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  • "I'm somewhat perplexed by some of the above comments.

    "Why is Tyrone Marsh given only cameos?" - um, Dave Kitson, James Constable and Dean Smalley?

    "CW....was fortunate to come to a club headed in the right direction" WTF? The only direction we were heading was towards Sunday football!

    "At this level I expect to see exciting football from a club of our size - not just the odd game but EVERY game." - and that sums up the expectation problem at Oxford United nicely - too many fans who are stuck in an 80s time warp. We don't own our own ground FFS! We recruited Wilder because of his ability to manage well on a limited budget, not because we're a big club! I think your problem is not with Wilder but with Firoz Kassam, and the inept club management we had before him.

    "we have had the best of luck this year" - you can't have it both ways, you can't say we're top because we're lucky, and then say although we missed out on promotion only by 6, 4 and 5 points over the last 3 years that we weren't unlucky then! By the way, how many first team players have we lost through injury this term? Yeah, really lucky. Tell Andy Whing and Alfie Potter just how lucky they are.

    "he has upset thousands of united fans" - aw diddums. It amazes me how thin-skinned some of our fans are. They dole it out to Wilder week after week, shouting about how crap he is and how they want him sacked, and he occasionally points out their stupidity in his post-match interviews and so they throw their toys out and stop attending matches. Grow up.

    "the fans that stood by the club through the dark days of Kassam, the long list of dreadful managers the loss of our league status?" - this is what I don't understand. We did stick by the club through all these terrible times, and by the way the football was ten times worse than it is now if you think back to some of the drivel we had to watch in some far-flung English villages on waterlogged meadows. I think some fans need a serious reality check and a sniff of strong coffee.

    Sadly the cult of "Wilder Out!" forbids such critical thinking."
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Rosenthal says Oxford United must keep Wilder

Oxford Mail: Jim Rosenthal has praised Chris Wilder for the work he has done at Oxford United over five years in charge, and feels the boss deserves a new contract Jim Rosenthal has praised Chris Wilder for the work he has done at Oxford United over five years in charge, and feels the boss deserves a new contract

Jim Rosenthal believes Oxford United must do all they can to keep Chris Wilder as manager for the foreseeable future.

It is five years to the day since the U’s boss took up his post at the Kassam Stadium with the team languishing in the lower echelons of the Conference.

The former Halifax boss got United back into the Football League in his first full season, and they go into today’s away game at York second in Sky Bet League Two.

Rosenthal was on the club’s board when Wilder was appointed, and still feels that he is not given enough credit for what he has achieved at Oxford.

“To be the manager of one club for five years is rare and a fantastic achievement,” Rosenthal said. “Just look at where we were and where we are now.

“I don’t mean that only in terms of league positions, but Chris has turned Oxford into a winning club, and it was a losing club.”

Wilder’s contract expires in the summer and U’s chairman Ian Lenagan told the Oxford Mail this week that talks over a fresh deal would start in the new year.

Rosenthal is under no illusions as to what the outcome of those discussions should be.

“The longer anyone stays in one job, the more they get taken for granted,” he said.

“But the proper Oxford fans realise how much they owe to Chris for the job he has done.

“You have to go a long way to find a harder working or more committed football manager.

“I know opinion is a bit divided on him, but my deep belief is that if he were to go, it would be a huge loss for Oxford United.”

He added: “One of the things about Chris that I find it strange is that he seems to be under continual examination.

“It has been agreed that he is a very good manager and if you are a very good employee, no matter what job you do, the people in charge should show a bit of faith and say ‘you have proved yourself and we want you to stay’.

“It has surprised me that hasn’t happened.”

The television presenter, who is extremely well-respected throughout football, says Wilder’s achievement in leading the U’s to top spot despite an horrific injury list has not gone unnoticed.

“Winning promotion this season would be a fantastic feather in both his cap and Oxford United’s cap,” he said.

“The time to strengthen is when you are top of the league and I would love to think that we could strengthen a little bit in January to make sure we stay on top.

“Having to work with all those injuries has made his job very difficult, but here we are, on top of the league and in the third round of the FA Cup – what a place to be at Christmas.”

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