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    GAVLA wrote:
    Who'd want to own a football club? Especially Oxford United. I cannot believe the stick so called fans give Lenagan on this forum. The guy has made mistakes yes , and it was particularly frustrating watching the team implode last season. However the guy has pumped serious money into this football club. I also cannot believe people are suggesting the Methven bid would be better for the football club when they know little, if anything about the structure of the new deal and investment, and hardly anything , about the rival bid apart from the OM coverage. Unbelievable! Why can't people say anything positive and constructive ! Let's give the new management team a chance and see what happens. Win or lose Up the U's
    "Who'd want to own a football club? Especially Oxford United" - What kind of statement is that?! You make it sound like it's mission impossible?! This so called fan has been supporting the club for over 30 years and I have put plenty of my own money through the tills in terms of tix and travel so I have a right like anybody else to say my piece.

    It's fantastic IL is bankrolling us but would you continue to support him if for the next 5, 10, 15 and 20 years we remained static in terms of no better than A div 2 also ran season after season.

    I will say something positive and constructive when the club shows some ambition so I await what now happens on the player recruitment front.

    People should think before they speak instead of sprouting dribble.."
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Lenagan admits Oxford United top job was tough but rewarding

Ian Lenagan at yesterday’s press conference

Ian Lenagan at yesterday’s press conference

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IAN Lenagan enjoyed his two-year spell as chairman of Oxford United, but admitted it was tough.

After yesterday handing over the day-to-day running of the club to Darryl Eales and Mark Ashton, the U’s joint-owner said there had been plenty of good times during his tenure.

But United’s failure to reach the play-offs last season was a huge low, and Lenagan conceded a delay in appointing a permanent successor to Chris Wilder may have contributed to their downfall.

However, the 68-year-old does not regret his decision to appoint Mickey Lewis as caretaker manager.

“It has taken its strain, of course it has,” he said.

“But there are the compensations because it has been a lot of fun.

“It was not a lot of fun at the end of last season, but we’ve had some good times.

“I have particularly enjoyed the young players coming through.

“Whether with Gary Waddock or now Michael Appleton, there is a belief that squad development is the future for Oxford United and I am very proud that I have forced that through over the last two years. That will continue.”

He added: “We are talking here almost as if I’m going, but I’m certainly not.

“The fact I am now on the Football League and FA board was one of the key factors in now needing a new chairman and chief executive and for me to focus on the stadium bid.”

When Wilder quit United at the end of January, the side looked nailed on for a top-seven finish, with the possibility of automatic promotion.

However, a poor run of form saw Lewis replaced by Gary Waddock.

But his arrival did little to halt the slide as United dropped down the league to finish eighth.

“Whether with Mickey Lewis or a replacement manager I thought we would get to the play-offs,” Lenagan said. “So did almost everybody else.

“Do I take responsibility for a two or three-week delay? Yes, but that’s all.

“I would have made the decision to appoint Mickey Lewis as an interim manager again, but it didn’t work out. That’s life.

“Sometimes you fail and I don’t mind occasionally failing. You can’t get it 100 per cent right.

“But I have to say that there has been nobody prepared to put in as much time or money as me and my two sons have.

“We are appreciated by the vast majority of Oxford United fans.”

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