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  • "For me personally, this is a very sad day for Oxford United. I also feel very angry and frustrated.

    Some people are saying "maybe it was time", but I completely disagree, and I think people should reconsider what that actually means.

    "Maybe it was time" means that we are all fed up with hearing from a very silly, ignorant, vocal minority who have not the faintest idea about senior football management, but by their constant heaping of scorn upon Chris Wilder for every perceived mistake they have eventually managed to get their way by removing a very good manager from his position.

    "Maybe it was time" means that we no longer have to listen to them carping on about Wilder.

    The problem is, now was ABSOLUTELY NOT THE FLIPPING TIME TO BE SWAPPING OUT OUR MANAGER!

    Make no mistake about it, Chris Wilder is no longer here because of the likes of Oldun, BigAlBiker, Richard Wickson, etc. Our chairman would have offered Chris a new contract, but knew he could not do that because of the Muppet's response.

    Well - you got what you wanted guys. We have handed our long-term manager to a local rival team at the bottom of the table. Whilst you think you have done a good job, I would say do did bleedin' Judas Iscariot.

    Fans of every single League Two club, apart from you morons, are looking at these headlines this morning and scratching their heads, and well they might.

    I suppose the great news is that we are now definitely going to get automatic promotion now, right guys?!

    I mean, Wilder was such a clueless moron, that if he with his very limited management capabilities was able to get us to 6th in the table, then presumably a new "proper", "decent" manager will take this team and storm the league now, with "attacking" intent and "clever substitutions" and be able to "properly coach the forwards" etc etc blah blah blah.

    Well I certainly hope you're right. We have to hope now that the same Chairman who recruited Wilder to get us out of the Conference can recruit a manager to get us into League One. We're HOPING, because we've gambled.

    It really worries me that our "muppet fans" (and everyone reading this knows exactly what I mean) have this influence over the club, where they from time to time get rid of perfectly good managers because it suits their idiotic beliefs.

    The last time this happened it was Ian Atkins and we all know what happened next. I place direct blame for our fall into the Conference and our years there on those "muppet fans". Oh I know you will scream blue murder at me for saying that, but it's much more based on fact than your ridiculous assertions about Chris Wilder.

    How are the Muppets going to feel if we lose our unbeaten away record against Exeter on Tuesday? How are the muppets going to feel if we slip outside of the top 7 spots for the first time this season?

    Having had a season of "Oldun's" posts always ending with "Top 3 at the end of the season is all that matters", I propose that I now end all my posts as follows:-

    "The Muppets got rid of our manager - Our away record must remain intact, home performances must be fantastic, and automatic promotion is the minimum we can now expect....otherwise Muppets OUT!"."
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It's all over as Chris Wilder's Oxford United reign ends

Chris Wilder on the touchline for the last time as Oxford United boss

Chris Wilder on the touchline for the last time as Oxford United boss

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Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

A TURBULENT weekend at Oxford United finally reached a conclusion last night when Chris Wilder’s lengthy spell as manager officially ended.

At 10pm it was revealed the club had accepted the 46-year-old’s resignation and agreed compensation to pave the way for him to be unveiled as Northampton Town boss this morning.

He quickly signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Sixfields, appointing Alan Knill as his assistant.

It eventually drew a line under what had been a farcical 24 hours.

Within minutes of the final whistle in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Torquay United, Wilder, who took over in December 2008, told the players it was probably his last game in charge.

He left the ground and U’s chairman Ian Lenagan spoke to the media at length, saying he understood the manager had resigned and Mickey Lewis had been appointed as caretaker-boss, although there was no formal letter.

A confusing situation was summed up by the U’s chairman when he said: “In some respects at the back of my mind I’m not glad that we’ve reached this situation, but at least the situation has been resolved one way or the other, or at least I think it has.”

But those comments provoked a swift response from Wilder, who put out a statement denying he had stepped down.

It was clear the relationship between the pair had completely broken down, but after a day of negotiations behind the scenes yesterday, United finally broke their silence to bring clarity to the situation last night.

Oxford Mail:

  • Time's up: Chris Wilder has left his role as Oxford United boss

The move removed the possibility of a drawn-out legal battle, which Lenagan hinted at on Saturday, but there remains the awkward fact that Wilder has walked out on a side in the play-offs to join a club four points adrift at the bottom of the Football League.

The U’s chairman went on record to thank Wilder, who in 2010 ended their four-year exile in non-League and leaves them in contention to win another promotion.

Lenagan said: “He has worked very hard and helped move the club from the Conference to becoming an established League Two side.

“We are grateful for his efforts on behalf of Oxford, but disappointed that he chose not to continue to the end of this season’s journey.”

Oxford Mail:

  • Chris Wilder heads down the tunnel at half-time on Saturday

Wilder’s move up the A43 set his new club on what could be a fascinating collision course with his former employers.

The final round of fixtures in May sees United visit Sixfields, an encounter which could have implications at both ends of the table.

Wilder’s first match in charge of the Cobblers will be at home to Rochdale tomorrow night – where a win for his new side would be a big boost for Oxford’s promotion hopes.

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