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    London_Ox wrote:
    Oxon21 wrote:
    I think oxford united have hung chris wilder out to dry. The poor man was refused permission to talk to northampton, but at ghe same time was not offered a new contract,

    IL should be ashamed of himself putting a man and his family in such uncertainty.

    Thanks Chris and good luck at northampton
    Hung out to dry? How so? IL indicated that he would make an appropriate decision extending his contract based on how we finished this season which I think it fair enough and what the general majority of supporters would agree with. I think had we faired better in the table and were looking good for promotion by March, IL would possibly pulled the trigger earlier and offered him a new contract on good faith.

    Wilder resigning can be viewed in many ways, i.e looking after himself and ensuring he is all set in and more likely to be in a job for next season but I think it was more that he didn't have confidence in his own faith to get the job done properly this season so he jumped ship before he was pushed.

    Thanks for getting us out the conference Chris and all your efforts but I think a change was long over due for both parties.
    I agree that possibly CW has decided to take matters into his own hands, he knew what the score was and I don't think the Chairman has done anything remotely wrong, CW knew that the play offs were the very least expected of the team this season and at present we are still on course to deliver that. Chris hasn't shown himself to be a great motivator, doesn't inspire players and the fact a lot of strikers have moved elsewhere while it was known we were actively looking (although it isn't known if the Chairmen would sanction new players) says a lot, I think as a club we might be attractive to players so is it it CW that wasn't? Maybe we will never know. Sad to say that Mickey Lewis isn't the answer so I hope the Chairman can bring the right man in quickly. As a top six team we should have interest from Managers looking to either find a club or move on, we do need someone with a proven record at this level and above, we need a manager that isn't looking to change clubs season by season, CW gave us stability and got us out of the dreaded Conference and has my sincere thanks for that, I have never been his No:1 fan but appreciate he has done his best for this club. He has appeared to struggle at times, he hasn't attracted decent loan signings although has assembled a decent squad this season although his shortfall always has been picking goal scorers, something he has struggled with again this season. Hopefully whoever comes in will re-ignite the promotion push, will bring in a goal scorer and will get us promoted. Finally thanks for what you achieved here Chris, good luck at Northamtpton!"
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Ian Lenagan: Wilder has quit as Oxford United manager

Wilder resigns as Oxford United manager

Wilder resigns as Oxford United manager

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CHRIS Wilder has resigned as Oxford United manager, according to chairman Ian Lenagan.

The 46-year-old is believed to have informed the players of his decision minutes after their 1-0 win against Torquay United this afternoon.

It has come after Lenagan rejected an approach from Northampton Town yesterday to speak with Wilder about their vacant manager's position.

The U's chairman has not received a resignation letter, something he described as "bizarre" but has asked Mickey Lewis to act as caretaker boss.

Lenagan said: "My understanding is Chris Wilder has in the last half an hour told the players that he is going and will not be back at Oxford after today.

"That is all I've heard. I'm not sure, I've just looked in his office and he's not there, but it would appear that he has resigned.

"It seems a very peculiar way to do it, but he has told the players.

"He told me yesterday and the day before that he would resign at the end of the match."

Wilder took over at United in December 2008 and his five-year tenure made him the third longest serving manager in English football's top four divisions.

When he took over the club were in the bottom half of the Conference and he went on to lead them back into the Football League after a play-off final victory at Wembley in 2010.

Today's win moved United up to sixth in League Two.

Lenagan said: "Chris has done a good job for us and this is a strange way to conclude the matter at the very end.

"But he obviously feels very strongly that with five and a bit months to go on his contract he wants the security of somewhere else and the fact that he probably believes he would get offered the Northampton job has triggered this sequence of events."

The U's chairman hinted there may still be the possibility of legal action, but would take time to assess the position.

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