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    Taff Ewe wrote:
    Let's bring some perspective here. Season on season we are improving. Maybe not by big enough leaps or qick enough, but it is progress.

    There is the core of a good squad here that has proved it is able to hold it's own in this league.

    How do you think the Scunthorpe fans felt about their squad during the first 3rd of the season? Probably exactly the same as we do right now, however that squad had no major overhauls but were clearly the best in the league and proved it.

    Only when we go into reverse do we need major change.
    What you failed to mention is that Scunthorpe changed their manager and that made the difference. They then went on a 28 game unbeaten run. We at OU are delighted when our club win 3 on the bounce as it isn't something they regularly do. I am not saying we can't do similar but, and it's a huge but, the present squad and current manager don't inspire confidence that they could go on a long unbeaten run, we did well with the away run under Wilder but that evaporated after his vanishing act, we also saw some quite shocking home games during that time and hope as much as I do the club in general doesn't inspire confidence at present. I read a post on here that Lenagan needs to find a buyer, that won't be easy as we are not a natural draw to the wealthy would be football club buyers, Jim Smith was touting us round a few seasons back but all of that came to nothing, talking of the bald eagle we could do with some of his input as he at least has far better contacts than anybody else in the club at present, he's past his sell by date as a manager but has contacts within the game that may be beneficial to us if indeed we need or want a different owner, sadly as astute as IL is in business I think he has taken us as far as his millions allow him to, footballs a different business to most others and lower league clubs in the main make little or no profit so it's a no win situation for most owners and with the club being in Kassams pocket in terms of rent and contract we really are between a rock and a hard place."
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Waddock: No Oxford United players will be transfer-listed

Gary Waddock will not be placing any under-contract Oxford United players on the transfer list

Gary Waddock will not be placing any under-contract Oxford United players on the transfer list

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Oxford United’s players have been given no assurances they will be in the side next season, but Gary Waddock has not transfer-listed anyone under contract.

During a desperately disappointing finish to the campaign, which saw the U’s drop out of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places, the head coach suggested nobody was safe this summer.

Following a home defeat to Accrington Stanley last month, he said: “Big decisions need to be made and they certainly will be.”

Deane Smalley, Sean Rigg and Scott Davies, whose contracts expired at the end of the season, were released last week.

Loan trio Ryan Williams, Nicky Wroe and David Connolly have returned to their parent clubs, while James Constable and Tom Newey are considering contract offers.

For the moment no-one else is likely to leave, with those remaining at the club told they will be given the chance to claim a place in the team during pre-season.

Waddock said: “I’ve spoken to the players who are under contract.

“When they come back in they have to earn the right.”

The U’s boss has been busy chasing targets to improve the squad since the season finished, but is not actively looking to free up more room in the squad by making players available for transfer.

“There’s no point in doing that,” he said.

“There’s a good group of people here.

“The one thing I did say is there’s no guarantee they will be starting in that first team – that goes across the board.

“The ones I’ve moved out are out of contract and they’ve gone.

“Players that don’t figure in the early part of the season will have to make their minds up.”

Waddock also confirmed Jake Wright will remain United captain after the club activated a clause in the defender’s contract which extends his stay for another 12 months.

He said: “We’ve had a number of conversations since I’ve been here and he’s been good within the dressing room.

“His form wants to be better than it has been and he’s had injuries through the course of the season.

“He needs a breather just like all the other players do.”

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