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    cheekychap72 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
    I agree about the security part and if you listen to il he said they were sitting down next month to discuss his contract and footballs a winning game and il losing money because our home form rubbish and if he gave wilder new contract then we dived like last year you would be moaning why new contract
    I am probably one of the few who thought hecwas doing a good job. Limited funds, using youth when injuries occured etc.

    I would not have been adverse to giving him a new contract. However by refusing to allow him the opportunity to talk to Northampton, IL pushed him into a corner. IMO CW has done what any sensible person with a family to look after would have done.

    If IL thought that much of him, then he should have let him talk to Northampton and then make his mind up."
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Ian Lenagan: Wilder has quit as Oxford United manager

Oxford Mail: Wilder resigns as Oxford United manager Wilder resigns as Oxford United manager

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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