Oxford MailUPDATE: James Constable leaves Oxford United and joins Eastleigh (From Oxford Mail)

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    dianenewsham wrote:
    How embarrassing that a non league club has more ambition than leneghan has for Oxford United. Had heard from within the club that Beano's offer was more a PR exercise to appease the fans - how patronising is Leneghan?!? Beano always gave 100%,was leading goal scorer for the last 6 seasons, so close to breaking the all time goal scoring record and was desperate to stay at the club - how bad that offer must have been for him to turn it down. Good luck Beano - thanks for all the great memories - Wembley and those goals against that lot dowm the A420 to name but a few. I can only apologise for the disgraceful way you have been treated by the club. Note to leneghan - not a good day to send out my season ticket renewal. Please use those short arms to reach down into your deep pockets and SPEND MONEY on decent players because if I'm now seriously reconsidering renewing my season ticket because of your lack of ambition for the club, lots more people must be too. A very sad day for Oxford United. Never been more disillusioned about the future - not even when we were relegated to the Conference.
    Why shoud Leneghan, or anybody else have to reach into their pockets, the club is a business and as such should support itself, not have to relyon individuals to spend their personal wealth. The club has to cut it's cloth to match it's means.

    All these people that say Oxford is a big club and should act like it should get a reality check, we are not a big club and certainly don't have a big budget; yes we have the catchment and potential to be a big club but, in general, attendances have never been outstanding without the "one-off" glory hunts for the big days. Without other sources of revenue the club will never progress on attendance income alone.

    At the end of the day I would rather we stood still for a bit and the club survived because by spending money we don't have will only end up in one result and that is really unthinkable."
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UPDATE: James Constable leaves Oxford United and joins Eastleigh

Oxford Mail: James Constable James Constable

James Constable has turned down Oxford United's new contract offer and has joined Eastleigh on a two-year deal.

The iconic striker, who is just one goal short of equalling the all-time goalscoring record, was offered a new contract after his previous deal expired at the end of the season.

But the 29-year-old has rejected the terms.

He told the club's official website: “I have absolutely loved my time at the club and would like to thank everyone for making my time there so special.

"The fans have been unbelievable and I can’t thank them enough for everything.

"The club has been a massive part of my life for the last six years and it’s sad to be leaving but now I am looking forward to the next stage of my career.”

Eastleigh, who last season won promotion into the Conference Premier, are managed by former U's player Richard Hill.

He was delighted to have secured Constable's services.

"I’ve spent the past two-and-a-half weeks speaking to James and telling him all about what we are striving to achieve here," Hill said.

"On the three occasions we’ve met, and during numerous telephone conversations, the subject of money has never been raised.

"In truth, James was keen to stay at Oxford and overhaul the club’s scoring record; a feat that after six years of committed service there he was desperate to achieve.

"He was initially holding out in the hope that Oxford would offer him fair terms to stay and do that.

"Oxford’s loss, though, is definitely our gain."

 

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