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    Richard Wickson wrote:
    adlibber wrote:
    Lewis is delusional and players sticking by him because Lewis keeps picking them and they are all failing miserably together. I've not heard a manager praise the way his team plays over 135 minutes where they scored two goals conceded 3 and gained 1 point!. I'd laugh more it it wasn't my club at the end of this bad joke.
    The trouble is Adlibber we are fans and don't like to see the club we spend money and effort supporting underachieving the way they have the past few seasons. The assembled squad looked decent enough to achieve promotion this season in what is a poor Division 4. Part of the problem as I see it, is that we don't play passing football and cannot compete with teams that do. Mickey Lewis was never the answer to the Managerial problem and the longer IL leaves it to bring in a new Manager and coaching team the further we will fall from even the play offs. Confidence amongst the players looks nothing like it was a few short weeks ago and it will take a massive effort now to turn things around. I certainly didn't expect to see ML running the team at all and both him and Melville have proved to all of us that they are not the people to take us up, indeed had we not been so high up we could now be in serious trouble, our current League position is false and without major changes now we are almost certain to even fall from the play offs. I personally think IL's hopes of promotion were never realistic as he couldn't adequately finance a Division 3 club, he would prefer to see us stay where we are. Sadly gates will only continue to fall. Had he acted positively and promptly when CW jumped ship then gates would almost certainly have risen along with hopes of Promotion and I think the thought of financing that scared him, he might have a good business brain but his footballing brain is missing!
    Can't disagree with anything you've said Richard! Disappointment appears to be in our DNA I agree on your view of Lenagan I think he's a decent man but he made a big mistake putting Lewis in charge and leaving him there this long. We could almost own the worn out cliché snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!"
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I'm the right man to turn the tables - Lewis

Mickey Lewis reacts as Cheltenham score late on to snatch a 1-1 draw at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night

Mickey Lewis reacts as Cheltenham score late on to snatch a 1-1 draw at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night

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

Mickey Lewis remains convinced that despite a lack of results he is the right person to be leading Oxford United as the season enters the final ten games.

It is now more than six weeks since Chris Wilder left the club and his former assistant was put in caretaker charge.

After an encouraging start, United’s promotion challenge has stuttered and a 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night means they have collected just two points from the last five games.

Chairman Ian Lenagan has made it clear getting the appointment of a new manager right is his priority.

But in his most recent interview, which came before the U’s collected one point from back-to-back home games, he admitted results would play a factor in how long Lewis was in charge for.

Lenagan said: “It will only be at the end of the season if Mickey gets us back on the winning trail, obviously.”

The caretaker boss, whose side visit leaders Chesterfield on Saturday, acknowledged two victories from ten games was not good enough.

But he was buoyed by the performance against Cheltenham, which followed on from a strong second half in defeat to Burton Albion on Saturday.

When asked whether he was the right man for the job at the moment, Lewis said: “Yes. It’s not true that I’m happy with the way it’s going because I wanted more wins on the table.

“But I think the lads have shown their spirit and the good football they’ve played, especially in the second half against Cheltenham.

“That’s 135 minutes where we’ve performed pretty well, so we go again on Saturday.”

With many of their rivals also struggling, United are not out of contention for automatic promotion, but the gap to the sides outside the play-offs has been slashed from 13 points to just five.

While some fans have seen the slump in results as a sign United need to bring someone in quickly, Lewis is still popular with the players.

Winger Ryan Williams hopes the 49-year-old is in charge at least until the end of the campaign.

He said: “I think Mickey’s a really good leader, he knows how to set up the team and knows how to manage us as players.

“I think I can speak on behalf of all the boys and say we’d love Mick to stay in charge until the end of the season.

“I couldn’t really see anyone else coming in at the moment.”

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