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Wilder linked to manager's job at Northampton

Oxford Mail: Wilder is favourite with the bookmakers to take over at Northampton Wilder is favourite with the bookmakers to take over at Northampton

All eyes will be on Oxford United’s press conference this morning after manager Chris Wilder was yesterday linked to the vacant job at Northampton Town.

Speculation began when the Cobblers revealed they had approached another club in Sky Bet League Two for permission to speak to their manager.

The Oxford Mail understands Northampton have made contact with United about their manager, although neither club would confirm this.

Wilder last night became the clear favourite with bookmakers, his odds tumbling to 1-4.

The situation should become clearer today, with the U’s boss due to give his regular press conference to preview tomorrow’s clash with Torquay United.

Speculation took a twist when Newport County denied being approached by Northampton for Justin Edinburgh yesterday lunchtime, only for the manager to reveal he had turned down interest from the Cobblers.

It is the second time in quick succession that Wilder has been targeted by a League Two rival.

He was given permission to speak with Portsmouth last month and the 46-year-old made it clear a key reason behind the decision was the fact his contract expires at the end of the season.

Andy King has been in charge at Sixfields since Aidy Boothroyd was sacked on December 21, picking up four points from four games.

He is expected to be at the helm for Saturday’s game against Chesterfield, but the Football League’s basement side are keen on making an appointment shortly.

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8:19am Fri 24 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

One can only hope he goes.
One can only hope he goes. BigAlBiker
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9:28am Fri 24 Jan 14

BigOx22 says...

Bye bye! Thanks for the promotion but now lets give Chris Allen the Job till the end of the season at least and see how he goes.
Bye bye! Thanks for the promotion but now lets give Chris Allen the Job till the end of the season at least and see how he goes. BigOx22
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9:59am Fri 24 Jan 14

hammerthebarstewards says...

Time for Wilder to leave Oxford Utd, he has served them well but things have now started to go wrong and he seems to be very complacent. Utd need a new boss to inject some new energy into what is becoming a mediocre team!
Time for Wilder to leave Oxford Utd, he has served them well but things have now started to go wrong and he seems to be very complacent. Utd need a new boss to inject some new energy into what is becoming a mediocre team! hammerthebarstewards
  • Score: 4

10:01am Fri 24 Jan 14

glowhead says...

No disrespect to current ex players involved with the club, but I hink it needs ne regime from outsidethe club. If Mr wilder decides to leave then we need experience and knowledge from the higher leagues to progress.
No disrespect to current ex players involved with the club, but I hink it needs ne regime from outsidethe club. If Mr wilder decides to leave then we need experience and knowledge from the higher leagues to progress. glowhead
  • Score: 2

10:15am Fri 24 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

BigOx22 wrote:
Bye bye! Thanks for the promotion but now lets give Chris Allen the Job till the end of the season at least and see how he goes.
I would not be in favour of considering Allen for the rest of the season, yes if Wilder goes put him in charge while we locate a decent manager. What we do not want at this stage is more of the same in the shape of Lewis & Melville.
[quote][p][bold]BigOx22[/bold] wrote: Bye bye! Thanks for the promotion but now lets give Chris Allen the Job till the end of the season at least and see how he goes.[/p][/quote]I would not be in favour of considering Allen for the rest of the season, yes if Wilder goes put him in charge while we locate a decent manager. What we do not want at this stage is more of the same in the shape of Lewis & Melville. South Upper 87
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11:19am Fri 24 Jan 14

New Manor rename says...

Paul Ince might want to rebuild his reputation in a lower division?
......or how about a passionate Italian duo of Robbie Di Matteo or Paulo DiCanio? That will upset the neighbours. (I don't really want him just think it will be funny!)
Chris Allen would need to step up from youth and perhaps be someone's deputy for a while. We certainly want to keep him though.
Paul Ince might want to rebuild his reputation in a lower division? ......or how about a passionate Italian duo of Robbie Di Matteo or Paulo DiCanio? That will upset the neighbours. (I don't really want him just think it will be funny!) Chris Allen would need to step up from youth and perhaps be someone's deputy for a while. We certainly want to keep him though. New Manor rename
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11:29am Fri 24 Jan 14

Grandpont Tom says...

I would guess that Mr. Wilder would like to stay at OUFC and this is a not very subtle way of smoking out a new 2 or 3 year contract from the Chairman. (why on earth would he make a sideways move for any other reason)
If he does go - then what about Martin Allen rather than Chris?
I would guess that Mr. Wilder would like to stay at OUFC and this is a not very subtle way of smoking out a new 2 or 3 year contract from the Chairman. (why on earth would he make a sideways move for any other reason) If he does go - then what about Martin Allen rather than Chris? Grandpont Tom
  • Score: 1

11:59am Fri 24 Jan 14

KPGenius says...

It's a difficult one. Wilder has done a far better job than many people will give him credit for. We're competing toe to toe with far better resourced clubs such as Chesterfield and Fleetwood and I don't hear people calling for paul cook or graham alexander's head, when their teams should be out of sight. Nonetheless, I wonder whether Wilder can build an attack that can get us up this year. He certainly needs another forward and keeping Smalley now looks a costly mistake. If he does go? The club is in good shape, we should be able to attract a good manager, Gary Rowett or Mickey Mellon spring to mind. Less popular guys such as Martin Allen or Sturrock know how to get out of this league too although they would divide opinion.
It's a difficult one. Wilder has done a far better job than many people will give him credit for. We're competing toe to toe with far better resourced clubs such as Chesterfield and Fleetwood and I don't hear people calling for paul cook or graham alexander's head, when their teams should be out of sight. Nonetheless, I wonder whether Wilder can build an attack that can get us up this year. He certainly needs another forward and keeping Smalley now looks a costly mistake. If he does go? The club is in good shape, we should be able to attract a good manager, Gary Rowett or Mickey Mellon spring to mind. Less popular guys such as Martin Allen or Sturrock know how to get out of this league too although they would divide opinion. KPGenius
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12:06pm Fri 24 Jan 14

glowhead says...

I think that is the problem with the club at the moment not so much Mr Wilders capabity in managing its tthe fact his hands are tied to involving some of the ex players as background staff and they cannot meet the criteria. So if he goes then clear all of them to bring in fresh ideas. Whatever happens the directors need to take this seriously as time is running out and we dunt want to be non runners again this season!!
I think that is the problem with the club at the moment not so much Mr Wilders capabity in managing its tthe fact his hands are tied to involving some of the ex players as background staff and they cannot meet the criteria. So if he goes then clear all of them to bring in fresh ideas. Whatever happens the directors need to take this seriously as time is running out and we dunt want to be non runners again this season!! glowhead
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2:35pm Fri 24 Jan 14

adlibber says...

Wilder deserves credit for getting us back into the league but he has struggled to take the club forward and he has been given greater resources than many other clubs in this division. Wilder has also been fortunate to manage a club that has a good fanbase which will grow if success comes our way. Sadly I think Wilder is the only manager who has managed a club in the top four of this division yet crowds are falling. If he goes I think Lewis&Melville need to go too. The players we have should be good enough and also deserve a kick up the behind for going missing in games. A new manager may rejuvenate some players and maybe Lenagan will give a new man support to bring in one or two additions.

I have lost faith in Wilder and if he's going he needs to go now to give the replacement a chance to revive our promotion ambitions. Wilder has had 5 years at this club and 3 of those have been mediocre.
Wilder deserves credit for getting us back into the league but he has struggled to take the club forward and he has been given greater resources than many other clubs in this division. Wilder has also been fortunate to manage a club that has a good fanbase which will grow if success comes our way. Sadly I think Wilder is the only manager who has managed a club in the top four of this division yet crowds are falling. If he goes I think Lewis&Melville need to go too. The players we have should be good enough and also deserve a kick up the behind for going missing in games. A new manager may rejuvenate some players and maybe Lenagan will give a new man support to bring in one or two additions. I have lost faith in Wilder and if he's going he needs to go now to give the replacement a chance to revive our promotion ambitions. Wilder has had 5 years at this club and 3 of those have been mediocre. adlibber
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Eraser says...

Let's look at CW - he's tried hard but we only got back into the FL because York pulled off a shock in beating Luton and the odds of them doing it twice were slim at best.
Since we've been back we have consistently collapsed in the second half of the season and it looks like that trend is repeating.
The coaching staff is too defensive and CW is tactically short of ideas at home.
Credit for the away form but from the chairman's point of view it's no good financially. Reverse the results and we'd be ramming the stadium full of fans...and bringing in the cash. Those that support CW are probably the die hards who travel away - fine - I applaud you but you 500 won't pay the rent at home.
If I was IL I'd let him go - in fact I'd have got shot of him last year but it would have cost too much.
Martin Allen, Paul Sturrock or Aidy Boothroyd for me.
Let's look at CW - he's tried hard but we only got back into the FL because York pulled off a shock in beating Luton and the odds of them doing it twice were slim at best. Since we've been back we have consistently collapsed in the second half of the season and it looks like that trend is repeating. The coaching staff is too defensive and CW is tactically short of ideas at home. Credit for the away form but from the chairman's point of view it's no good financially. Reverse the results and we'd be ramming the stadium full of fans...and bringing in the cash. Those that support CW are probably the die hards who travel away - fine - I applaud you but you 500 won't pay the rent at home. If I was IL I'd let him go - in fact I'd have got shot of him last year but it would have cost too much. Martin Allen, Paul Sturrock or Aidy Boothroyd for me. Eraser
  • Score: 1

8:40am Sat 25 Jan 14

dovepe says...

Cobblers! He won't go He's playing mind games with Mr Lenagan.
Cobblers! He won't go He's playing mind games with Mr Lenagan. dovepe
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