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    bigchet wrote:
    jc definitely deserves the offer of a new contract, end of story. as for people saying he would not score in div one lets worry about that if we get there he has shown his loyalty to the club and that means a lot to me and many supporters. similarly some people seem to question ian leneghan and the way the club is run and perceived limited investment , well the fact is that he has not got bottomless pockets and no one seems to be able to name another investor prepared to pump millions in as they are few and far between do they not remember life under the tender care of kassam and realise that we are still paying the price today.
    I do agree with you in regard to the fact he is loyal but this season he's hardly been prolific has he ? To me there is a huge problem with the way we train and coach our players and also the formations this club chooses. If you look at the players who have been at this club over the past 10 years and then compare their form when they have moved to another club serious questions do need to be asked. We are a club that is destined to remain in Division 4 and gates will continue to drop as supporters find other clubs to. Watch and/or other things to spend their hard earned money on, it's not just in our Division or City that football supporters are becoming turned off by clubs either, a good number of my work colleagues support Manchester United but with ever spiralling ticket prices, poor form this season and particularly Mr. Rooneyes ridiculous pay increase even they are becoming disenchanted and not renewing season tickets, I even know 2 Man City fans who didn't renew this season and won't next because as they say Football is now for the players, TV companies and corporate boxes not the ordinary fan. This club is in far better hands with IL than ever they were under Firobber Kassam but unless we score goals more frequently we are doomed to the lower reaches for a long time, simple as that!"
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Oxford United open contract talks with Constable

James Constable, pictured in action against Bury, will be represented by his agent today for talks on a new contract with United chairman Ian Lenagan and caretaker manager Mickey Lewis

James Constable, pictured in action against Bury, will be represented by his agent today for talks on a new contract with United chairman Ian Lenagan and caretaker manager Mickey Lewis

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

Long-awaited contract negotiations between Oxford United and James Constable are due to begin today.

The 29-year-old, nicknamed Beano, is the highest-profile member of the squad whose existing deals expire this summer.

A haul of 11 goals so far this season has put him on course to become their top scorer for the sixth successive season, and leaves him only three away from their all-time record.

Constable, who joined in 2008, is the longest-serving player in the squad and last month admitted he was “desperate” to stay.

In the absence of a permanent manager, Ian Lenagan is handling decisions on contracts, along with caretaker boss Mickey Lewis.

The U’s chairman has revealed he is scheduled to meet Constable’s agent, who is his father, Stuart, today and has also held talks with at least two other players.

Lenagan said: “Mickey and I are heavily involved in contract discussions with a number of players.

“We have had a lot of discussions with Josh Ruffels and Tom Newey and a number of other players.

“I’m not excluding anybody by mentioning those three.”

Lenagan has been clear he does not want a repeat of the end to last season, when the club had to make decisions on most of the first-team squad.

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke and youth team prospect Josh Ashby are the only players to sign new deals so far, but more appear to be in the pipeline.

Lenagan said: “It’s an ongoing thing and I’ve had years of experience of doing that with players in contract situations.

“I’m quite comfortable about where we are for the end of the season.”

United are among the promotion contenders, but there is no intention of waiting to see which division they will be in for the next campaign.

He added: “It’s a factor, but many of the players we are talking about – and this was Chris Wilder’s view as well as Mickey Lewis’s – is they are capable of playing in League One.

“There’s no panic about whether we are in League One or Two, but we obviously want to be in League One.”

  • JAMES Constable’s volley at Torquay United failed to make the final shortlist of five for the Mitre Goal of the Year at the Football League Awards later this month.

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