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Thomas: Oxford United's stability not hanging on play-offs

Oxford Mail: Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas says missing the play-offs would not cause problems financially Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas says missing the play-offs would not cause problems financially

MISSING out on the play-offs would be disappointing, but not damaging to the stability of Oxford United, according to chairman Kelvin Thomas.

The U’s looked certainties to claim at least a top seven place at one stage, but an ill-timed blip in form has set up a tense end to the campaign.

Last month United owner Ian Lenagan revealed the club’s projected loss of £210,000 for the year 2011/12 could be wiped out by a successful run in the play-offs.

Thomas remains optimistic about the team’s chances in the final two games, but made it clear if they were to fall short it would not have serious ramifications financially.

He said: “If we miss out on the play-offs it would be disappointing, there’s not a person in the football club who would say anything different, but it certainly would not the end of the world.

“We’re not a boom and bust club anymore, we’re not a club that has to have success on the pitch to be stable.”

Away from the pitch Thomas has been encouraged by the reaction from supporters this season.

Average gates have increased despite the bleak economic conditions.

Only Bradford City and Swindon Town attract larger attendances in npower League Two this season, while their 7,365 figure would make them the seventh best supported club in League One.

Early bird season ticket sales for the next campaign were strong, with almost 3,100 supporters booking their places this month.

Thomas said: “Fans will always vote with their feet and looking at the recent season ticket sales and the gates this year they’ve done that.

“The vote is not of despair, what’s shown with our sales is people have enjoyed and got some entertainment from what’s been on offer this season.

“We all know what we want to achieve and we want to do it together, it’s about making sure the results match the performances.

“That’s a lesson we’ll learn and is part of our progression as a club.”

He added: “With this football club there always comes an expectation, we’ve learned that and dealt with it as we’ve gone along.

“Sometimes it’s realistic and other times it’s unrealistic.

“We make sure we deal with it and try to use it to drive us forward.”

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11:34am Fri 27 Apr 12

northampton yellow says...

well here we go again about money, lenagan wants us to reach the play-offs so he dont lose the 210,000 now we know its all about the money and not the football club its about time you sold up mr lenagan coz lets face it with him in the hot seat we are going nowhere i think 2oz if we lose and i hope we dont there will be calls for a few heads to roll." OUFC 4 EVER"
well here we go again about money, lenagan wants us to reach the play-offs so he dont lose the 210,000 now we know its all about the money and not the football club its about time you sold up mr lenagan coz lets face it with him in the hot seat we are going nowhere i think 2oz if we lose and i hope we dont there will be calls for a few heads to roll." OUFC 4 EVER" northampton yellow
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11:47am Fri 27 Apr 12

Ians view says...

northampton yellow is going to empty his piggy bank and buy the club...
northampton yellow is going to empty his piggy bank and buy the club... Ians view
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12:12pm Fri 27 Apr 12

gnash21 says...

Ians view wrote:
northampton yellow is going to empty his piggy bank and buy the club...
I agree. He has the money to knowledge to run a business aswell as a football club then stick you hands in your pocket and help the club. We might not be as lucky as some to get someone who splashes the cash. A summer clear out would be the worst thing for the club. ( Refering to the Northampton yellows comment on another story from today) Lets get behind the team and push for 3 points tomoz and stranger things have happened.

COYY
[quote][p][bold]Ians view[/bold] wrote: northampton yellow is going to empty his piggy bank and buy the club...[/p][/quote]I agree. He has the money to knowledge to run a business aswell as a football club then stick you hands in your pocket and help the club. We might not be as lucky as some to get someone who splashes the cash. A summer clear out would be the worst thing for the club. ( Refering to the Northampton yellows comment on another story from today) Lets get behind the team and push for 3 points tomoz and stranger things have happened. COYY gnash21
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1:14pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Manor Born says...

northampton yellow wrote:
well here we go again about money, lenagan wants us to reach the play-offs so he dont lose the 210,000 now we know its all about the money and not the football club its about time you sold up mr lenagan coz lets face it with him in the hot seat we are going nowhere i think 2oz if we lose and i hope we dont there will be calls for a few heads to roll." OUFC 4 EVER"
Are you saying you want the club to be owned by someone who will just throw money left right and centre into an empty void and not think about the consequences when it all goes tits up (as it inevitably would do)? No thanks, we've been there, done that, got the t-shirt and quite frankly, I don't want to go through that ever again. Look at the mess Plymouth were in, look at the mess Portsmouth and Glasgow Rangers are in? Years of mis-management have threatened their very existence and it looks incereasingly likely that Glasgow Rangers will have to fold and start from the bottom. Give me Lenagan over Murray and White anyday.

If it was just about money, Mr. Lenagan would have walked a long, long, time ago. You don't buy a club like Oxford United and then expect to make money hand-over-fist.

He certainly would not have put the money in to allow Chris Wilder the extra budget to bring in players following a string of injuries that has hurt the team badly. He's done this because he can see that the club can afford this and felt there was a reasonable chance of at least making the play-offs (which there still is).

When we first went down to the conference, we followed the "throw everything at it or bust approach" and it very nearly destroyed the club. Thankfully the club owners and management realised their mistakes and set about resolving the situtation before it was too late.

The club is being well-run and have stringent budgets which are set to give the manager a decent amount to invest in players as he deems appropriate, that also make us competitive for the league we are in, but don't threaten the existence of the club.

I'd rather be Oxford than Crawley...
[quote][p][bold]northampton yellow[/bold] wrote: well here we go again about money, lenagan wants us to reach the play-offs so he dont lose the 210,000 now we know its all about the money and not the football club its about time you sold up mr lenagan coz lets face it with him in the hot seat we are going nowhere i think 2oz if we lose and i hope we dont there will be calls for a few heads to roll." OUFC 4 EVER"[/p][/quote]Are you saying you want the club to be owned by someone who will just throw money left right and centre into an empty void and not think about the consequences when it all goes tits up (as it inevitably would do)? No thanks, we've been there, done that, got the t-shirt and quite frankly, I don't want to go through that ever again. Look at the mess Plymouth were in, look at the mess Portsmouth and Glasgow Rangers are in? Years of mis-management have threatened their very existence and it looks incereasingly likely that Glasgow Rangers will have to fold and start from the bottom. Give me Lenagan over Murray and White anyday. If it was just about money, Mr. Lenagan would have walked a long, long, time ago. You don't buy a club like Oxford United and then expect to make money hand-over-fist. He certainly would not have put the money in to allow Chris Wilder the extra budget to bring in players following a string of injuries that has hurt the team badly. He's done this because he can see that the club can afford this and felt there was a reasonable chance of at least making the play-offs (which there still is). When we first went down to the conference, we followed the "throw everything at it or bust approach" and it very nearly destroyed the club. Thankfully the club owners and management realised their mistakes and set about resolving the situtation before it was too late. The club is being well-run and have stringent budgets which are set to give the manager a decent amount to invest in players as he deems appropriate, that also make us competitive for the league we are in, but don't threaten the existence of the club. I'd rather be Oxford than Crawley... Manor Born
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3:31pm Fri 27 Apr 12

CamView says...

Sorry Northampton - you are target with those comments. The guy has given us sability without bankcruptcy. Many other clubs achieve thigs without throwing money away. It is also true that we are one of the very few clubs that are financally stable - lets keep it that way.
Sorry Northampton - you are target with those comments. The guy has given us sability without bankcruptcy. Many other clubs achieve thigs without throwing money away. It is also true that we are one of the very few clubs that are financally stable - lets keep it that way. CamView
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4:06pm Fri 27 Apr 12

northampton yellow says...

dont you think that we need to find someone with a bit more of a football knowledge than what we already got to look at it to see and find where its all gone wrong on the pitch.
dont you think that we need to find someone with a bit more of a football knowledge than what we already got to look at it to see and find where its all gone wrong on the pitch. northampton yellow
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5:09pm Sun 29 Apr 12

yellowhoods says...

northampton yellow wrote:
dont you think that we need to find someone with a bit more of a football knowledge than what we already got to look at it to see and find where its all gone wrong on the pitch.
Laughable
[quote][p][bold]northampton yellow[/bold] wrote: dont you think that we need to find someone with a bit more of a football knowledge than what we already got to look at it to see and find where its all gone wrong on the pitch.[/p][/quote]Laughable yellowhoods
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