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Oxford Mail: Mickey Lewis Mickey Lewis

OXFORD United caretaker manager Mickey Lewis is hopeful of strengthening the squad before tomorrow night’s transfer deadline.

Bolstering a forward line which has netted just twice in the last five games is still the priority before the 11pm deadline, but there is also a problem at the other end of the pitch.

Michael Raynes came off with a hip injury in Tuesday night’s goalless draw at Exeter City and will be assessed today.

It is a particular issue, coming hot on the heels of Jake Wright being ruled out for at least a month with a deep cut picked up in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Torquay United.

Although David Hunt and Tom Newey have filled in successfully at times this season, Lewis admitted it was “a little bit of a worry” and was planning to speak to Ian Lenagan. The chairman made it clear on Saturday there was money available to bring in up to two strikers and a midfielder.

And Lewis remains upbeat that deals can be tied up before the window shuts.

He said: “We’re still working on it. I said last week that sometimes it can be frustrating and takes a lot longer than people imagine.

“There are a lot of avenues to go through, but hopefully yes.”

* UNITED’s Oxfordshire Senior Cup quarter-final match against Thame United was postponed last night due to a waterlogged pitch.

BEST ODDS.

7-2 Mickey Lewis, 4-1 Martin Allen, 5-1 Aidy Boothroyd, 11-2 Paul Tisdale, 8-1 Sean O’Driscoll, 12-1 Dean Saunders.

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9:59am Thu 30 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

Words about that Nicky Law, presently manager of 3rd place in the Conference Alfreton Town is amongst those applying. He would certainly be different to what we are used to as after 30 games they have only drawn once, losing 12 and won 17. Their for and against is shocking though having conceded 49 goals, that's something like 1.75 a game and have only scored 48 .
If we are going to the Conference for a manager then maybe we should look at Gatesheads Gary Mills, but there are plenty out there, we all have our own choices and thoughts,
Words about that Nicky Law, presently manager of 3rd place in the Conference Alfreton Town is amongst those applying. He would certainly be different to what we are used to as after 30 games they have only drawn once, losing 12 and won 17. Their for and against is shocking though having conceded 49 goals, that's something like 1.75 a game and have only scored 48 . If we are going to the Conference for a manager then maybe we should look at Gatesheads Gary Mills, but there are plenty out there, we all have our own choices and thoughts, Richard Wickson
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2:10pm Thu 30 Jan 14

dave from witney says...

Lot of chat on Twitter that Kevin Keen is fancied and . Not sure who he was till I read that he was Steve Clarke's assistant at West Brom. Young and pretty enthusiastic appartently.
Lot of chat on Twitter that Kevin Keen is fancied and . Not sure who he was till I read that he was Steve Clarke's assistant at West Brom. Young and pretty enthusiastic appartently. dave from witney
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2:46pm Thu 30 Jan 14

marathon2012 says...

I see Mr wilder has already made two signings that did not take him long.
Are these two of the players he was going to bring in i wonder both from Bradford.
I see Mr wilder has already made two signings that did not take him long. Are these two of the players he was going to bring in i wonder both from Bradford. marathon2012
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2:47pm Thu 30 Jan 14

London_Ox says...

dave from witney wrote:
Lot of chat on Twitter that Kevin Keen is fancied and . Not sure who he was till I read that he was Steve Clarke's assistant at West Brom. Young and pretty enthusiastic appartently.
Let's replicate what Wilder did at Northampton with bringing in Knill his old boss as no 2 but getting Keen in and Steve Clarke as he deputy dog.. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: Lot of chat on Twitter that Kevin Keen is fancied and . Not sure who he was till I read that he was Steve Clarke's assistant at West Brom. Young and pretty enthusiastic appartently.[/p][/quote]Let's replicate what Wilder did at Northampton with bringing in Knill his old boss as no 2 but getting Keen in and Steve Clarke as he deputy dog.. ;-) London_Ox
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2:52pm Thu 30 Jan 14

dave from witney says...

London_Ox wrote:
dave from witney wrote:
Lot of chat on Twitter that Kevin Keen is fancied and . Not sure who he was till I read that he was Steve Clarke's assistant at West Brom. Young and pretty enthusiastic appartently.
Let's replicate what Wilder did at Northampton with bringing in Knill his old boss as no 2 but getting Keen in and Steve Clarke as he deputy dog.. ;-)
Love to see that...but not sure the Chairman is prepared to commit so much money....shame though!
[quote][p][bold]London_Ox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: Lot of chat on Twitter that Kevin Keen is fancied and . Not sure who he was till I read that he was Steve Clarke's assistant at West Brom. Young and pretty enthusiastic appartently.[/p][/quote]Let's replicate what Wilder did at Northampton with bringing in Knill his old boss as no 2 but getting Keen in and Steve Clarke as he deputy dog.. ;-)[/p][/quote]Love to see that...but not sure the Chairman is prepared to commit so much money....shame though! dave from witney
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3:29pm Thu 30 Jan 14

adlibber says...

The list at bottom of this article isn't that impressive at all - why Aidy Boothroyd? that would be a bizarre move. Martin Allen clearly has issues with Chairmen which is why he was quickly moved on from Leicester. Don't think anyone on that list is a worthy full time candidate. No idea who Lenagan will consider but I hope there's a few surprises amongst his choices.
The list at bottom of this article isn't that impressive at all - why Aidy Boothroyd? that would be a bizarre move. Martin Allen clearly has issues with Chairmen which is why he was quickly moved on from Leicester. Don't think anyone on that list is a worthy full time candidate. No idea who Lenagan will consider but I hope there's a few surprises amongst his choices. adlibber
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5:58pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

marathon2012 wrote:
I see Mr wilder has already made two signings that did not take him long.
Are these two of the players he was going to bring in i wonder both from Bradford.
Makes one wonder if he has signed players he was looking at last week when he was still our manager. Sadly with 24 hours to go we still have no news of any signings. I think we need them as the injury list grows although it's forward power we wanted but defenders falling by the match, no disrespect to the players we have but the squad was already to thin to mount a proper promotion push, that was shown before Christmas when other teams dropped points at the sMe time as we did, had we had game changers on the bench we could have taken advantage. While I still think Promotion is a possibility we have made it tougher for ourselves and therefore more forward power is essential to push on and get more home wins and increase the home gates.
[quote][p][bold]marathon2012[/bold] wrote: I see Mr wilder has already made two signings that did not take him long. Are these two of the players he was going to bring in i wonder both from Bradford.[/p][/quote]Makes one wonder if he has signed players he was looking at last week when he was still our manager. Sadly with 24 hours to go we still have no news of any signings. I think we need them as the injury list grows although it's forward power we wanted but defenders falling by the match, no disrespect to the players we have but the squad was already to thin to mount a proper promotion push, that was shown before Christmas when other teams dropped points at the sMe time as we did, had we had game changers on the bench we could have taken advantage. While I still think Promotion is a possibility we have made it tougher for ourselves and therefore more forward power is essential to push on and get more home wins and increase the home gates. Richard Wickson
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6:17pm Thu 30 Jan 14

learned says...

So Wilder now has 3 signings- 2 strikers- us none !
Why are we not attractive ? Lack of a manager I wonder. ?
So Wilder now has 3 signings- 2 strikers- us none ! Why are we not attractive ? Lack of a manager I wonder. ? learned
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7:02pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Pherky says...

Any truth in the rumour that Mr Kitson wants a go at it. Player manager.
Any truth in the rumour that Mr Kitson wants a go at it. Player manager. Pherky
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7:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

Wilder has appointed an assistant within a few hours and three players in a couple of days. Just makes you think how long he has been lined up for the Northampton job...loyal to us till the end...I doubt it.

Was reading up about Kevin Keen, seems he is very strong with bringing on youth players within a club. Coach at Liverpool, West Ham and West Brom. Never heard of him before like others but , could well fit the bill.
Wilder has appointed an assistant within a few hours and three players in a couple of days. Just makes you think how long he has been lined up for the Northampton job...loyal to us till the end...I doubt it. Was reading up about Kevin Keen, seems he is very strong with bringing on youth players within a club. Coach at Liverpool, West Ham and West Brom. Never heard of him before like others but , could well fit the bill. South Upper 87
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1:42am Fri 31 Jan 14

OX4-OUFC says...

Strangely I agree with many of the comments on here for a change ! Lewis aside, the obvious list of journeymen sacked out of work managers in the above article in my opinion are certainly not an improvement on Wilder. If any of them were then Northampton would have probably gone for one of those guys (not Boothroyd again !) instead of Wilder and saved themselves some compensation money. Kitson is certainly one of the more articulate and intelligent players I have heard speak for a long time and I would imagine he with a more experienced coach could be an interesting player manager candidate, not that he plays that much for us these days !!!! Kevin Keen also seems to be a much more interesting candidate than those other names mentioned in the article.
Strangely I agree with many of the comments on here for a change ! Lewis aside, the obvious list of journeymen sacked out of work managers in the above article in my opinion are certainly not an improvement on Wilder. If any of them were then Northampton would have probably gone for one of those guys (not Boothroyd again !) instead of Wilder and saved themselves some compensation money. Kitson is certainly one of the more articulate and intelligent players I have heard speak for a long time and I would imagine he with a more experienced coach could be an interesting player manager candidate, not that he plays that much for us these days !!!! Kevin Keen also seems to be a much more interesting candidate than those other names mentioned in the article. OX4-OUFC
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6:30am Fri 31 Jan 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Any players that have signed for Northampton and wilder very recently are unlikely to have chosen them before us, if they had a choice and the deal was similar.
Unless, Cobblers have made them substantially better offers than we have?
If this is the case it speaks volumes for our ambitions.
Any players that have signed for Northampton and wilder very recently are unlikely to have chosen them before us, if they had a choice and the deal was similar. Unless, Cobblers have made them substantially better offers than we have? If this is the case it speaks volumes for our ambitions. Brenda Jackson
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8:51am Fri 31 Jan 14

New Manor rename says...

Leon Clarke has just gone back to Wolves from Coventry. This frees up a move for Liam McAlinden (on loan to Shrewsbury until December but recalled for cover) He scores consistently and is Pemier League rated. Great loanee for 5 months!

Regarding Mr Wilder. He hardly showed a keen eye for spotting loan talent (Robbie Hall aside). Northampton are welcome to all of them.

New manger? Agree 100% with above who say we do not want one off the merry go round of mediocracy! New blood. Fresh ideas and great drive and enthusiasm. Dean Windass and Dave Kitson already mentioned. 2 possibles. What about Paul Scholes or Nicky Butt? Both have done coaching badges and are filling minor roles at Man Utd. Both showed the sort of attitude on the pitch that we are seeking.
Leon Clarke has just gone back to Wolves from Coventry. This frees up a move for Liam McAlinden (on loan to Shrewsbury until December but recalled for cover) He scores consistently and is Pemier League rated. Great loanee for 5 months! Regarding Mr Wilder. He hardly showed a keen eye for spotting loan talent (Robbie Hall aside). Northampton are welcome to all of them. New manger? Agree 100% with above who say we do not want one off the merry go round of mediocracy! New blood. Fresh ideas and great drive and enthusiasm. Dean Windass and Dave Kitson already mentioned. 2 possibles. What about Paul Scholes or Nicky Butt? Both have done coaching badges and are filling minor roles at Man Utd. Both showed the sort of attitude on the pitch that we are seeking. New Manor rename
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