Oxford United duo told to make decision by end of week

James Constable

James Constable

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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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9:36am Mon 12 May 14

Joe1 says...

Bring in two decent front ment. Constable is NOT a natural finisher. He misses more than he scores.
Bring in two decent front ment. Constable is NOT a natural finisher. He misses more than he scores. Joe1
  • Score: -13

10:23am Mon 12 May 14

BigAlBiker says...

Beano IN
Newey OUT
Beano IN Newey OUT BigAlBiker
  • Score: 7

10:31am Mon 12 May 14

87oufc says...

Anyone who wants to be at this club would have decided on the spot. Time for flection is a worrying sign.
Anyone who wants to be at this club would have decided on the spot. Time for flection is a worrying sign. 87oufc
  • Score: 3

11:12am Mon 12 May 14

OUFC 4 EVA says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Beano IN Newey OUT
Little Bicycle Alan strikes again! i actually agree with another of your comments!
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Beano IN Newey OUT[/p][/quote]Little Bicycle Alan strikes again! i actually agree with another of your comments! OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: 6

11:16am Mon 12 May 14

Oxokuba says...

The fact that Constable&Newey are taking their time could be hiding an issue with Waddock's style of management. Apart from Plymouth game the players clearly didn't respond to Waddock's demands and this I think is a concern. I have a gut feeling players still under contract won't leave and there's no money to bring in new blood so it could be a relegation battle next season in front of sub 4k attendances. Lenagan is sinking in my estimations. His apathy will breed apathy. I know it's 3 months till the new season but I just can't see much activity at the club through the summer. Lenagan has placed himself in a catch 22 he needs season ticket revenue but I suspect many fans will want to see new signings and a more ambitious approach from Lenegan before buying one.
The fact that Constable&Newey are taking their time could be hiding an issue with Waddock's style of management. Apart from Plymouth game the players clearly didn't respond to Waddock's demands and this I think is a concern. I have a gut feeling players still under contract won't leave and there's no money to bring in new blood so it could be a relegation battle next season in front of sub 4k attendances. Lenagan is sinking in my estimations. His apathy will breed apathy. I know it's 3 months till the new season but I just can't see much activity at the club through the summer. Lenagan has placed himself in a catch 22 he needs season ticket revenue but I suspect many fans will want to see new signings and a more ambitious approach from Lenegan before buying one. Oxokuba
  • Score: 8

12:40pm Mon 12 May 14

rsrpyellow says...

Oxokuba wrote:
The fact that Constable&Newey are taking their time could be hiding an issue with Waddock's style of management. Apart from Plymouth game the players clearly didn't respond to Waddock's demands and this I think is a concern. I have a gut feeling players still under contract won't leave and there's no money to bring in new blood so it could be a relegation battle next season in front of sub 4k attendances. Lenagan is sinking in my estimations. His apathy will breed apathy. I know it's 3 months till the new season but I just can't see much activity at the club through the summer. Lenagan has placed himself in a catch 22 he needs season ticket revenue but I suspect many fans will want to see new signings and a more ambitious approach from Lenegan before buying one.
This is the worry a number of fans will have.
[quote][p][bold]Oxokuba[/bold] wrote: The fact that Constable&Newey are taking their time could be hiding an issue with Waddock's style of management. Apart from Plymouth game the players clearly didn't respond to Waddock's demands and this I think is a concern. I have a gut feeling players still under contract won't leave and there's no money to bring in new blood so it could be a relegation battle next season in front of sub 4k attendances. Lenagan is sinking in my estimations. His apathy will breed apathy. I know it's 3 months till the new season but I just can't see much activity at the club through the summer. Lenagan has placed himself in a catch 22 he needs season ticket revenue but I suspect many fans will want to see new signings and a more ambitious approach from Lenegan before buying one.[/p][/quote]This is the worry a number of fans will have. rsrpyellow
  • Score: 5

12:50pm Mon 12 May 14

BigAlBiker says...

Oxokuba wrote:
The fact that Constable&Newey are taking their time could be hiding an issue with Waddock's style of management. Apart from Plymouth game the players clearly didn't respond to Waddock's demands and this I think is a concern. I have a gut feeling players still under contract won't leave and there's no money to bring in new blood so it could be a relegation battle next season in front of sub 4k attendances. Lenagan is sinking in my estimations. His apathy will breed apathy. I know it's 3 months till the new season but I just can't see much activity at the club through the summer. Lenagan has placed himself in a catch 22 he needs season ticket revenue but I suspect many fans will want to see new signings and a more ambitious approach from Lenegan before buying one.
I agree, Waddonk could not inspire a kid in a sweet shop let alone grown men who play for the mighty yellows, i reckon if we dont get a few decent players in, keep the good ones then next season is going to be a disaster as in my opinion his man management skills are lacking.
[quote][p][bold]Oxokuba[/bold] wrote: The fact that Constable&Newey are taking their time could be hiding an issue with Waddock's style of management. Apart from Plymouth game the players clearly didn't respond to Waddock's demands and this I think is a concern. I have a gut feeling players still under contract won't leave and there's no money to bring in new blood so it could be a relegation battle next season in front of sub 4k attendances. Lenagan is sinking in my estimations. His apathy will breed apathy. I know it's 3 months till the new season but I just can't see much activity at the club through the summer. Lenagan has placed himself in a catch 22 he needs season ticket revenue but I suspect many fans will want to see new signings and a more ambitious approach from Lenegan before buying one.[/p][/quote]I agree, Waddonk could not inspire a kid in a sweet shop let alone grown men who play for the mighty yellows, i reckon if we dont get a few decent players in, keep the good ones then next season is going to be a disaster as in my opinion his man management skills are lacking. BigAlBiker
  • Score: -7

2:03pm Mon 12 May 14

AylesburyOx says...

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.
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. AylesburyOx
  • Score: 7

4:05pm Mon 12 May 14

Oxokuba says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]AylesburyOx[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]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. Oxokuba
  • Score: 0

4:06pm Mon 12 May 14

MiddleBartonYellow says...

If there was no money then I'm sure Waddock wouldn't have took the job. After all he was working.
If there was no money then I'm sure Waddock wouldn't have took the job. After all he was working. MiddleBartonYellow
  • Score: 10

4:37pm Mon 12 May 14

onthebench says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]Oxokuba[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AylesburyOx[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]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.[/p][/quote]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. onthebench
  • Score: 8

4:54pm Mon 12 May 14

oldun says...

Joe1 wrote:
Bring in two decent front ment. Constable is NOT a natural finisher. He misses more than he scores.
Please don't accept - either of you! James has been a real trier (thank you) but he is not good enough for a club which should be aiming to go up next season. Here comes the big minus score
[quote][p][bold]Joe1[/bold] wrote: Bring in two decent front ment. Constable is NOT a natural finisher. He misses more than he scores.[/p][/quote]Please don't accept - either of you! James has been a real trier (thank you) but he is not good enough for a club which should be aiming to go up next season. Here comes the big minus score oldun
  • Score: 1

9:43pm Mon 12 May 14

swalker260 says...

I am concerned hat Constable who could have gone to a bigger club but stayed loyal to us has been offered less money and that is maybe why he has not yet accepted the offer
You cannot turn round and accept any offer without considering your options and the impact on your family particularly where the manager states it is a fair offer
To get another striker in with his experience will cost more my concern is that we will end up with a team of no names and no skill and no hope
I am concerned hat Constable who could have gone to a bigger club but stayed loyal to us has been offered less money and that is maybe why he has not yet accepted the offer You cannot turn round and accept any offer without considering your options and the impact on your family particularly where the manager states it is a fair offer To get another striker in with his experience will cost more my concern is that we will end up with a team of no names and no skill and no hope swalker260
  • Score: 3

9:13pm Tue 13 May 14

deedee444 says...

Fair enough I think,a week is enough to make ya mind up and if you sign you can go on ya hols all sorted.sounds like Waddock wants his squad sorted early which is good imo unlike Wilder leaving things til the last minute.
Fair enough I think,a week is enough to make ya mind up and if you sign you can go on ya hols all sorted.sounds like Waddock wants his squad sorted early which is good imo unlike Wilder leaving things til the last minute. deedee444
  • Score: 0

11:16am Wed 14 May 14

Moobs says...

swalker260 wrote:
I am concerned hat Constable who could have gone to a bigger club but stayed loyal to us has been offered less money and that is maybe why he has not yet accepted the offer You cannot turn round and accept any offer without considering your options and the impact on your family particularly where the manager states it is a fair offer To get another striker in with his experience will cost more my concern is that we will end up with a team of no names and no skill and no hope
Why should we give a toss how it affects him? If he wants to go, go. We can do better, much better. Plenty of young hungry strikers out there waiting for a chance. Constable plays with heart and vigour which is commendable but he is sadly lacking is so many other areas. He couldn't trap a bag of cement and his first touch is abysmal. We already have a team of no names, Skill and hope. That's why our end of season form was abject. Get players in who want to play for OUFC and fight for the shirt, if he's having 2nd thoughts he can eff off. Our concerns are the club, I couldn't give 2 hoots about his whims and if he thinks he can do better, ta ta.....
[quote][p][bold]swalker260[/bold] wrote: I am concerned hat Constable who could have gone to a bigger club but stayed loyal to us has been offered less money and that is maybe why he has not yet accepted the offer You cannot turn round and accept any offer without considering your options and the impact on your family particularly where the manager states it is a fair offer To get another striker in with his experience will cost more my concern is that we will end up with a team of no names and no skill and no hope[/p][/quote]Why should we give a toss how it affects him? If he wants to go, go. We can do better, much better. Plenty of young hungry strikers out there waiting for a chance. Constable plays with heart and vigour which is commendable but he is sadly lacking is so many other areas. He couldn't trap a bag of cement and his first touch is abysmal. We already have a team of no names, Skill and hope. That's why our end of season form was abject. Get players in who want to play for OUFC and fight for the shirt, if he's having 2nd thoughts he can eff off. Our concerns are the club, I couldn't give 2 hoots about his whims and if he thinks he can do better, ta ta..... Moobs
  • Score: -2

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