So quiet as Oxford United return to training

New signing Danny Hylton on the first day of pre-season training with Oxford United

New signing Danny Hylton on the first day of pre-season training with Oxford United

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GARY Waddock’s search for new players continues, but as Oxford United returned for pre-season training yesterday, the head coach admitted no signings were imminent.

The squad underwent a variety of tests at the training ground to assess their fitness after the summer break.

It took place against a backdrop of speculation concerning ownership of the club, with groups headed by Mark Ashton and Charlie Methven understood to be interested in taking over from owner Ian Lenagan.

Striker Danny Hylton was the only new face on view and some supporters have questioned whether the uncertainty surrounding United is linked with a very quiet summer which has yielded just one signing.

While Waddock stressed the hard work behind the scenes to strengthen the squad continues, there is little prospect of deals in the next couple of days.

He said: “I would like to say we’ve got another x-amount of players coming in, that isn’t the case at the moment.

“We’re looking, we’ve got a group of players here we’re going to work with and we’ve got a young group of players coming through the system.”

Waddock was reluctant to get drawn into any discussion about boardroom matters as he focused on buiding for the new season.

He said: “It’s got nothing to do with me, I’m employed here to be head coach. What goes on above, I can’t pass comment on that.”

Lenagan remained unavailable for comment yesterday, with the club’s supporters’ trust calling for transparency from all interested parties over their plans for the stadium.

Last year, OxVox won a landmark case which made the Kassam Stadium an Asset of Community Value, giving them the right to activate a six-month moratorium to put together a rival bid if an offer was submitted.

If a bid is accepted on the Kassam Stadium, the right to bid is triggered.

The OxVox committee would then seek to get information from the bidding party and make a recommendation to members on whether to remove or activate the right to bid.

While no such move has been made so far, it is felt anyone looking to take over would also look to strike a deal for the ground, which is the key asset.

Mark Sennett, OxVox chairman, is keen to ensure if it happens, the club are the ones to benefit.

He said: “We would support as a committee any bid for Oxford United to own the asset and for it to be beneficial, but we can’t do that if we don’t know what the aims are.

"The committee could only support a bid if Oxford United owner the stadium not a subsidiary company as the club's long-term future relies on it having the asset in its name and benefiting from the revenues.

“If a new owner wanted the stadium ownership put in a subsidiary company then this might offer short term gains of no rent, or extra revenues.

“But this situation could change down the line at the whim of that owner.

“The only way for the club to truly come together with the stadium is for Oxford United to own it.

"It is in that situation, or at the very least the stadium being held in a trust for the club, that we would advise members to remove the right to bid."

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9:54am Tue 1 Jul 14

oxfordus says...

The signs are not looking good. A small mediocre squad with a reliance on the young and untested youth development squad. Yikes, as it stands we are looking at being relegation fodder this season. Imagine what may happen when the injuries start to decimate the squad further.

I can't make sense of the squad selections that GW has made or has beem forced to make. Why did he keep so many players from last season's squad when they had failed GW and the fans for the last quarter of the season so miserably. Why has there been only one addition to the squad, albeit an addition that doesn't look on paper any better than the players that were allowed to leave?

I can only summise that these takeover bids have put a hold on any new investment into player recruitment until IL knows how it is all going to be played out.

This is already putting a season, that has not even begun, in jeopardy of being one of only survival.

Come on IL, us fans need some explanation during this period of unrest and silence regarding our beloved club.
The signs are not looking good. A small mediocre squad with a reliance on the young and untested youth development squad. Yikes, as it stands we are looking at being relegation fodder this season. Imagine what may happen when the injuries start to decimate the squad further. I can't make sense of the squad selections that GW has made or has beem forced to make. Why did he keep so many players from last season's squad when they had failed GW and the fans for the last quarter of the season so miserably. Why has there been only one addition to the squad, albeit an addition that doesn't look on paper any better than the players that were allowed to leave? I can only summise that these takeover bids have put a hold on any new investment into player recruitment until IL knows how it is all going to be played out. This is already putting a season, that has not even begun, in jeopardy of being one of only survival. Come on IL, us fans need some explanation during this period of unrest and silence regarding our beloved club. oxfordus
  • Score: 31

10:21am Tue 1 Jul 14

peterguy says...

I can only agree with oxfordus that with the new season approaching fans need some certainty about their club. Last season we were cruising towards promotion - not even likely it seemed to need the playoffs - and then what happened! We imploded got a new coach and then went on to lose every game! Usually a new coach stops the rot - GW didn't - in fact I can't think of any coach where this has happened over such a period of time.

So we have one dubious signing - I'm not sure how good a striker he is but let's hope he settles in quickly before losing his rag and getting suspended - he has history it would seem!

IL needs to either NOW tell these so called business men to leave alone or show the fans that he wants to be the chairman/owner of a progressive and successful club. He has always said that is what he wanted Oxford to be but with this continual silence I am beginning to wonder just what his agenda is. Maybe Wigan Warriers is too precious to him!
I can only agree with oxfordus that with the new season approaching fans need some certainty about their club. Last season we were cruising towards promotion - not even likely it seemed to need the playoffs - and then what happened! We imploded got a new coach and then went on to lose every game! Usually a new coach stops the rot - GW didn't - in fact I can't think of any coach where this has happened over such a period of time. So we have one dubious signing - I'm not sure how good a striker he is but let's hope he settles in quickly before losing his rag and getting suspended - he has history it would seem! IL needs to either NOW tell these so called business men to leave alone or show the fans that he wants to be the chairman/owner of a progressive and successful club. He has always said that is what he wanted Oxford to be but with this continual silence I am beginning to wonder just what his agenda is. Maybe Wigan Warriers is too precious to him! peterguy
  • Score: 26

10:56am Tue 1 Jul 14

ExiledinBristol says...

Could the club be any less inspiring at the moment?!

It would be better if GW stated his game plan, ie, "I want two strikers, a creative midfielder and a right back." We don't even get that. I think he, and the club, need to remember the end of last season. The capitulation which, although not entirely down to GW, happened mostly on his watch. Has any manager in the history of the football league ever started with such a poor record?

Last season it was clear the squad was not good enough. Pre-season training has started and we are very much short of even the quality and size of last season's squad.

I lay much of the blame with the chairman. The inordinate length of time to appoint a replacement for Wilder being a key factor last season as well as choosing the wrong man, of course.

Things need to change dramatically in the next month in order for OUFC to have any chance of competing next season. At this moment in time it will all be about trying to stay in the league. Promotion is a pipe dream right now.
Could the club be any less inspiring at the moment?! It would be better if GW stated his game plan, ie, "I want two strikers, a creative midfielder and a right back." We don't even get that. I think he, and the club, need to remember the end of last season. The capitulation which, although not entirely down to GW, happened mostly on his watch. Has any manager in the history of the football league ever started with such a poor record? Last season it was clear the squad was not good enough. Pre-season training has started and we are very much short of even the quality and size of last season's squad. I lay much of the blame with the chairman. The inordinate length of time to appoint a replacement for Wilder being a key factor last season as well as choosing the wrong man, of course. Things need to change dramatically in the next month in order for OUFC to have any chance of competing next season. At this moment in time it will all be about trying to stay in the league. Promotion is a pipe dream right now. ExiledinBristol
  • Score: 17

11:03am Tue 1 Jul 14

mervgould says...

Why are we so surprised, the top candidates for the managers job where dismissed and then we employed a what can only be called an average bottom league guy who agreed to make no demands on the chairman.

The only signing so far is a conference standard player with discipline issues, apart from Exeter (with embargo) we have been the less active of all clubs.
I dont look forward to playing Forest Green and Salisbury next year.
We are becoming the Rag Tag and Bobtail club in this league, waiting to see who is left without a contract and who we can they get free.
We deserve better than this.
NO SEASON TICKET FOR ME THIS SEASON
Why are we so surprised, the top candidates for the managers job where dismissed and then we employed a what can only be called an average bottom league guy who agreed to make no demands on the chairman. The only signing so far is a conference standard player with discipline issues, apart from Exeter (with embargo) we have been the less active of all clubs. I dont look forward to playing Forest Green and Salisbury next year. We are becoming the Rag Tag and Bobtail club in this league, waiting to see who is left without a contract and who we can they get free. We deserve better than this. NO SEASON TICKET FOR ME THIS SEASON mervgould
  • Score: 8

11:22am Tue 1 Jul 14

oxfordus says...

Sometimes it is only the test of time that allows us to understand the decisions that were made in the past. What is beginning to become clear is that proceeedings between IL and a potential takeover are delicately placed. Looking back, perhaps these takeover bids started a lot earlier than has been reported in the OM. It now makes sense to me that when CW was only offered a 1 year deal, the intention from IL was to allow the club to appear stable for a would be suitor without binding the new owners to a new manager if the takeover was to be successful. Once CW jumped ship, IL thought that the cheapest and best short term strategy to continue with the importance of stability without costing the club was to appoint ML as the interim manager to the end of the season, with his fingers crossed that we could still make the play-offs . When this decision became flawed his hand was forced to appoint GW as manager.

I know this is only my theory, but the revelation of these takeover bids have brought new light to a perplexing series of decisions made by IL over the past 12 months. His silence is deafening in a way because if he was with OUFC for the long haul he would have wanted to allay the fears of the fans long before now. It now appears that IL's situation with OUFC is up in the air and at this moment in time he is unable to make a statement about the future of the club either way so is forced to remain silent.

For the sake of this season coming and to give us fans some certainty for the future, I hope this situation is resolved one way or another ASAP.
Sometimes it is only the test of time that allows us to understand the decisions that were made in the past. What is beginning to become clear is that proceeedings between IL and a potential takeover are delicately placed. Looking back, perhaps these takeover bids started a lot earlier than has been reported in the OM. It now makes sense to me that when CW was only offered a 1 year deal, the intention from IL was to allow the club to appear stable for a would be suitor without binding the new owners to a new manager if the takeover was to be successful. Once CW jumped ship, IL thought that the cheapest and best short term strategy to continue with the importance of stability without costing the club was to appoint ML as the interim manager to the end of the season, with his fingers crossed that we could still make the play-offs . When this decision became flawed his hand was forced to appoint GW as manager. I know this is only my theory, but the revelation of these takeover bids have brought new light to a perplexing series of decisions made by IL over the past 12 months. His silence is deafening in a way because if he was with OUFC for the long haul he would have wanted to allay the fears of the fans long before now. It now appears that IL's situation with OUFC is up in the air and at this moment in time he is unable to make a statement about the future of the club either way so is forced to remain silent. For the sake of this season coming and to give us fans some certainty for the future, I hope this situation is resolved one way or another ASAP. oxfordus
  • Score: 31

1:07pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Oxokuba says...

I'd advise anyone considering purchasing a season ticket to wait until the takeover saga is over. If Lenagan doesn't sell, and I have no idea what exactly he has to sell or whether he'll recoup his investment, then I suspect we will be in a relegation battle or mid table at best next season. If there is a takeover and funds are made available for squad strengthening then who knows we could cause a surprise. I am struggling to see why anyone would be interested in buying the contents of a bargain bin without buying the bin.
I'd advise anyone considering purchasing a season ticket to wait until the takeover saga is over. If Lenagan doesn't sell, and I have no idea what exactly he has to sell or whether he'll recoup his investment, then I suspect we will be in a relegation battle or mid table at best next season. If there is a takeover and funds are made available for squad strengthening then who knows we could cause a surprise. I am struggling to see why anyone would be interested in buying the contents of a bargain bin without buying the bin. Oxokuba
  • Score: 1

3:54pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Oxe says...

I would completely agree with most of the comments above. After IL’s statement many months ago that he was going to take us back up the Leagues, I was looking for a really exciting managerial appointment which would show that he was completely serious about the challenge. Instead we have been landed with an uninspired choice who must have made the worst start at a club in history. Maybe as suggested above, IL was already looking to bail out then…

Waddock claimed last season that the team had a ‘losing culture’ – about which he could apparently do nothing – but that he would make major changes for 2014/15; so far those changes have amounted to the departure of the top 3 goal scorers from last season and one signing of questionable ability. Whilst it certainly wasn’t his squad last season, if he couldn’t get them onto the pitch, fired up with a desire to give everything and play their hearts out, what chance now when he looks like starting the 2014/15 season with an even weaker squad. Someone is lying to us – either Waddock has the funds available but can’t persuade anyone to sign for him, or IL is refusing to allow any deals to be done and letting Waddock take the flak for the apparent inactivity. Either way, the massive fear is that we are in danger of sleep walking back into the Conference…
I would completely agree with most of the comments above. After IL’s statement many months ago that he was going to take us back up the Leagues, I was looking for a really exciting managerial appointment which would show that he was completely serious about the challenge. Instead we have been landed with an uninspired choice who must have made the worst start at a club in history. Maybe as suggested above, IL was already looking to bail out then… Waddock claimed last season that the team had a ‘losing culture’ – about which he could apparently do nothing – but that he would make major changes for 2014/15; so far those changes have amounted to the departure of the top 3 goal scorers from last season and one signing of questionable ability. Whilst it certainly wasn’t his squad last season, if he couldn’t get them onto the pitch, fired up with a desire to give everything and play their hearts out, what chance now when he looks like starting the 2014/15 season with an even weaker squad. Someone is lying to us – either Waddock has the funds available but can’t persuade anyone to sign for him, or IL is refusing to allow any deals to be done and letting Waddock take the flak for the apparent inactivity. Either way, the massive fear is that we are in danger of sleep walking back into the Conference… Oxe
  • Score: 14

4:32pm Tue 1 Jul 14

oldun says...

Depressing - for promotion William Hills rates us as one of the least likely half of the clubs- spot on WH . Depressing
Depressing - for promotion William Hills rates us as one of the least likely half of the clubs- spot on WH . Depressing oldun
  • Score: 9

5:14pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Manor Born says...

For any transfer of ownership of the club to be successful it has to include ownership of the stadium or we will be no better off than we have been under IL's stewardship.

Up until the managerial debacle in January, it can be argued that IL did a reasonably good job. Since then, the situation at the club has gone from ok to a catastrophe in waiting. poor decisions have been made regarding the club' future and it's existence not only as a football league club, but as a club itself.

The worry is can the club & stadium be purchased by whoever comes in? FK once again has the cards in his hand stacked in his favour. Quite frankly we are running out of time. The season is rapidly approaching and serious damage is being done to our prospects for the league campaign. We have a threadbare squad significantly weaker than last season, have seen players in key positions depart but with no notable replacements for them.

The club owes the Lenegan's a huge sum of money and he has always been keen to let people know that it was "Lenegan money" funding it. The club has no assets apart from a few players who if sold would raise barely a tenth of the debt. Without backing we are basically insolvent and heading for an almighty fall. It would seem IL is no longer willing to carry the burden of these losses and wants out, but he'll only go if he can get back what he has invested. Any new owners coming in will have to shoulder that debt and so the vicious circle will continue.

As things stand and even if new owners came forward but can't get the stadium, it really is hard to see beyond a season of struggle and probable relegation at the end of it.

All we ask for is a bit of long overdue honesty. The silence from the Lenegan camp is deafening. Supporters are becoming more and more disillusioned by the lack of anything going on and any hope for the season ahead has all but vanished before a pre-season ball has been struck.
For any transfer of ownership of the club to be successful it has to include ownership of the stadium or we will be no better off than we have been under IL's stewardship. Up until the managerial debacle in January, it can be argued that IL did a reasonably good job. Since then, the situation at the club has gone from ok to a catastrophe in waiting. poor decisions have been made regarding the club' future and it's existence not only as a football league club, but as a club itself. The worry is can the club & stadium be purchased by whoever comes in? FK once again has the cards in his hand stacked in his favour. Quite frankly we are running out of time. The season is rapidly approaching and serious damage is being done to our prospects for the league campaign. We have a threadbare squad significantly weaker than last season, have seen players in key positions depart but with no notable replacements for them. The club owes the Lenegan's a huge sum of money and he has always been keen to let people know that it was "Lenegan money" funding it. The club has no assets apart from a few players who if sold would raise barely a tenth of the debt. Without backing we are basically insolvent and heading for an almighty fall. It would seem IL is no longer willing to carry the burden of these losses and wants out, but he'll only go if he can get back what he has invested. Any new owners coming in will have to shoulder that debt and so the vicious circle will continue. As things stand and even if new owners came forward but can't get the stadium, it really is hard to see beyond a season of struggle and probable relegation at the end of it. All we ask for is a bit of long overdue honesty. The silence from the Lenegan camp is deafening. Supporters are becoming more and more disillusioned by the lack of anything going on and any hope for the season ahead has all but vanished before a pre-season ball has been struck. Manor Born
  • Score: 15

6:34pm Tue 1 Jul 14

greengarden says...

Manor Born wrote:
For any transfer of ownership of the club to be successful it has to include ownership of the stadium or we will be no better off than we have been under IL's stewardship.

Up until the managerial debacle in January, it can be argued that IL did a reasonably good job. Since then, the situation at the club has gone from ok to a catastrophe in waiting. poor decisions have been made regarding the club' future and it's existence not only as a football league club, but as a club itself.

The worry is can the club & stadium be purchased by whoever comes in? FK once again has the cards in his hand stacked in his favour. Quite frankly we are running out of time. The season is rapidly approaching and serious damage is being done to our prospects for the league campaign. We have a threadbare squad significantly weaker than last season, have seen players in key positions depart but with no notable replacements for them.

The club owes the Lenegan's a huge sum of money and he has always been keen to let people know that it was "Lenegan money" funding it. The club has no assets apart from a few players who if sold would raise barely a tenth of the debt. Without backing we are basically insolvent and heading for an almighty fall. It would seem IL is no longer willing to carry the burden of these losses and wants out, but he'll only go if he can get back what he has invested. Any new owners coming in will have to shoulder that debt and so the vicious circle will continue.

As things stand and even if new owners came forward but can't get the stadium, it really is hard to see beyond a season of struggle and probable relegation at the end of it.

All we ask for is a bit of long overdue honesty. The silence from the Lenegan camp is deafening. Supporters are becoming more and more disillusioned by the lack of anything going on and any hope for the season ahead has all but vanished before a pre-season ball has been struck.
Spot on !!

Someone with a sense of reality.....

Its no good moaning about GW, he is doing what he can in an extremely difficult and practically impossible situation. I for one applaud him for that, at least he took the job when others turned it down, hence the delay OUFC made in appointing someone.

The only way forward is for new owners to come and save the club, IL has made it clear he will not invest any further, the club has no assets and in reality close to insolvency.

Can you imagine any other football club in this situation where the silence
from the boardroom is alarming.

I'm truly concerned that the end game is very close for OUFC at the
moment
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: For any transfer of ownership of the club to be successful it has to include ownership of the stadium or we will be no better off than we have been under IL's stewardship. Up until the managerial debacle in January, it can be argued that IL did a reasonably good job. Since then, the situation at the club has gone from ok to a catastrophe in waiting. poor decisions have been made regarding the club' future and it's existence not only as a football league club, but as a club itself. The worry is can the club & stadium be purchased by whoever comes in? FK once again has the cards in his hand stacked in his favour. Quite frankly we are running out of time. The season is rapidly approaching and serious damage is being done to our prospects for the league campaign. We have a threadbare squad significantly weaker than last season, have seen players in key positions depart but with no notable replacements for them. The club owes the Lenegan's a huge sum of money and he has always been keen to let people know that it was "Lenegan money" funding it. The club has no assets apart from a few players who if sold would raise barely a tenth of the debt. Without backing we are basically insolvent and heading for an almighty fall. It would seem IL is no longer willing to carry the burden of these losses and wants out, but he'll only go if he can get back what he has invested. Any new owners coming in will have to shoulder that debt and so the vicious circle will continue. As things stand and even if new owners came forward but can't get the stadium, it really is hard to see beyond a season of struggle and probable relegation at the end of it. All we ask for is a bit of long overdue honesty. The silence from the Lenegan camp is deafening. Supporters are becoming more and more disillusioned by the lack of anything going on and any hope for the season ahead has all but vanished before a pre-season ball has been struck.[/p][/quote]Spot on !! Someone with a sense of reality..... Its no good moaning about GW, he is doing what he can in an extremely difficult and practically impossible situation. I for one applaud him for that, at least he took the job when others turned it down, hence the delay OUFC made in appointing someone. The only way forward is for new owners to come and save the club, IL has made it clear he will not invest any further, the club has no assets and in reality close to insolvency. Can you imagine any other football club in this situation where the silence from the boardroom is alarming. I'm truly concerned that the end game is very close for OUFC at the moment greengarden
  • Score: 8

7:36am Wed 2 Jul 14

oldun says...

greengarden wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
For any transfer of ownership of the club to be successful it has to include ownership of the stadium or we will be no better off than we have been under IL's stewardship.

Up until the managerial debacle in January, it can be argued that IL did a reasonably good job. Since then, the situation at the club has gone from ok to a catastrophe in waiting. poor decisions have been made regarding the club' future and it's existence not only as a football league club, but as a club itself.

The worry is can the club & stadium be purchased by whoever comes in? FK once again has the cards in his hand stacked in his favour. Quite frankly we are running out of time. The season is rapidly approaching and serious damage is being done to our prospects for the league campaign. We have a threadbare squad significantly weaker than last season, have seen players in key positions depart but with no notable replacements for them.

The club owes the Lenegan's a huge sum of money and he has always been keen to let people know that it was "Lenegan money" funding it. The club has no assets apart from a few players who if sold would raise barely a tenth of the debt. Without backing we are basically insolvent and heading for an almighty fall. It would seem IL is no longer willing to carry the burden of these losses and wants out, but he'll only go if he can get back what he has invested. Any new owners coming in will have to shoulder that debt and so the vicious circle will continue.

As things stand and even if new owners came forward but can't get the stadium, it really is hard to see beyond a season of struggle and probable relegation at the end of it.

All we ask for is a bit of long overdue honesty. The silence from the Lenegan camp is deafening. Supporters are becoming more and more disillusioned by the lack of anything going on and any hope for the season ahead has all but vanished before a pre-season ball has been struck.
Spot on !!

Someone with a sense of reality.....

Its no good moaning about GW, he is doing what he can in an extremely difficult and practically impossible situation. I for one applaud him for that, at least he took the job when others turned it down, hence the delay OUFC made in appointing someone.

The only way forward is for new owners to come and save the club, IL has made it clear he will not invest any further, the club has no assets and in reality close to insolvency.

Can you imagine any other football club in this situation where the silence
from the boardroom is alarming.

I'm truly concerned that the end game is very close for OUFC at the
moment
His management skills were non existent at the end of last season - weren't they
[quote][p][bold]greengarden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: For any transfer of ownership of the club to be successful it has to include ownership of the stadium or we will be no better off than we have been under IL's stewardship. Up until the managerial debacle in January, it can be argued that IL did a reasonably good job. Since then, the situation at the club has gone from ok to a catastrophe in waiting. poor decisions have been made regarding the club' future and it's existence not only as a football league club, but as a club itself. The worry is can the club & stadium be purchased by whoever comes in? FK once again has the cards in his hand stacked in his favour. Quite frankly we are running out of time. The season is rapidly approaching and serious damage is being done to our prospects for the league campaign. We have a threadbare squad significantly weaker than last season, have seen players in key positions depart but with no notable replacements for them. The club owes the Lenegan's a huge sum of money and he has always been keen to let people know that it was "Lenegan money" funding it. The club has no assets apart from a few players who if sold would raise barely a tenth of the debt. Without backing we are basically insolvent and heading for an almighty fall. It would seem IL is no longer willing to carry the burden of these losses and wants out, but he'll only go if he can get back what he has invested. Any new owners coming in will have to shoulder that debt and so the vicious circle will continue. As things stand and even if new owners came forward but can't get the stadium, it really is hard to see beyond a season of struggle and probable relegation at the end of it. All we ask for is a bit of long overdue honesty. The silence from the Lenegan camp is deafening. Supporters are becoming more and more disillusioned by the lack of anything going on and any hope for the season ahead has all but vanished before a pre-season ball has been struck.[/p][/quote]Spot on !! Someone with a sense of reality..... Its no good moaning about GW, he is doing what he can in an extremely difficult and practically impossible situation. I for one applaud him for that, at least he took the job when others turned it down, hence the delay OUFC made in appointing someone. The only way forward is for new owners to come and save the club, IL has made it clear he will not invest any further, the club has no assets and in reality close to insolvency. Can you imagine any other football club in this situation where the silence from the boardroom is alarming. I'm truly concerned that the end game is very close for OUFC at the moment[/p][/quote]His management skills were non existent at the end of last season - weren't they oldun
  • Score: -3

7:55am Wed 2 Jul 14

Oxokuba says...

Oxe wrote:
I would completely agree with most of the comments above. After IL’s statement many months ago that he was going to take us back up the Leagues, I was looking for a really exciting managerial appointment which would show that he was completely serious about the challenge. Instead we have been landed with an uninspired choice who must have made the worst start at a club in history. Maybe as suggested above, IL was already looking to bail out then…

Waddock claimed last season that the team had a ‘losing culture’ – about which he could apparently do nothing – but that he would make major changes for 2014/15; so far those changes have amounted to the departure of the top 3 goal scorers from last season and one signing of questionable ability. Whilst it certainly wasn’t his squad last season, if he couldn’t get them onto the pitch, fired up with a desire to give everything and play their hearts out, what chance now when he looks like starting the 2014/15 season with an even weaker squad. Someone is lying to us – either Waddock has the funds available but can’t persuade anyone to sign for him, or IL is refusing to allow any deals to be done and letting Waddock take the flak for the apparent inactivity. Either way, the massive fear is that we are in danger of sleep walking back into the Conference…
decent post - the only bit I disagree with is Waddock- he can make all the excuses he wants but to lose 7 out of 8 games from the off is not the stuff of good management. I remain unconvinced of Waddock's ability to turn things around. I also blame Lenagan for his indecisions once Wilder ran away. We are in a mess.
[quote][p][bold]Oxe[/bold] wrote: I would completely agree with most of the comments above. After IL’s statement many months ago that he was going to take us back up the Leagues, I was looking for a really exciting managerial appointment which would show that he was completely serious about the challenge. Instead we have been landed with an uninspired choice who must have made the worst start at a club in history. Maybe as suggested above, IL was already looking to bail out then… Waddock claimed last season that the team had a ‘losing culture’ – about which he could apparently do nothing – but that he would make major changes for 2014/15; so far those changes have amounted to the departure of the top 3 goal scorers from last season and one signing of questionable ability. Whilst it certainly wasn’t his squad last season, if he couldn’t get them onto the pitch, fired up with a desire to give everything and play their hearts out, what chance now when he looks like starting the 2014/15 season with an even weaker squad. Someone is lying to us – either Waddock has the funds available but can’t persuade anyone to sign for him, or IL is refusing to allow any deals to be done and letting Waddock take the flak for the apparent inactivity. Either way, the massive fear is that we are in danger of sleep walking back into the Conference…[/p][/quote]decent post - the only bit I disagree with is Waddock- he can make all the excuses he wants but to lose 7 out of 8 games from the off is not the stuff of good management. I remain unconvinced of Waddock's ability to turn things around. I also blame Lenagan for his indecisions once Wilder ran away. We are in a mess. Oxokuba
  • Score: 1

9:05am Wed 2 Jul 14

Bumble08 says...

Such a shame that less than 6 months ago we were second in the league and automatic promotion was in our hands. surley any decent manager would have got his own squad of players in early doors, at least this way they have time to work of fitness, tactics and get the team gelling.

Prove me wrong GW as you have a lot to do and improve to get the boys back onside, will be there as not matter what still my team regardless how many times they try and destroy our once great club!!
Such a shame that less than 6 months ago we were second in the league and automatic promotion was in our hands. surley any decent manager would have got his own squad of players in early doors, at least this way they have time to work of fitness, tactics and get the team gelling. Prove me wrong GW as you have a lot to do and improve to get the boys back onside, will be there as not matter what still my team regardless how many times they try and destroy our once great club!! Bumble08
  • Score: 2

9:40am Wed 2 Jul 14

Manor Born says...

greengarden wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
For any transfer of ownership of the club to be successful it has to include ownership of the stadium or we will be no better off than we have been under IL's stewardship.

Up until the managerial debacle in January, it can be argued that IL did a reasonably good job. Since then, the situation at the club has gone from ok to a catastrophe in waiting. poor decisions have been made regarding the club' future and it's existence not only as a football league club, but as a club itself.

The worry is can the club & stadium be purchased by whoever comes in? FK once again has the cards in his hand stacked in his favour. Quite frankly we are running out of time. The season is rapidly approaching and serious damage is being done to our prospects for the league campaign. We have a threadbare squad significantly weaker than last season, have seen players in key positions depart but with no notable replacements for them.

The club owes the Lenegan's a huge sum of money and he has always been keen to let people know that it was "Lenegan money" funding it. The club has no assets apart from a few players who if sold would raise barely a tenth of the debt. Without backing we are basically insolvent and heading for an almighty fall. It would seem IL is no longer willing to carry the burden of these losses and wants out, but he'll only go if he can get back what he has invested. Any new owners coming in will have to shoulder that debt and so the vicious circle will continue.

As things stand and even if new owners came forward but can't get the stadium, it really is hard to see beyond a season of struggle and probable relegation at the end of it.

All we ask for is a bit of long overdue honesty. The silence from the Lenegan camp is deafening. Supporters are becoming more and more disillusioned by the lack of anything going on and any hope for the season ahead has all but vanished before a pre-season ball has been struck.
Spot on !!

Someone with a sense of reality.....

Its no good moaning about GW, he is doing what he can in an extremely difficult and practically impossible situation. I for one applaud him for that, at least he took the job when others turned it down, hence the delay OUFC made in appointing someone.

The only way forward is for new owners to come and save the club, IL has made it clear he will not invest any further, the club has no assets and in reality close to insolvency.

Can you imagine any other football club in this situation where the silence
from the boardroom is alarming.

I'm truly concerned that the end game is very close for OUFC at the
moment
I deliberately steered clear of mentioning Waddock, but now you have I have to . His record is far from satisfactory so far. He immediately came in and criticised the players publicly and undermined an already fragile morale. Instead of trying to improve confidence he spoke of a "losing culture" for a side that had been in the top 3 for most of the season and were in the top 8 with some extremely winnable matches that would have secured a play-off berth. If there was a losing culture at the club, it is one he contributed to far more than anyone else.

The fact he couldn't turn things around and get things going again speaks volumes. His previous successes as a manager - especially the promotion at Wycombe were down to inheriting a squad geared for it & strong investment from their board. Wycombe are still recovering from his tenure after he left them looking at relegation back to the Conference.

His PR is a joke. He was a cheap option and a desperate appointment from the chairman - one of the many decisions from IL that now threaten our future.

A poor start in August and it won't take long before the atmosphere at the ground turns really toxic. I can't see GW lasting as far as Christmas. He'll either walk or be sacked. He'll undoubtedly cite that he wasn't given the backing of the board to make the investments he wanted & maybe he would have a point, but his inability to motivate players and inspire supporters is a major worry.
[quote][p][bold]greengarden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: For any transfer of ownership of the club to be successful it has to include ownership of the stadium or we will be no better off than we have been under IL's stewardship. Up until the managerial debacle in January, it can be argued that IL did a reasonably good job. Since then, the situation at the club has gone from ok to a catastrophe in waiting. poor decisions have been made regarding the club' future and it's existence not only as a football league club, but as a club itself. The worry is can the club & stadium be purchased by whoever comes in? FK once again has the cards in his hand stacked in his favour. Quite frankly we are running out of time. The season is rapidly approaching and serious damage is being done to our prospects for the league campaign. We have a threadbare squad significantly weaker than last season, have seen players in key positions depart but with no notable replacements for them. The club owes the Lenegan's a huge sum of money and he has always been keen to let people know that it was "Lenegan money" funding it. The club has no assets apart from a few players who if sold would raise barely a tenth of the debt. Without backing we are basically insolvent and heading for an almighty fall. It would seem IL is no longer willing to carry the burden of these losses and wants out, but he'll only go if he can get back what he has invested. Any new owners coming in will have to shoulder that debt and so the vicious circle will continue. As things stand and even if new owners came forward but can't get the stadium, it really is hard to see beyond a season of struggle and probable relegation at the end of it. All we ask for is a bit of long overdue honesty. The silence from the Lenegan camp is deafening. Supporters are becoming more and more disillusioned by the lack of anything going on and any hope for the season ahead has all but vanished before a pre-season ball has been struck.[/p][/quote]Spot on !! Someone with a sense of reality..... Its no good moaning about GW, he is doing what he can in an extremely difficult and practically impossible situation. I for one applaud him for that, at least he took the job when others turned it down, hence the delay OUFC made in appointing someone. The only way forward is for new owners to come and save the club, IL has made it clear he will not invest any further, the club has no assets and in reality close to insolvency. Can you imagine any other football club in this situation where the silence from the boardroom is alarming. I'm truly concerned that the end game is very close for OUFC at the moment[/p][/quote]I deliberately steered clear of mentioning Waddock, but now you have I have to . His record is far from satisfactory so far. He immediately came in and criticised the players publicly and undermined an already fragile morale. Instead of trying to improve confidence he spoke of a "losing culture" for a side that had been in the top 3 for most of the season and were in the top 8 with some extremely winnable matches that would have secured a play-off berth. If there was a losing culture at the club, it is one he contributed to far more than anyone else. The fact he couldn't turn things around and get things going again speaks volumes. His previous successes as a manager - especially the promotion at Wycombe were down to inheriting a squad geared for it & strong investment from their board. Wycombe are still recovering from his tenure after he left them looking at relegation back to the Conference. His PR is a joke. He was a cheap option and a desperate appointment from the chairman - one of the many decisions from IL that now threaten our future. A poor start in August and it won't take long before the atmosphere at the ground turns really toxic. I can't see GW lasting as far as Christmas. He'll either walk or be sacked. He'll undoubtedly cite that he wasn't given the backing of the board to make the investments he wanted & maybe he would have a point, but his inability to motivate players and inspire supporters is a major worry. Manor Born
  • Score: 2

7:03pm Wed 2 Jul 14

hawkeye1 says...

Well Wilder certainly landed on his feet at Northampton, with a Chairman who is not scared to put his hand in his pocket for players, he has
practicly bought a whole new team since being there, pity we do not have
that luck at Oxford.
Well Wilder certainly landed on his feet at Northampton, with a Chairman who is not scared to put his hand in his pocket for players, he has practicly bought a whole new team since being there, pity we do not have that luck at Oxford. hawkeye1
  • Score: 2

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