New Oxford United chairman tells fans: My door is open

Darryl Eales (left), Mark Ashton and Ian Lenagan walk out of the Kassam Stadium tunnel after yesterday’s press conference

Darryl Eales (left), Mark Ashton and Ian Lenagan walk out of the Kassam Stadium tunnel after yesterday’s press conference

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NEW Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales has a simple solution for any supporters sceptical of his intentions – just ask him.

The prospect of a private equity expert from Birmingham suddenly becoming interested in the club raised suspicion in some quarters.

But after acquiring a significant stake in the club, described as between 30 and 50 per cent, he was keen to make assurances and spoke frankly about what motivated the move.

Eales said he wants to be part of United’s long-term plan, which means putting money in, rather than taking it out.

“You read some blogs talking about ‘is he going to take money out of the club?’,” he said.

“I’m thinking ‘if I wanted to make sensible investments you wouldn’t choose football’.

“I would say to supporters, ‘come and speak to me’.

“If you want to know my views on something, come and ask me because I’m new to all this, but I think people who have worked for me will say what you see is what you get.

“I don’t have agendas, politics I really dislike and I’m completely open.”

He added: “I don’t regard football as a business, but it’s got to make sense economically.

“I’m not looking to make money out of this, but I’m not looking to lose money either.

“If we started earning a profit as a business – and clearly it’s loss-making at the moment – I’m very happy for 100 per cent of that to be reinvested in the club.

“You can be the judge of this, but I don’t think I’ve got a big ego, so I’m not doing this for a big ego trip.

“I’m doing this to test myself in a different arena – in the sport I love.”

Top of the 53-year-old’s ‘to do’ list is make funds available to help Michael Appleton, who has replaced Gary Waddock as head coach, strengthen the squad.

Discussions have already taken place with incoming chief executive Mark Ashton, but it will not be a spending spree.

He said: “I’ve said to Mark, within sensible bounds, tell me what you need from a playing perspective and I’ll flex it.

“That’s not millions – I might say ‘you’ve got an extra £250,000 to spend’.”

Patient progress is the aim of the game for the new chairman, who briefly considered getting involved with Birmingham City 18 months ago before deciding against investing in the club he supports.

Eales is confident United have what it takes to move up the football pyramid, but stopped short of setting a deadline.

He said: “Realistically, to me this should be a sustainable Championship club.

“That’s what we’ve talked about, but what I think is foolhardy is to say we’re going to do that within three or five years.

“That’s just your inspiration, and all our efforts will be on trying to achieve that.”

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9:56am Sat 5 Jul 14

Joe1 says...

Let's hope it is NOT a revolving door!!!!
Let's hope it is NOT a revolving door!!!! Joe1
  • Score: 2

6:48pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Davos P says...

It's encouraging to hear that the guys coming in have a passion for football. They're coming in when expectations are low and it seemed as we were about to engage in a relegation battle so I for one am completely behind their investment.
Great to hear Appleton has been recruited and that there could be 250k added to the playing staff budget. My view is if they look to get high quality players and coaches in, the rest will surely follow. Looking forward to seeing how their plans develop but mostly looking forward to seeing improvements on the pitch. Good luck to Ashton, Eales and Appleton
It's encouraging to hear that the guys coming in have a passion for football. They're coming in when expectations are low and it seemed as we were about to engage in a relegation battle so I for one am completely behind their investment. Great to hear Appleton has been recruited and that there could be 250k added to the playing staff budget. My view is if they look to get high quality players and coaches in, the rest will surely follow. Looking forward to seeing how their plans develop but mostly looking forward to seeing improvements on the pitch. Good luck to Ashton, Eales and Appleton Davos P
  • Score: 14

6:55pm Sat 5 Jul 14

87oufc says...

While we might not get the 250k, what is this amount compared to other teams? I'm not the one for transfer kitty news so I'm not aware of what other teams have.
While we might not get the 250k, what is this amount compared to other teams? I'm not the one for transfer kitty news so I'm not aware of what other teams have. 87oufc
  • Score: 0

9:13am Sun 6 Jul 14

Bumble08 says...

It all sounds very promising, I was a little surprised that Michael Appleton was appointed but not surprised Waddock went. I hope that he has some idea of the players he wants to bring in already as we need to hit the ground running when the first game comes! All involved need to hope we have a great start to the season.

Anyway the fans that have been there through thick and thin will still be there come what may! Come on you yellows!!!!
It all sounds very promising, I was a little surprised that Michael Appleton was appointed but not surprised Waddock went. I hope that he has some idea of the players he wants to bring in already as we need to hit the ground running when the first game comes! All involved need to hope we have a great start to the season. Anyway the fans that have been there through thick and thin will still be there come what may! Come on you yellows!!!! Bumble08
  • Score: 7

9:46am Sun 6 Jul 14

The Black Prince was off-side says...

His comments regarding ego ring hollow when you consider that when heading up a bank funded by you and me it sponsored a Motor racing team in which he had an interest
His comments regarding ego ring hollow when you consider that when heading up a bank funded by you and me it sponsored a Motor racing team in which he had an interest The Black Prince was off-side
  • Score: 1

11:49am Sun 6 Jul 14

boagongrui says...

Can we get Constable back ?.
Can we get Constable back ?. boagongrui
  • Score: -4

5:59pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Eraser says...

Nice to know we're a new project. If it goes t**ts up he can go back to being a banker. Hope it doesn't but this whole thing stinks. I'll fully support the playing team though.
Nice to know we're a new project. If it goes t**ts up he can go back to being a banker. Hope it doesn't but this whole thing stinks. I'll fully support the playing team though. Eraser
  • Score: 2

9:58pm Sun 6 Jul 14

New Manor rename says...

I'm not too sure what he is trying to achieve. He is not from the area and not a supporter of the club. He turned down the chance to invest in the club he does support. Therefore, it is not a love of football thing. Perhaps IL has got the club in better shape than we all thought which means this should be the start of a good period for us.

Regarding the open door, I like the attitude but would prefer a direct email address to put forward my ideas to save travelling :)
I'm not too sure what he is trying to achieve. He is not from the area and not a supporter of the club. He turned down the chance to invest in the club he does support. Therefore, it is not a love of football thing. Perhaps IL has got the club in better shape than we all thought which means this should be the start of a good period for us. Regarding the open door, I like the attitude but would prefer a direct email address to put forward my ideas to save travelling :) New Manor rename
  • Score: 1

8:51pm Mon 7 Jul 14

LeagueOneOx says...

New Manor rename wrote:
I'm not too sure what he is trying to achieve. He is not from the area and not a supporter of the club. He turned down the chance to invest in the club he does support. Therefore, it is not a love of football thing. Perhaps IL has got the club in better shape than we all thought which means this should be the start of a good period for us.

Regarding the open door, I like the attitude but would prefer a direct email address to put forward my ideas to save travelling :)
Not worried that Eales is a Brummie - he's got brains and he's got money
loves football and must have contacts.

Wolves were recently bought by Steve Morgan
a successful businessman (owner of Redrow Homes) and lifelong Liverpool fan and there are many other examples.
[quote][p][bold]New Manor rename[/bold] wrote: I'm not too sure what he is trying to achieve. He is not from the area and not a supporter of the club. He turned down the chance to invest in the club he does support. Therefore, it is not a love of football thing. Perhaps IL has got the club in better shape than we all thought which means this should be the start of a good period for us. Regarding the open door, I like the attitude but would prefer a direct email address to put forward my ideas to save travelling :)[/p][/quote]Not worried that Eales is a Brummie - he's got brains and he's got money loves football and must have contacts. Wolves were recently bought by Steve Morgan a successful businessman (owner of Redrow Homes) and lifelong Liverpool fan and there are many other examples. LeagueOneOx
  • Score: 1

8:53pm Mon 7 Jul 14

LeagueOneOx says...

boagongrui wrote:
Can we get Constable back ?.
Why - he has consistently struggled at this level hasn't he?

There is no sentiment in football - we move on but
good luck to J.Constable.
[quote][p][bold]boagongrui[/bold] wrote: Can we get Constable back ?.[/p][/quote]Why - he has consistently struggled at this level hasn't he? There is no sentiment in football - we move on but good luck to J.Constable. LeagueOneOx
  • Score: 1

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