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  • "
    Yellowlines wrote:
    oldun wrote:
    Sid Snakey wrote:

    Are you deliberately trying to be stupid or is it just happening by accident?

    "Much more importantly - he is not here because of IL - and not because of nobodies at OUFCS like me - IL would not on Friday offer him a 3.5 year deal (would you have?) "

    I love this mentality. I love the way you whistle innocently to yourself as a manager bites the dust and then deny all responsibility for it. Each and every one of you who has posted negatively on these forums, or boo'd at matches, or chanted "Wilder Out", or stopped going to matches, or phoned Radio Oxford and had a moan - each of you will deny having any responsibility for the manager leaving, because after all, Lenegan is the chairman and it's his call.

    That's great, since it now leaves you free to moan at the new manager, since you didn't choose him. It won't be your fault if we lose our unbeaten run on Tuesday either, right?

    In fact nothing's ever your fault is it? Have you ever achieved anything of any significance Oldun or BigAl, or do you just enjoy standing outside the tent and pi55ing in on top of those who are working hard to try and improve things?
    "Have you ever achieved anything of any significance Oldun or BigAl,"

    Right Sid Snakey

    "What have YOU achieved of any significance? "

    My guess is that you won't answer that

    I am sill waiting to hear of your credentials as a football manager - as mine (according to you) prevent me from making any comment (unless I agree with you?)

    Despite my stupidity I will continue to appraise (however ignorantly) any manager of OUFC

    No need to be in Mensa to KNOW that Chris has left because of IL's recent action (which I happen to support) - not because of insignificant folk (to OUFC or you) like liitle old me

    SID - three questions in response to your pleasant remarks
    "What have YOU achieved of any significance? "
    "What idea of you got of senior football management?" - credentials, please
    "Why have United's crowds slumped so , so much since the end of the 2011-12 season?"
    Steady Oldun, don't let the moron wind you up. He won't reply to your very sound reasoning.
    I agree. Oldun has got it right. The other muppet must be wearing rose tinted glasses. Perhaps he has appreciated mediocrity. Anyway Sid, step up the medication a bit and good luck with your life in the dark."
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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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