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  • "I have been very impressed with how our club has gone about signing a new manager. Who else would we want representing our club!
    GW from 70 odd people - yes please. How IL has gone about this signing has given me nothing but confidence in GW.
    I really do not understand how 'fans' reject GW because he is not a high profile name - who the hell cares. What would a high profile name give us, it definitely is not 1st place for the next 2 years, IL has seen passed egos and has signed someone who matches the criteria. While I am slightly sceptical when IL constantly refers to a rugby club as a way of running a football club. Maybe I'm being a little fallacious and assume there is a difference when there might be very little. IL is in charge and is clearly a very intelligent chairman so I put trust in."
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Oxford United chairman pleased to keep it all a secret

Gary Waddock and Ian Lenagan

Gary Waddock and 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

DESPITE the process to find a new head coach lasting almost eight weeks, Oxford United chairman Ian Lenagan was delighted to keep the identity of his choice under wraps.

Even people well connected with the board were in the dark until the very end, when the announcement was made on Saturday.

There had been speculation about Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale and Accrington’s James Beattie, especially in the last week.

Gary Waddock’s name had not featured prominently in the betting and the spotlight only turned on him after he was seen at the Kassam Stadium watching Friday night’s 1-0 win over Hartlepool United.

Lenagan was pleased the club had been able to keep people guessing.

He said: “I have been adamant that there’s no reason why football has to leak.

“We have kept it quiet until the day.

“There were rumours because Gary was here on Friday night, but equally there were rumours about (Steve) Fletcher and Tisdale and all sorts of people.

“I was determined we wouldn’t do that and we’ve done it well.”

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