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    onthebench wrote:
    Having a go at the Chairman is so wrong. Quite a few people have now said the Chairman needs to put his hands into his pocket! He has lent the club over £6 Million INTEREST FREE! The guy is either crazy, or he really does have the best interests of the club at heart. I firmly believe the latter. Saying he should go back to rugby is ludicrous and so naive. I guess what everyone wants is someone with more sense than money, but those people always want a Premier League club. Nearly every club in the FL is run at a loss as ours is. However, hardly any have an owner who let's his financial commitments do the talking. Anyone who thinks otherwise should try spending more money than they earn for a while and sit back and see how long it is until the Bank gives you a call! It is going to be a struggle for Waddock because he will not be given a much bigger playing budget than he has now - and quite rightly so, I don't want to be supporting another Portsmouth or Plymouth! However, he is a good Manager I am convinced. Much of the squad have played their way OUT of a contract and we will see many changes in the close season. Next season we will probably have a midfield which is something we have lacked from the very first game of this one. Just don't go expecting a big splash out on new signings, Lenagan is an exceptionally good Chairman, but he is not Father Christmas and he is also certainly no fool. If anyone wants to really help the club in the best way they can, buy a season ticket. That's what I am going to do ( as usual!).
    I guess you are having a go at. E and you are entitled to your opinion as I am mine. I don't want to support a premier league team unless by some miracle OU get their. And I fully realise IL has loaned the club £6 million but truth is it hasn't helped the club improve in a football playing sense, if anything he has kept us going with Managers who haven't developed the playing side well enough. It's an easy thing to work out, we can't beat playing sides because we are not a playing side, we (still) can't defend set pieces well enough or exploit enough of our own set pieces and attacks. I wouldn't watch anyone else and am a proper fan so I will always say it as I see it, because I care about the club, I worry that the "stay away" fans will cost the club dear but I know enough of them to realise that it's the style of football we play that keeps them away. Just look at how many turned up at Wembley to see the club get back into the football league and you realise that 5000 is a poor gate, I know most of the 33,000 won't go but gates of 8000 plus should be the minimum for OU. As regards your comment on the season ticket, I live in Cheshire so do a 320 mile round trip for home games and attend regularly and despite my protestations I know I will continue to. I am also aware that IL has bankrolled the club reasonably well but think the way the money has been spent, most of it going to Kassam, hasn't been well thought out. Look at the clubs that are reasonably successful and they take more of their chances and attack with more pace and vigour which in itself entertains more, yes you won't neccesarily win all your games but you win more than you lose so be reasonably successful and keep bums on seats. Unfortunately IL probably can't provide a new stadium and personally I don't want us to stay at the Kassam, we don't need a stadium as big but something that will accommodate 9 to 10 thousand will suffice, whilst he is bankrolling FK he isn't bankrolling the club adequately, it's a fact. He is also the first to admit that Wigan are his first love he has been very successful there, he's also been very successful as a business man but football is a very different business and if you look around the clubs that don't own their grounds are among the least successful partly because when the going gets tough they don't have the money to strengthen to push on. With the squad we have had this season we have probably over achieved but the fans haven't been entertained anywhere near enough. A younger, cheaper, fitter squad that can take the game to the opposition is what we need and if the club own the stadium they play in then it wouldn't cost as much as IL is spending per season to do it, yes we might stay in Division 4 a few years more but so be it, a successful team in this Division is better than an unsuccessful team in the one above and we would have been back down pretty quick had we gone up. Owning where we play is fundamental to the future success of this club, continue to line Kassam's pockets and we won't be successful on the pitch!"
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Oxford United boss refuses to throw in the towel

Oxford Mail: United's players look disconsolate after going a goal down at Scunthorpe United's players look disconsolate after going a goal down at Scunthorpe

GARY Waddock ref-used to give up on Oxford United reaching the play-offs, but a 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United left them needing a miracle.

With York City and Southend United winning their Easter Monday games, the U’s are five points adrift of the top seven with only two games remaining against Accrington and Northampton.

Matt Sparrow’s 15th-minute strike was the difference, but without another excellent display from goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, the margin of victory could have been worse.

With the exception of a glorious chance fired wide by Alfie Potter just after falling behind, United’s best attacking spell came in second-half stoppage time.

Waddock admitted it was a tall order to get something out of the campaign now and was bitterly disappointed to be on the losing side for the fifth time in his six games in charge.

“It’s still there mathematically, (but) it gets harder and harder because we have only got the two games left,” the head coach said.

“It’s another defeat, which I’m not happy with.

“We had a fantastic chance once they scored with Alfie, and another one at the end with Beano (James Constable).

“I don’t like this feeling, it’s happened too often.”

Waddock was particularly irritated with the visitors’ first-half display, which left them chasing the game.

He said: “You want to give yourselves a platform to build on.

“We’re away from home and have come up against a side on a fantastic run and their confidence is high.

“The goal we conceded was far too easy and that summed up for me how we have been in the back-end of the season – that’s not acceptable.”

Jake Wright felt there were improvements after the break, but acknowledged it was too little, too late.

The United skipper said: “I think the performance in the second half was good.

“We’re not going to give up, but it’s a little bit too late, we should have been like that in the last five or six games.

“If we had done that, I’m sure we would have had a lot more points than we have now.

“We’ve come to a team that’s 28 games unbeaten and they have done that because they work hard, stick together and stick to their game plan.

“In the second half we were a lot better, but we can’t keep giving rubbish goals away and try to get back in the game.”

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