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  • "OK ML has had 11 odd games to stamp his authority on the team and has failed. He is as we all know OU through and through but he is not as we can all see a good Manager. As an Assistant he is good, a likeable friendly bloke but I doubt he has the ability to be tough on players when needed. NOW is the time for IL to decide which way he wants OUFC to go, for my money he needs to bring a new guy in who can have 9 games to assess the players who are clearly lacking in any discipline or ideas at this time, decide who he wants to keep (if it were me all would be listed) and plan for next season by lining up fresh players who want to develop and play for OUFC. If we delay any longer then it is not fair for any new manager who will only have pre season to assess the players (would he hold contract talks with some of the current players???? or ship them out) and unfair to ML who needs to know his position. Unlike Big AL (who stated for a second season that he would not buy another season ticket I suspect he will) I will still buy a season ticket next year (even watching OUFC is better than shopping with the wife) I am a lifelong supporter and will continue to be no matter what. Haven't seen oldun for a while has he jumped off Carfax Tower?"
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Weekend to forget as Oxford United hit new low + match highlights video

Weekend to forget as Oxford United hit new low + match highlights video

From left: Josh Ruffels, Ryan Clarke, Jake Wright and Tom Newey can’t believe it as Chesterfield take an early lead on Saturday. It was to prove the beginning of an afternoon to forget for Oxford United

From left: Josh Ruffels, Ryan Clarke, Jake Wright and Tom Newey can’t believe it as Chesterfield take an early lead on Saturday. It was to prove the beginning of an afternoon to forget for Oxford United

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 insisted his focus was only on getting Oxford United back on track amid increasing agitation about the club’s search for a new manager.

Calls for action grew louder on Saturday with a 3-0 defeat at Chesterfield, which saw Tom Newey and Michael Raynes sent off late on.

The U’s ended the game with eight men, as Johnny Mullins was stretchered off with a foot injury after all the substitutes had been used.

It left United winless in six games as their place in the Sky Bet League Two play-offs increasingly comes under threat.

The away fans on Saturday chanted for chairman Ian Lenagan to make a decision, seven weeks after Chris Wilder left the club.

United’s chairman was watching the game, but declined requests to comment on the situation.

Lewis, whose record as caretaker manager is two wins from 11 games, was only able to reiterate that his aims were on what happens on the pitch.

“I can’t keep stressing it enough, it’s not about me,” he said.

“People can have their opinions. I’m happy doing it, I want us to win the next game and that’s all that matters.”

United’s odds of taking something from the game lengthened significantly following a terrible start.

David Hunt and Deane Smalley gifted the league leaders a 2-0 lead, and Lewis was concerned by individual errors.

He said: “It’s got nothing to do with formation, or shape, or personnel, we just gave two awful goals away and it puts yourself on the back foot.

“If you’re playing top of the league and you’re 2-0 down after 15 minutes it’s always going to be difficult.”

Raynes was dismissed for two clumsy challenges, but Newey received a straight red card for a reckless tackle.

Lewis was disappointed and now faces a defensive headache for Friday’s home game against Hartlepool United, which Mullins is also likely to miss.

Lewis said: “It’s a poor challenge by Tommy and as an experienced player it shouldn’t happen.

“It’s frustration and people lacking in confidence.”

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