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    London_Ox wrote:
    GAVLA wrote:
    The only drivel quoted on the website is the endless negative comments . I would suggest owning a football club is a thankless task and mission impossible, because individuals like you would always find something to moan about. Yes Mistakes have been made, and people should be held to account for their decisions/ actions, but some of the ill informed comments on here are staggering.
    In addition, the people that constantly bang on that they've paid their entrance fee so they have the right to moan is a flawed one. If you don't like what's happening stop paying your money and go somewhere else to do your moaning. Ian lenagan has pumped over£6million into the club, which based on your logic gives him more right to do some moaning.
    Once good football and business decisions are made, then I'm sure the negative comments will continue. After what happened this season and the unneccessary freefall, what do you expect people to say, positive things?!

    And saying owning a football club is a thankless task and mission impossible, isn't that a negative statement in itself based on your own logic?!

    So people who have spent thousands on going to games, don't have a right to an opinion now?!

    If you are an owner of a football club and you largely finance the operation, then that's great and you get the decision making perks associated with that but a club without it's fans, is not a football club, its just a soulless entity. so you are not making any sense.

    You obviously have low standards in life if you are positive and content about what is happening at Oxford United.. I'm a pretty ambitious kinda guy and like to see progression and a winning mentality not tolerate abysmal performances on and off the field.

    The only thing I agree with is that IL has more right to moan.. Absolutely.. but then he's the one who's pulling the strings in terms of the outcomes this season so he has only himself to blame if he does.
    Hear hear you make good sensible comments. Yes, I like you, have my moans but I believe we both think before we have our say. Ian Lenagan has put in a fair bit of money but he, like any League 2 club owner knows there is little if anything at all to be made in money terms. He's a wealthy man and if he thought owning OU was like owning Wigan RLFC he was sadly mistaken. He has made several bad decisions owning OU, not the least the delay in bringing in a new manager after Wilder ran out, Wilders parting shot that he was going to a club with a Chairman who is a footballing man said it all. Anyone who owns a club at this level needs to have an open wallet or not own a club at all. We as fans pay a decent amount to travel to and watch games, home and away, unlike IL we are not wealthy, nor do we have big ego's. We want a club that has pride and determination and won't stagnate, if the chairman cannot afford the club he should get out, the Methven bid gave him a chance to do just that and he wanted to stay involved. If the club doesn't get in decent players then we will again stagnate, we have some good young lads who with decent support and coaching will come thru but they do need experience around them, at present we have little of that. We are desperate for goalscorers and have been since we returned to the Football League, Ashton has said we let players worth 30 goals a season leave so it's imperative they are replaced. Some might consider what I have said to be a moan, I feel as a ticket buying supporter I am entitled to have a say and that what I am doing. Believe me if I was wealthy I would buy the club and happily take supporters comments on board, sadly I know I never will but will continue to support and have my say!"
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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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