Constable offered new contract as Oxford United release three

James Constable has been Oxford United's top scorer for the last six seasons

James Constable has been Oxford United's top scorer for the last six seasons

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James Constable has been offered the chance to stay at Oxford United following contract talks with the squad at the Kassam Stadium this morning.

The U's have also taken up the 12-month option on skipper Jake Wright's contract, but Deane Smalley, Sean Rigg and Scott Davies have been released.

Tom Newey will meet with head coach Gary Waddock tomorrow to discuss his future.

Wayne Brown, who was on a player/coach contract, will not be offered playing terms, but talks will follow about a coaching role.

Michael Raynes, whose original contract expired this summer, will stay after making enough appearances this season to activate a clause keeping him at the club for an additional 12 months.

Loan trio Ryan Williams, David Connolly and Nicky Wroe have all returned to their parent clubs.

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2:43pm Thu 8 May 14

YellowRose says...

All good .
All good . YellowRose
  • Score: 4

2:44pm Thu 8 May 14

darkskies says...

Now prove the doubters wrong James and smash that scoring record in an exciting and attacking team.
Now prove the doubters wrong James and smash that scoring record in an exciting and attacking team. darkskies
  • Score: 33

2:52pm Thu 8 May 14

Richard Wickson says...

I am speechless, too stunned to speak any more than this, at the moment, utterlly ridiculous that so many can be total failures when the season got tough but can be kept. What planet is Waddock on? Certainly not earth, he's as mad as they come. Waddock out now!
I am speechless, too stunned to speak any more than this, at the moment, utterlly ridiculous that so many can be total failures when the season got tough but can be kept. What planet is Waddock on? Certainly not earth, he's as mad as they come. Waddock out now! Richard Wickson
  • Score: -72

2:53pm Thu 8 May 14

Manor Born says...

I worry that Wright's relationship with the supporters has been permanantly and irrevocably damaged beyond repair. Hopefully this is not the case an inform, fully fit and up-for-it Jake Wright is a valuable asset to the club. When alongside Mullins, he looks a completely different player.

For me one of the biggest reasons are defence became so vulnerable was the loss of Mullins at a crucial time of the season and I do believe not enough has been made of this. Raynes is adequate cover, but as the York game shows is prone to making costly mistakes and I certainly wouldn't want him as first choice. Wright looks far more at ease and comfortable with Mullins beside him. You can tell he trusts Mullins, but hasn't got total faith in his partner when playing alongside Raynes.
I worry that Wright's relationship with the supporters has been permanantly and irrevocably damaged beyond repair. Hopefully this is not the case an inform, fully fit and up-for-it Jake Wright is a valuable asset to the club. When alongside Mullins, he looks a completely different player. For me one of the biggest reasons are defence became so vulnerable was the loss of Mullins at a crucial time of the season and I do believe not enough has been made of this. Raynes is adequate cover, but as the York game shows is prone to making costly mistakes and I certainly wouldn't want him as first choice. Wright looks far more at ease and comfortable with Mullins beside him. You can tell he trusts Mullins, but hasn't got total faith in his partner when playing alongside Raynes. Manor Born
  • Score: 15

2:54pm Thu 8 May 14

Manor Born says...

are defence??? Shoot me now - our of course.
are defence??? Shoot me now - our of course. Manor Born
  • Score: 3

3:05pm Thu 8 May 14

Roy Burton's shorts says...

Agree we must also keep Mullins. Hopefully Whing too. The shocking end-of-season form showed our lack of motivators on the park. I’m pleased that Wright has another 12 months. He had his worst season for the U’s - but form is temporary and class permanent.

Beano’s conversion record from chances to goals has always been poor. But what he’s never had – and really needs – is a good, young and lively strike partner.
Agree we must also keep Mullins. Hopefully Whing too. The shocking end-of-season form showed our lack of motivators on the park. I’m pleased that Wright has another 12 months. He had his worst season for the U’s - but form is temporary and class permanent. Beano’s conversion record from chances to goals has always been poor. But what he’s never had – and really needs – is a good, young and lively strike partner. Roy Burton's shorts
  • Score: 23

3:06pm Thu 8 May 14

BigAlBiker says...

Hmmm not what i wanted but i don't pay the bills.

Agree with the ones let go, but would have liked Hunt and Newey to be added to that list.

Agree with Beano, Wright etc, and lets hope Whingy gets match fit and plays like we know he can.
Hmmm not what i wanted but i don't pay the bills. Agree with the ones let go, but would have liked Hunt and Newey to be added to that list. Agree with Beano, Wright etc, and lets hope Whingy gets match fit and plays like we know he can. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 0

3:10pm Thu 8 May 14

dave from witney says...

Manor Born wrote:
I worry that Wright's relationship with the supporters has been permanantly and irrevocably damaged beyond repair. Hopefully this is not the case an inform, fully fit and up-for-it Jake Wright is a valuable asset to the club. When alongside Mullins, he looks a completely different player.

For me one of the biggest reasons are defence became so vulnerable was the loss of Mullins at a crucial time of the season and I do believe not enough has been made of this. Raynes is adequate cover, but as the York game shows is prone to making costly mistakes and I certainly wouldn't want him as first choice. Wright looks far more at ease and comfortable with Mullins beside him. You can tell he trusts Mullins, but hasn't got total faith in his partner when playing alongside Raynes.
I am pleased that the club are keeping Wright, Waddock says he wants to stay here so we have to believe him. Some fans have been a bit frustrated with Wright since Christmas and blamed it on his injury. The fact is that he did miss Mullins alongside him. I can see no reason why Wright will not be back to the form we know he is capable of once Mullins is fit.

Providing Constable is not going to be our main striker, then happy to see him stay. However not sure that the cull is as deep as we needed after the last desperate few months. Reckon Newey will be on his way though, there is no way the club can attack with our present full back pairing.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: I worry that Wright's relationship with the supporters has been permanantly and irrevocably damaged beyond repair. Hopefully this is not the case an inform, fully fit and up-for-it Jake Wright is a valuable asset to the club. When alongside Mullins, he looks a completely different player. For me one of the biggest reasons are defence became so vulnerable was the loss of Mullins at a crucial time of the season and I do believe not enough has been made of this. Raynes is adequate cover, but as the York game shows is prone to making costly mistakes and I certainly wouldn't want him as first choice. Wright looks far more at ease and comfortable with Mullins beside him. You can tell he trusts Mullins, but hasn't got total faith in his partner when playing alongside Raynes.[/p][/quote]I am pleased that the club are keeping Wright, Waddock says he wants to stay here so we have to believe him. Some fans have been a bit frustrated with Wright since Christmas and blamed it on his injury. The fact is that he did miss Mullins alongside him. I can see no reason why Wright will not be back to the form we know he is capable of once Mullins is fit. Providing Constable is not going to be our main striker, then happy to see him stay. However not sure that the cull is as deep as we needed after the last desperate few months. Reckon Newey will be on his way though, there is no way the club can attack with our present full back pairing. dave from witney
  • Score: 12

3:13pm Thu 8 May 14

brimptonyellow says...

I think it's hard to judge our front players on this season, given the total lack of support from midfield. Even a classic one-up-top player like Drogba or Ibrahimovic would have struggled with the negative tactics of Wilder, Lewis and (from what we've seen so far) Waddock. The only time we had a threat up front this season was when Connolly was playing up front with another striker. I feel sorry for Smalley but he hasn't performed well enough when given the chance; I have no doubt he will get picked up somewhere else in League 2 and he could well bang in 20 goals if he's given some service. I'm pleased for Beano because he deserves the record but I agree that his conversion rate is poor - again though, he isn't a one-up-front player. Look at the (few) goals we've scored in recent games and they have pretty much all come about because a midfield player (usually Ryan Williams) has broken from midfield and supported the forwards. It's hardly rocket science.

Anyway, I'm just praying for a more attacking outlook next season, whoever's in the team, as the last three have been truly awful to watch.
I think it's hard to judge our front players on this season, given the total lack of support from midfield. Even a classic one-up-top player like Drogba or Ibrahimovic would have struggled with the negative tactics of Wilder, Lewis and (from what we've seen so far) Waddock. The only time we had a threat up front this season was when Connolly was playing up front with another striker. I feel sorry for Smalley but he hasn't performed well enough when given the chance; I have no doubt he will get picked up somewhere else in League 2 and he could well bang in 20 goals if he's given some service. I'm pleased for Beano because he deserves the record but I agree that his conversion rate is poor - again though, he isn't a one-up-front player. Look at the (few) goals we've scored in recent games and they have pretty much all come about because a midfield player (usually Ryan Williams) has broken from midfield and supported the forwards. It's hardly rocket science. Anyway, I'm just praying for a more attacking outlook next season, whoever's in the team, as the last three have been truly awful to watch. brimptonyellow
  • Score: 14

3:26pm Thu 8 May 14

greengarden says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
I am speechless, too stunned to speak any more than this, at the moment, utterlly ridiculous that so many can be total failures when the season got tough but can be kept. What planet is Waddock on? Certainly not earth, he's as mad as they come. Waddock out now!
you really are an idiot aren't you!!!

and where does the money come from to replace the entire play squad??

we are where we are and until a money bags owner comes in, you and many others need a serious reality check.

....and you think Waddock is the problem - please get real Mr Wickson, you have absolutely no idea of the budget and strings that have been applied to his rebuild job.

I'm just stunned with comments like this from people like you and many others on this board.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: I am speechless, too stunned to speak any more than this, at the moment, utterlly ridiculous that so many can be total failures when the season got tough but can be kept. What planet is Waddock on? Certainly not earth, he's as mad as they come. Waddock out now![/p][/quote]you really are an idiot aren't you!!! and where does the money come from to replace the entire play squad?? we are where we are and until a money bags owner comes in, you and many others need a serious reality check. ....and you think Waddock is the problem - please get real Mr Wickson, you have absolutely no idea of the budget and strings that have been applied to his rebuild job. I'm just stunned with comments like this from people like you and many others on this board. greengarden
  • Score: 40

3:38pm Thu 8 May 14

Open your eyes says...

I expected more of a clear-out after Waddock's recent comments in the press. Of course tomorrow may see the end of Newey but if not we have let only 3 players depart, plus Wayne Brown.

How's that shaking things up?
I expected more of a clear-out after Waddock's recent comments in the press. Of course tomorrow may see the end of Newey but if not we have let only 3 players depart, plus Wayne Brown. How's that shaking things up? Open your eyes
  • Score: 4

3:44pm Thu 8 May 14

Manor Born says...

dave from witney wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
I worry that Wright's relationship with the supporters has been permanantly and irrevocably damaged beyond repair. Hopefully this is not the case an inform, fully fit and up-for-it Jake Wright is a valuable asset to the club. When alongside Mullins, he looks a completely different player.

For me one of the biggest reasons are defence became so vulnerable was the loss of Mullins at a crucial time of the season and I do believe not enough has been made of this. Raynes is adequate cover, but as the York game shows is prone to making costly mistakes and I certainly wouldn't want him as first choice. Wright looks far more at ease and comfortable with Mullins beside him. You can tell he trusts Mullins, but hasn't got total faith in his partner when playing alongside Raynes.
I am pleased that the club are keeping Wright, Waddock says he wants to stay here so we have to believe him. Some fans have been a bit frustrated with Wright since Christmas and blamed it on his injury. The fact is that he did miss Mullins alongside him. I can see no reason why Wright will not be back to the form we know he is capable of once Mullins is fit.

Providing Constable is not going to be our main striker, then happy to see him stay. However not sure that the cull is as deep as we needed after the last desperate few months. Reckon Newey will be on his way though, there is no way the club can attack with our present full back pairing.
A fit Wright and Mullins make one of the best central pairings in this division. I hope you're right!
[quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: I worry that Wright's relationship with the supporters has been permanantly and irrevocably damaged beyond repair. Hopefully this is not the case an inform, fully fit and up-for-it Jake Wright is a valuable asset to the club. When alongside Mullins, he looks a completely different player. For me one of the biggest reasons are defence became so vulnerable was the loss of Mullins at a crucial time of the season and I do believe not enough has been made of this. Raynes is adequate cover, but as the York game shows is prone to making costly mistakes and I certainly wouldn't want him as first choice. Wright looks far more at ease and comfortable with Mullins beside him. You can tell he trusts Mullins, but hasn't got total faith in his partner when playing alongside Raynes.[/p][/quote]I am pleased that the club are keeping Wright, Waddock says he wants to stay here so we have to believe him. Some fans have been a bit frustrated with Wright since Christmas and blamed it on his injury. The fact is that he did miss Mullins alongside him. I can see no reason why Wright will not be back to the form we know he is capable of once Mullins is fit. Providing Constable is not going to be our main striker, then happy to see him stay. However not sure that the cull is as deep as we needed after the last desperate few months. Reckon Newey will be on his way though, there is no way the club can attack with our present full back pairing.[/p][/quote]A fit Wright and Mullins make one of the best central pairings in this division. I hope you're right! Manor Born
  • Score: 8

3:48pm Thu 8 May 14

shouldn't say anything says...

Yesss!
Excellent - hope he takes the offer up.

With different and more positive tactics -

like support for lone striker who has played the majority of the league campaign as ONE against FIVE

& had sole responsibility for covering every blade of grass in the attacking third to continually physically' harangue' / harry / pressurize the opposition thus being bolloxed for critical moments

with Attacking & supporting football - at last taking the game to the opposition

i think this could be equivalent to a second wind and new lease of life
:)
Yesss! Excellent - hope he takes the offer up. With different and more positive tactics - like support for lone striker who has played the majority of the league campaign as ONE against FIVE & had sole responsibility for covering every blade of grass in the attacking third to continually physically' harangue' / harry / pressurize the opposition thus being bolloxed for critical moments with Attacking & supporting football - at last taking the game to the opposition i think this could be equivalent to a second wind and new lease of life :) shouldn't say anything
  • Score: 18

4:24pm Thu 8 May 14

oldun says...

Depressing - next season,James won't get more than 10 League goals .A great trier - fans' favourite. He and non leader quiet man Wright should not have bee given contracts. Hope I am wrong and James gets 20 plus League goals.Mid table mediocrity heading our way again. Yep - this will attract more minus clicks than plus ones (not that many read my old man rambles) .
Depressing - next season,James won't get more than 10 League goals .A great trier - fans' favourite. He and non leader quiet man Wright should not have bee given contracts. Hope I am wrong and James gets 20 plus League goals.Mid table mediocrity heading our way again. Yep - this will attract more minus clicks than plus ones (not that many read my old man rambles) . oldun
  • Score: -33

4:26pm Thu 8 May 14

oldun says...

Newey and Hunt - awful players
Newey and Hunt - awful players oldun
  • Score: 8

4:37pm Thu 8 May 14

OUFC 4 EVA says...

What a shame that carthorse Raynes has played enough games that we're forced to keep him! Get rid of Newey and Hunt as well i say and hopefully Dave 'i'm going to stand around and "play" where i want' Kitson will retire and free up his massive wage to get an actual goalscorer in!
What a shame that carthorse Raynes has played enough games that we're forced to keep him! Get rid of Newey and Hunt as well i say and hopefully Dave 'i'm going to stand around and "play" where i want' Kitson will retire and free up his massive wage to get an actual goalscorer in! OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: -2

4:42pm Thu 8 May 14

bigchet says...

dont know what the budget is for next season but a priority must be a supportive partner for jc up front and an experienced attack minded midfielder. am surprised that only three have been released but it depends on what funds il is prepared to release so lets hope that waddock has targets in mind already.
dont know what the budget is for next season but a priority must be a supportive partner for jc up front and an experienced attack minded midfielder. am surprised that only three have been released but it depends on what funds il is prepared to release so lets hope that waddock has targets in mind already. bigchet
  • Score: 7

4:48pm Thu 8 May 14

South Upper 87 says...

Not sure that this is the end of the 'clear out', I reckon two or three players already on contract will be listed tomorrow. There is no way Waddock can rebuild by just releasing three of the squad plus the three loanees. As for Constable, I am certainly not against a new contract, probably on reduced terms. If he stay as our second or even third choice up front, all well and good. He is a very good club man and when you speak to him, he is Oxford through and through. Hope he accepts the terms offered and maybe a really good front man signing will inspire him. A lot of his problems may just be due to us failing to have an attacking coach.
Not sure that this is the end of the 'clear out', I reckon two or three players already on contract will be listed tomorrow. There is no way Waddock can rebuild by just releasing three of the squad plus the three loanees. As for Constable, I am certainly not against a new contract, probably on reduced terms. If he stay as our second or even third choice up front, all well and good. He is a very good club man and when you speak to him, he is Oxford through and through. Hope he accepts the terms offered and maybe a really good front man signing will inspire him. A lot of his problems may just be due to us failing to have an attacking coach. South Upper 87
  • Score: 5

5:49pm Thu 8 May 14

learned says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
I am speechless, too stunned to speak any more than this, at the moment, utterlly ridiculous that so many can be total failures when the season got tough but can be kept. What planet is Waddock on? Certainly not earth, he's as mad as they come. Waddock out now!
I agree with Greengarden ! What an idiot you are with such stupid comments.
Go and support another team.

I'm ok with Constable and Wright staying- if indeed they accept the contracts offered. May be that Wright won't.
Glad to see the back of Smalley and Rigg.
But why is Hunt still with us !! One of our worst full backs for years.
And Newey must go.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: I am speechless, too stunned to speak any more than this, at the moment, utterlly ridiculous that so many can be total failures when the season got tough but can be kept. What planet is Waddock on? Certainly not earth, he's as mad as they come. Waddock out now![/p][/quote]I agree with Greengarden ! What an idiot you are with such stupid comments. Go and support another team. I'm ok with Constable and Wright staying- if indeed they accept the contracts offered. May be that Wright won't. Glad to see the back of Smalley and Rigg. But why is Hunt still with us !! One of our worst full backs for years. And Newey must go. learned
  • Score: 5

5:57pm Thu 8 May 14

learned says...

oldun wrote:
Newey and Hunt - awful players
So agree. Worst full backs for years and we keep them !!
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Newey and Hunt - awful players[/p][/quote]So agree. Worst full backs for years and we keep them !! learned
  • Score: 5

6:09pm Thu 8 May 14

Richard Wickson says...

learned wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
I am speechless, too stunned to speak any more than this, at the moment, utterlly ridiculous that so many can be total failures when the season got tough but can be kept. What planet is Waddock on? Certainly not earth, he's as mad as they come. Waddock out now!
I agree with Greengarden ! What an idiot you are with such stupid comments.
Go and support another team.

I'm ok with Constable and Wright staying- if indeed they accept the contracts offered. May be that Wright won't.
Glad to see the back of Smalley and Rigg.
But why is Hunt still with us !! One of our worst full backs for years.
And Newey must go.
From who you want to stay and want Togo you agree with me to a. Retain extent so how can you be so right and me so much of an idiot? We both want to see a reasonably successful team here and I really don't expect us to be premier league, just competitive at the level we are at, we struggled against all the top teams and only held our own against the lesser sides. Also our budget is bigger than a lot of the teams who achieved more than we have this season but the lions share goes into Kassams pockets not for the benefit of the playing side. I had a look at wages for last season and some of our failing players were on a lot more than players who achieved things with clubs that were successful. It will be interesting to trawl thru the clubs that have got Promoted and in the play offs, when the figures come out next year, to see just how much smaller their respective wages were. It's a proven fact, argue as much as you like, that on players wages and rent we pay out more than virtually any other club in League 2. All I ask for is a club that competes on the pitch in a way that is comparable to its budget. Look at Rochdale. Their budget is half what ours was. It's not idiotic to expect a bit more consistency from this club is it?
[quote][p][bold]learned[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: I am speechless, too stunned to speak any more than this, at the moment, utterlly ridiculous that so many can be total failures when the season got tough but can be kept. What planet is Waddock on? Certainly not earth, he's as mad as they come. Waddock out now![/p][/quote]I agree with Greengarden ! What an idiot you are with such stupid comments. Go and support another team. I'm ok with Constable and Wright staying- if indeed they accept the contracts offered. May be that Wright won't. Glad to see the back of Smalley and Rigg. But why is Hunt still with us !! One of our worst full backs for years. And Newey must go.[/p][/quote]From who you want to stay and want Togo you agree with me to a. Retain extent so how can you be so right and me so much of an idiot? We both want to see a reasonably successful team here and I really don't expect us to be premier league, just competitive at the level we are at, we struggled against all the top teams and only held our own against the lesser sides. Also our budget is bigger than a lot of the teams who achieved more than we have this season but the lions share goes into Kassams pockets not for the benefit of the playing side. I had a look at wages for last season and some of our failing players were on a lot more than players who achieved things with clubs that were successful. It will be interesting to trawl thru the clubs that have got Promoted and in the play offs, when the figures come out next year, to see just how much smaller their respective wages were. It's a proven fact, argue as much as you like, that on players wages and rent we pay out more than virtually any other club in League 2. All I ask for is a club that competes on the pitch in a way that is comparable to its budget. Look at Rochdale. Their budget is half what ours was. It's not idiotic to expect a bit more consistency from this club is it? Richard Wickson
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Thu 8 May 14

Richard Wickson says...

greengarden wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
I am speechless, too stunned to speak any more than this, at the moment, utterlly ridiculous that so many can be total failures when the season got tough but can be kept. What planet is Waddock on? Certainly not earth, he's as mad as they come. Waddock out now!
you really are an idiot aren't you!!!

and where does the money come from to replace the entire play squad??

we are where we are and until a money bags owner comes in, you and many others need a serious reality check.

....and you think Waddock is the problem - please get real Mr Wickson, you have absolutely no idea of the budget and strings that have been applied to his rebuild job.

I'm just stunned with comments like this from people like you and many others on this board.
Let's wait and see if i am proved to be an idiot. On his showing since he joined the club Waddock will have us relegated next season. We have a bigger budget than most of the clubs above us. Look at the clubs wages bills etc. Rochdales budget was half of ours but they had the players and manager that had a hunger. Most of our players have been quoted as saying they never expected us to drop out of the play offs, it's an admission they almost gave up. I don't expect us to compete with teams with bigger budgets but do expect us to be better than we have been for most of this season. We haven't scored enough goals once again, we haven't had a forward coach and just concentrated on defence. Also Waddock criticised most of the squad when he came in so undermined what fragile confidence they had after the collapse under Lewis and Melville, he suggested most of the squad would go and now gets rid of just three. That's not leadership.Wilder at least ground out dour results but had a level of confidence in his players, Waddock has shown none.
[quote][p][bold]greengarden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: I am speechless, too stunned to speak any more than this, at the moment, utterlly ridiculous that so many can be total failures when the season got tough but can be kept. What planet is Waddock on? Certainly not earth, he's as mad as they come. Waddock out now![/p][/quote]you really are an idiot aren't you!!! and where does the money come from to replace the entire play squad?? we are where we are and until a money bags owner comes in, you and many others need a serious reality check. ....and you think Waddock is the problem - please get real Mr Wickson, you have absolutely no idea of the budget and strings that have been applied to his rebuild job. I'm just stunned with comments like this from people like you and many others on this board.[/p][/quote]Let's wait and see if i am proved to be an idiot. On his showing since he joined the club Waddock will have us relegated next season. We have a bigger budget than most of the clubs above us. Look at the clubs wages bills etc. Rochdales budget was half of ours but they had the players and manager that had a hunger. Most of our players have been quoted as saying they never expected us to drop out of the play offs, it's an admission they almost gave up. I don't expect us to compete with teams with bigger budgets but do expect us to be better than we have been for most of this season. We haven't scored enough goals once again, we haven't had a forward coach and just concentrated on defence. Also Waddock criticised most of the squad when he came in so undermined what fragile confidence they had after the collapse under Lewis and Melville, he suggested most of the squad would go and now gets rid of just three. That's not leadership.Wilder at least ground out dour results but had a level of confidence in his players, Waddock has shown none. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Thu 8 May 14

oxcidental says...

Constable will not sign...he will go to luton...waddock said he wanted an answer quickly....
Constable will not sign...he will go to luton...waddock said he wanted an answer quickly.... oxcidental
  • Score: -6

7:03pm Thu 8 May 14

South Upper 87 says...

oxcidental wrote:
Constable will not sign...he will go to luton...waddock said he wanted an answer quickly....
Why would he want to go to Luton, the guy lives in Gloucestershire. He has made clear before that he does not want to move from the area, why would he want to travel to Luton everyday?.
[quote][p][bold]oxcidental[/bold] wrote: Constable will not sign...he will go to luton...waddock said he wanted an answer quickly....[/p][/quote]Why would he want to go to Luton, the guy lives in Gloucestershire. He has made clear before that he does not want to move from the area, why would he want to travel to Luton everyday?. South Upper 87
  • Score: 3

7:09pm Thu 8 May 14

Doctor69 says...

So we are stuck with the awful full backs?
At least smalley and rigg are gone.
Unsure on the constable offer. No doubt other league 2 clubs would want him, I just have doubts he can be the main man.....hopefully some reinforcements throughout the squad can do the trick.

I have to say, I'm a bit disappointed really.
So we are stuck with the awful full backs? At least smalley and rigg are gone. Unsure on the constable offer. No doubt other league 2 clubs would want him, I just have doubts he can be the main man.....hopefully some reinforcements throughout the squad can do the trick. I have to say, I'm a bit disappointed really. Doctor69
  • Score: -4

7:42pm Thu 8 May 14

dovepe says...

Back bone.Clarke Wright Constable.build a team around these.
Back bone.Clarke Wright Constable.build a team around these. dovepe
  • Score: 9

9:26pm Thu 8 May 14

westsomersetyellow says...

shouldn't say anything wrote:
Yesss!
Excellent - hope he takes the offer up.

With different and more positive tactics -

like support for lone striker who has played the majority of the league campaign as ONE against FIVE

& had sole responsibility for covering every blade of grass in the attacking third to continually physically' harangue' / harry / pressurize the opposition thus being bolloxed for critical moments

with Attacking & supporting football - at last taking the game to the opposition

i think this could be equivalent to a second wind and new lease of life
:)
At last someone appreciates a whole hearted trier, who puts defenders under pressure, runs his **** off and scores some great goals though not a great goal scorer. You can't have everything but Beano gives everything and given the right strike partner would be even more effective
[quote][p][bold]shouldn't say anything[/bold] wrote: Yesss! Excellent - hope he takes the offer up. With different and more positive tactics - like support for lone striker who has played the majority of the league campaign as ONE against FIVE & had sole responsibility for covering every blade of grass in the attacking third to continually physically' harangue' / harry / pressurize the opposition thus being bolloxed for critical moments with Attacking & supporting football - at last taking the game to the opposition i think this could be equivalent to a second wind and new lease of life :)[/p][/quote]At last someone appreciates a whole hearted trier, who puts defenders under pressure, runs his **** off and scores some great goals though not a great goal scorer. You can't have everything but Beano gives everything and given the right strike partner would be even more effective westsomersetyellow
  • Score: 9

12:11am Fri 9 May 14

Davos P says...

Grudgingly think we should keep Newey, he's not great but will be good cover at left back. We still need to sign a first choice LB though. As for Hunt, when the chips were down he was a key underperformer, would like to see the back of him.
As for Beano and Wright, I think they deserve another year as the overall contribution should be considered and agree with others that on his day Wright is one of the best in the league. Raynes should be shipped out. He offers zero value. Let's see some strong , pacy players come into midfield and attack then I think we might have a chance. Over to you Wazzock.. I mean Waddock.
Grudgingly think we should keep Newey, he's not great but will be good cover at left back. We still need to sign a first choice LB though. As for Hunt, when the chips were down he was a key underperformer, would like to see the back of him. As for Beano and Wright, I think they deserve another year as the overall contribution should be considered and agree with others that on his day Wright is one of the best in the league. Raynes should be shipped out. He offers zero value. Let's see some strong , pacy players come into midfield and attack then I think we might have a chance. Over to you Wazzock.. I mean Waddock. Davos P
  • Score: 1

10:00am Fri 9 May 14

Roy Burton's shorts says...

brimptonyellow wrote:
I think it's hard to judge our front players on this season, given the total lack of support from midfield. Even a classic one-up-top player like Drogba or Ibrahimovic would have struggled with the negative tactics of Wilder, Lewis and (from what we've seen so far) Waddock. The only time we had a threat up front this season was when Connolly was playing up front with another striker. I feel sorry for Smalley but he hasn't performed well enough when given the chance; I have no doubt he will get picked up somewhere else in League 2 and he could well bang in 20 goals if he's given some service. I'm pleased for Beano because he deserves the record but I agree that his conversion rate is poor - again though, he isn't a one-up-front player. Look at the (few) goals we've scored in recent games and they have pretty much all come about because a midfield player (usually Ryan Williams) has broken from midfield and supported the forwards. It's hardly rocket science.

Anyway, I'm just praying for a more attacking outlook next season, whoever's in the team, as the last three have been truly awful to watch.
I agree. Williams apart, it’s been a very long time since we’ve had someone running with the ball into the hole in front of the back four. It might have been in our favour had Fulham stayed up. Williams is a contender for first team football in the Championship but not in the Premier.
Constable is always more effective with a strike partner to play off. As for Smalley, he must be the best training ground striker in League 2 – that is the only explanation for his continuous selection.
[quote][p][bold]brimptonyellow[/bold] wrote: I think it's hard to judge our front players on this season, given the total lack of support from midfield. Even a classic one-up-top player like Drogba or Ibrahimovic would have struggled with the negative tactics of Wilder, Lewis and (from what we've seen so far) Waddock. The only time we had a threat up front this season was when Connolly was playing up front with another striker. I feel sorry for Smalley but he hasn't performed well enough when given the chance; I have no doubt he will get picked up somewhere else in League 2 and he could well bang in 20 goals if he's given some service. I'm pleased for Beano because he deserves the record but I agree that his conversion rate is poor - again though, he isn't a one-up-front player. Look at the (few) goals we've scored in recent games and they have pretty much all come about because a midfield player (usually Ryan Williams) has broken from midfield and supported the forwards. It's hardly rocket science. Anyway, I'm just praying for a more attacking outlook next season, whoever's in the team, as the last three have been truly awful to watch.[/p][/quote]I agree. Williams apart, it’s been a very long time since we’ve had someone running with the ball into the hole in front of the back four. It might have been in our favour had Fulham stayed up. Williams is a contender for first team football in the Championship but not in the Premier. Constable is always more effective with a strike partner to play off. As for Smalley, he must be the best training ground striker in League 2 – that is the only explanation for his continuous selection. Roy Burton's shorts
  • Score: 0

10:26am Fri 9 May 14

kangaroo_joey says...

oxcidental wrote:
Constable will not sign...he will go to luton...waddock said he wanted an answer quickly....
As a Luton fan (but not here to wind you up as my father in law is a season ticket holder at Oxford) we wouldnt want James Constable, we alreadty have 3 top strikers and with Paul Benson stating he is signing after being released by Swindon that makes 4 so I very much doubt we'd want him.
Best of luck next season (apart from against Luton)
[quote][p][bold]oxcidental[/bold] wrote: Constable will not sign...he will go to luton...waddock said he wanted an answer quickly....[/p][/quote]As a Luton fan (but not here to wind you up as my father in law is a season ticket holder at Oxford) we wouldnt want James Constable, we alreadty have 3 top strikers and with Paul Benson stating he is signing after being released by Swindon that makes 4 so I very much doubt we'd want him. Best of luck next season (apart from against Luton) kangaroo_joey
  • Score: 4

10:33am Fri 9 May 14

snailfox says...

darkskies wrote:
Now prove the doubters wrong James and smash that scoring record in an exciting and attacking team.
disagree he has had enough chances to do that, in last six months he only needed 9 goals since november and sorry but goal rate this year has been very poor and the record was set over 4 season not 7
[quote][p][bold]darkskies[/bold] wrote: Now prove the doubters wrong James and smash that scoring record in an exciting and attacking team.[/p][/quote]disagree he has had enough chances to do that, in last six months he only needed 9 goals since november and sorry but goal rate this year has been very poor and the record was set over 4 season not 7 snailfox
  • Score: 1

12:02pm Fri 9 May 14

Eraser says...

snailfox wrote:
darkskies wrote:
Now prove the doubters wrong James and smash that scoring record in an exciting and attacking team.
disagree he has had enough chances to do that, in last six months he only needed 9 goals since november and sorry but goal rate this year has been very poor and the record was set over 4 season not 7
Record set over 12 years.
[quote][p][bold]snailfox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darkskies[/bold] wrote: Now prove the doubters wrong James and smash that scoring record in an exciting and attacking team.[/p][/quote]disagree he has had enough chances to do that, in last six months he only needed 9 goals since november and sorry but goal rate this year has been very poor and the record was set over 4 season not 7[/p][/quote]Record set over 12 years. Eraser
  • Score: 1

12:06pm Fri 9 May 14

Eraser says...

Graham Atkinson 1962 - 1974 so Beano's well ahead. John Aldridge managed 90 in 3 seasons and is statistically the most prolific of scorers with over 50 goals for the club.
Graham Atkinson 1962 - 1974 so Beano's well ahead. John Aldridge managed 90 in 3 seasons and is statistically the most prolific of scorers with over 50 goals for the club. Eraser
  • Score: 1

12:25pm Fri 9 May 14

oldun says...

Eraser wrote:
Graham Atkinson 1962 - 1974 so Beano's well ahead. John Aldridge managed 90 in 3 seasons and is statistically the most prolific of scorers with over 50 goals for the club.
Graham Atkinson played most of his games in midfield. From 68 -74 it was mainly a very defensive team in the second flight. Midfielder
[quote][p][bold]Eraser[/bold] wrote: Graham Atkinson 1962 - 1974 so Beano's well ahead. John Aldridge managed 90 in 3 seasons and is statistically the most prolific of scorers with over 50 goals for the club.[/p][/quote]Graham Atkinson played most of his games in midfield. From 68 -74 it was mainly a very defensive team in the second flight. Midfielder oldun
  • Score: 1

12:48pm Fri 9 May 14

Sid Snakey says...

@Richard Wickson

Would you mind telling me where you get the wages information from? I would really like to have a look at that.
@Richard Wickson Would you mind telling me where you get the wages information from? I would really like to have a look at that. Sid Snakey
  • Score: 4

1:57pm Fri 9 May 14

Richard Wickson says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
@Richard Wickson

Would you mind telling me where you get the wages information from? I would really like to have a look at that.
Companies House is the place to look. You can get financial info on virtually every company as long as they have legally registered as a company and when they file their year end report they have to show all wages paid. It takes a while but is interesting and reveals a lot about companies. I haven't completed League 2 for last tax year yet but only had a couple of lower teams to do and our wage bill is near the top.
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: @Richard Wickson Would you mind telling me where you get the wages information from? I would really like to have a look at that.[/p][/quote]Companies House is the place to look. You can get financial info on virtually every company as long as they have legally registered as a company and when they file their year end report they have to show all wages paid. It takes a while but is interesting and reveals a lot about companies. I haven't completed League 2 for last tax year yet but only had a couple of lower teams to do and our wage bill is near the top. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 0

2:15pm Fri 9 May 14

OUFC 4 EVA says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
Sid Snakey wrote: @Richard Wickson Would you mind telling me where you get the wages information from? I would really like to have a look at that.
Companies House is the place to look. You can get financial info on virtually every company as long as they have legally registered as a company and when they file their year end report they have to show all wages paid. It takes a while but is interesting and reveals a lot about companies. I haven't completed League 2 for last tax year yet but only had a couple of lower teams to do and our wage bill is near the top.
Post them on here then for all to see Dicky Boy!
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: @Richard Wickson Would you mind telling me where you get the wages information from? I would really like to have a look at that.[/p][/quote]Companies House is the place to look. You can get financial info on virtually every company as long as they have legally registered as a company and when they file their year end report they have to show all wages paid. It takes a while but is interesting and reveals a lot about companies. I haven't completed League 2 for last tax year yet but only had a couple of lower teams to do and our wage bill is near the top.[/p][/quote]Post them on here then for all to see Dicky Boy! OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: 4

2:39pm Fri 9 May 14

oldun says...

oldun wrote:
Eraser wrote:
Graham Atkinson 1962 - 1974 so Beano's well ahead. John Aldridge managed 90 in 3 seasons and is statistically the most prolific of scorers with over 50 goals for the club.
Graham Atkinson played most of his games in midfield. From 68 -74 it was mainly a very defensive team in the second flight. Midfielder
I can only guess why the posting of accurate detail gets a minus click ! Thanks for the vote
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eraser[/bold] wrote: Graham Atkinson 1962 - 1974 so Beano's well ahead. John Aldridge managed 90 in 3 seasons and is statistically the most prolific of scorers with over 50 goals for the club.[/p][/quote]Graham Atkinson played most of his games in midfield. From 68 -74 it was mainly a very defensive team in the second flight. Midfielder[/p][/quote]I can only guess why the posting of accurate detail gets a minus click ! Thanks for the vote oldun
  • Score: 0

2:58pm Fri 9 May 14

shouldn't say anything says...

westsomersetyellow wrote:
shouldn't say anything wrote:
Yesss!
Excellent - hope he takes the offer up.

With different and more positive tactics -

like support for lone striker who has played the majority of the league campaign as ONE against FIVE

& had sole responsibility for covering every blade of grass in the attacking third to continually physically' harangue' / harry / pressurize the opposition thus being bolloxed for critical moments

with Attacking & supporting football - at last taking the game to the opposition

i think this could be equivalent to a second wind and new lease of life
:)
At last someone appreciates a whole hearted trier, who puts defenders under pressure, runs his **** off and scores some great goals though not a great goal scorer. You can't have everything but Beano gives everything and given the right strike partner would be even more effective
i forgot to mention the spectacular goals ! it's a given ! They are always Quality or stand out .

with his intense running it's no wonder the intensity is there when a chance comes his way or with his intensity creates a chance and maybe the same intense pressure is on him technique wise

seems to be one of those players who can just do instinctually and if maybe given too long don't match his rhythm

if Waddock is gonna play a pressing attacking flowing game i think that'll match Constable's temperament perfectly constant movement as opposed to the rest of the team being static and a half a mile behind offering no options which will switch it up who's gonna shoot all focus prior to that has been on constable

after a FOUR year mission by himself hopefully it'll see him thrive

AND he's done well considering we haven't had a creative mobile playmaker for Gawd knows

as a player he must have been well frustrated playing for Oxford Utd these last four years so he certainly deserves his chance in a 'New System'
from the beginning of matches and hopefully NOT relegated to the bench as an impact sub

COYY !
[quote][p][bold]westsomersetyellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shouldn't say anything[/bold] wrote: Yesss! Excellent - hope he takes the offer up. With different and more positive tactics - like support for lone striker who has played the majority of the league campaign as ONE against FIVE & had sole responsibility for covering every blade of grass in the attacking third to continually physically' harangue' / harry / pressurize the opposition thus being bolloxed for critical moments with Attacking & supporting football - at last taking the game to the opposition i think this could be equivalent to a second wind and new lease of life :)[/p][/quote]At last someone appreciates a whole hearted trier, who puts defenders under pressure, runs his **** off and scores some great goals though not a great goal scorer. You can't have everything but Beano gives everything and given the right strike partner would be even more effective[/p][/quote]i forgot to mention the spectacular goals ! it's a given ! They are always Quality or stand out . with his intense running it's no wonder the intensity is there when a chance comes his way or with his intensity creates a chance and maybe the same intense pressure is on him technique wise seems to be one of those players who can just do instinctually and if maybe given too long don't match his rhythm if Waddock is gonna play a pressing attacking flowing game i think that'll match Constable's temperament perfectly constant movement as opposed to the rest of the team being static and a half a mile behind offering no options which will switch it up who's gonna shoot all focus prior to that has been on constable after a FOUR year mission by himself hopefully it'll see him thrive AND he's done well considering we haven't had a creative mobile playmaker for Gawd knows as a player he must have been well frustrated playing for Oxford Utd these last four years so he certainly deserves his chance in a 'New System' from the beginning of matches and hopefully NOT relegated to the bench as an impact sub COYY ! shouldn't say anything
  • Score: 2

12:32pm Sat 10 May 14

Sid Snakey says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
Sid Snakey wrote:
@Richard Wickson

Would you mind telling me where you get the wages information from? I would really like to have a look at that.
Companies House is the place to look. You can get financial info on virtually every company as long as they have legally registered as a company and when they file their year end report they have to show all wages paid. It takes a while but is interesting and reveals a lot about companies. I haven't completed League 2 for last tax year yet but only had a couple of lower teams to do and our wage bill is near the top.
Wow, if that is true then Ian Lenagan must be seriously hacked off.

Have you done this analysis for other years?
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: @Richard Wickson Would you mind telling me where you get the wages information from? I would really like to have a look at that.[/p][/quote]Companies House is the place to look. You can get financial info on virtually every company as long as they have legally registered as a company and when they file their year end report they have to show all wages paid. It takes a while but is interesting and reveals a lot about companies. I haven't completed League 2 for last tax year yet but only had a couple of lower teams to do and our wage bill is near the top.[/p][/quote]Wow, if that is true then Ian Lenagan must be seriously hacked off. Have you done this analysis for other years? Sid Snakey
  • Score: -1

3:55am Sun 11 May 14

BigCrompy says...

We released "Goal-Machine Deane Smalley"....?

Surely not..?! The Oxford Mail staff must be baffled!
We released "Goal-Machine Deane Smalley"....? Surely not..?! The Oxford Mail staff must be baffled! BigCrompy
  • Score: -1

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