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Next Oxford United boss must buy into club's principles

Ian Lenagan

Ian Lenagan

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

AN ABILITY to bring through young talent will be a key attribute for candidates looking to become the next Oxford United manager

The process to find Chris Wilder’s replacement is under way, although a quick appointment is unlikely, with the board believed to favour a thorough interview process, similar to when they handed Wilder the job in 2008.

Chairman Ian Lenagan is keeping an open mind over whether they make a permanent appointment, or operate with an interim boss until the end of the season.

But there are certain strengths the U’s require.

Chief among these will be a commitment to promote talent from within.

Lenagan said: “I think the principles of the strategies that I and my board have for Oxford United are well known.

“We certainly would want a manager who espouses those strategies.”

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