product right. If you know you are going to go and watch entertaining, winning football then you are going to want to keep going and also want to invite your mates. If you know it is likely to be a shockingly poor workmanlike football, which more often ends in defeat then the average fan is going to think twice about shelling out their hard earned cash to watch rubbish. The solution is clear to me. Get a winning team entertaining team full of committed players and the fans will come back. Keep serving up rubbish then even the diehards will start look at alternative entertainment on a Saturday. My worry is Waddock isn't the man to bring it. I really hope he proves me wrong as I don’t think I could stomach another relegation to the Conference. I will be nervously watching the close season and praying he gets it right. Please prove me wrong Gary.[/p][/quote]good post - Agree on Waddock especially his first 8 games -no motivation or inspiration on players at all. Waddock needs more time but Lenagan taking a huge risk if by next xmas we're in bottom half of league and looking like relegation fodder. I honestly think if we go back to the Conference we'll be there fro a long time. Oxokuba
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