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    Oxokuba wrote:
    AylesburyOx wrote: Personally I think Waddock is the RIGHT man for the job. Having spoken to a friend who worked with him at Wycombe and another pro from MK he's a very positive guy and a sound tactician. There was something more deeply wrong for the last few games of the season than a bad manager and my concern is that we are basically left with the same group of players to proceed into the new season with. I don't want Newey to re-sign and I'm indifferent towards Constable. If there's no money in the pot for transfers then we will have to get behind a strong young team and hope with the addition of professional coaches they can be moulded into a winning squad.
    I am struggling to see how Waddock is considered a sound tactician Aylesbury Ox given his record so far - but perhaps you're right maybe new players and a fresh start might liven things up. I just have a real nagging feeling that Waddock's bad start might drag on into early season. I hope I'm wrong. I agree with you re Constable he is not the player he once was and the club can't afford his salary just so he can choose when to play well and when to drift out of games.
    My information is exactly the same. From reliable sources I am told he is an extremely good coach who will get the side playing attractive football. Waddock IS the right man for the job. The problem really lies in what I have already said. Many of the players were simply not good enough to play the way Waddock wants so we fell away badly because the players could not respond. Wilder brought in hard working battlers, but little or no flair or speed. Waddock will bring in a different type of player. However, he cannot simply change the entire squad. Many people have complained about both full backs last season and I totally agree. But realise this - they were brought in because they are on pretty low wages. That frees more funds for the better type of players we need (a striker who scores regularly and a couple of pacey and creative midfielders). We would all like Waddock to bring in a whole squad of terriffic players, but he will not have the finances to do it. I am confident he will bring in the players who will make the difference. We already have some of the best players in this Division (Mullins, Clarke & Kitson) and if we can add a couple more of that caliber we will do very well and the crowds will come back."
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Oxford United duo told to make decision by end of week

James Constable

James Constable

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

GARY Waddock wants answers from James Constable and Tom Newey about their futures by the end of this week.

The pair were the only players out of contract at Oxford United this summer to be offered new deals last week.

They have spent the weekend considering the terms and Waddock wants a resolution in the next few days so both parties know where they stand.

The U’s head coach said: “Players will want to consider their options, which is fair enough.

“But I also have to consider what I need to do here for this club.

“If you allow it to drag on through the summer it doesn’t help anybody and I would like a quick answer.

“They either want to be a part of it, or they don’t, but saying that I want both of the players here.”

Along with captain Jake Wright, who had an additional season clause activated by the club, Constable was the highest-profile United player out of contract this summer.

The 29-year-old is the longest-serving member of the squad, has been their top-scorer for the last six seasons and is just two goals away from becoming their all-time top marksman.

Newey was only signed last summer, but was United’s first choice left back all season, making 47 starts in all competitions.

Waddock made it clear the ball was in the players’ court and felt the deals were fair.

He said: “In the current climate, the salaries they’ve been offered are good.

“If you look at any football club now you have to be mindful of the figures you are banding about.

“It’s up to the players whether they want to be a part of it.

“We’ve offered them contracts because we want them here, it’s as simple as that.”

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