Decision to axe Waddock as Oxford United boss was 'difficult'

Oxford Mail: Gary Waddock was appointed in March Gary Waddock was appointed in March

WHILE many details which emerged at Oxford United had already been hinted at over the past week, the biggest surprise came with news of Gary Waddock’s exit.

The former Aldershot and Wycombe Wanderers manager was told yesterday morning he was being replaced by Michael Appleton as part of changes at boardroom level.

Incoming chief executive Mark Ashton, whose links with Appleton go back to their playing days at West Bromwich Albion, admitted it was a tough move.

He said: “We’ve made the difficult decision to change Gary Waddock and bring in Michael Appleton.

“That wasn’t easy and I’d reiterate what Ian (Lenagan) said, it has no bearing on Gary’s capabilities at all.”

It brought to an end one of the shortest reigns in Oxford United’s history, which only began on March 22.

Waddock took charge of eight matches, a tenure just surpassing Darren Patterson’s three-game stint in 2006 among the club’s permanent bosses.

The former Republic of Ireland international, who was unavailable for comment yesterday, had little time to stamp his mark on the side, but leaves with the unwanted record of just one win – a 2-0 success at Plymouth Argyle.

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7:26am Sat 5 Jul 14

New Manor rename says...

Poor bloke was left with CW's squad who were already sliding. Then he received no financial backing to build his own team. Then, before a ball is kicked on his first full season, he's out. Somehow, we've managed to be extremely harsh in an already cut throat business. Feel sorry for him but actually believe all change is the best for the club........includin
g the players!
Poor bloke was left with CW's squad who were already sliding. Then he received no financial backing to build his own team. Then, before a ball is kicked on his first full season, he's out. Somehow, we've managed to be extremely harsh in an already cut throat business. Feel sorry for him but actually believe all change is the best for the club........includin g the players! New Manor rename
  • Score: 6

8:41am Sat 5 Jul 14

The Black Prince was off-side says...

So Ashton's ego and old pal's act is going to cost us the people who pay money in to the club a whole load of dosh to change the manager who, on paper, has a better track record than the guy coming in! We will pay in the end for all of this as we did with Maxwell. These people claim to "own" or save the club then we find it was only ever a loan and it takes us under yet again
So Ashton's ego and old pal's act is going to cost us the people who pay money in to the club a whole load of dosh to change the manager who, on paper, has a better track record than the guy coming in! We will pay in the end for all of this as we did with Maxwell. These people claim to "own" or save the club then we find it was only ever a loan and it takes us under yet again The Black Prince was off-side
  • Score: 4

2:14pm Sat 5 Jul 14

BigCrompy says...

I am in the camp that believes the appointment of Appleton is a coup, that he is astute, well connected and that his best management days are ahead of him. Neither am I terribly fussed at Gary Waddock's treatment; I wasn't blown away by his appointment, I bear the man no ill will; but this is a results business, and besides, Gary will surely be paid out.

But I do believe serious issues of trust had been raised by this escapade; now it emerges that only one want to work not the best; yet the club were quite happy to shamelessly promote season tickets sales as if all was merry and well. I really am absolutely opposed to be patronising and stubborn pretence on social media that all is cheerful and it's business as usual, when clearly we had been approaching crisis.

Please United, enough of the cloak and daggers… We loyal fans deserve far better than this moving forward.
I am in the camp that believes the appointment of Appleton is a coup, that he is astute, well connected and that his best management days are ahead of him. Neither am I terribly fussed at Gary Waddock's treatment; I wasn't blown away by his appointment, I bear the man no ill will; but this is a results business, and besides, Gary will surely be paid out. But I do believe serious issues of trust had been raised by this escapade; now it emerges that only one want to work not the best; yet the club were quite happy to shamelessly promote season tickets sales as if all was merry and well. I really am absolutely opposed to be patronising and stubborn pretence on social media that all is cheerful and it's business as usual, when clearly we had been approaching crisis. Please United, enough of the cloak and daggers… We loyal fans deserve far better than this moving forward. BigCrompy
  • Score: 3

2:17pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Oxokuba says...

This seems to be another Maxwell in the making minus the success on the field. Ashton selects a manager based on friendship and little success where ever Appleton has been doesn't bode well for the future. All I hope for in the interim is that the playing squad is strengthened to at least offer fans some optimism for this season. Our history is littered with boys playing with the club as if its a toy. Maybe Ashton will be the exception who knows. Proceed with caution I guess.
This seems to be another Maxwell in the making minus the success on the field. Ashton selects a manager based on friendship and little success where ever Appleton has been doesn't bode well for the future. All I hope for in the interim is that the playing squad is strengthened to at least offer fans some optimism for this season. Our history is littered with boys playing with the club as if its a toy. Maybe Ashton will be the exception who knows. Proceed with caution I guess. Oxokuba
  • Score: 6

1:52am Sun 6 Jul 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

All those who hailed Lenagan over the Wilder departure, saying it fit in with his "vision" can clearly go fudge themselves with the grotty pukey stuff that their opinions are based on....

Long Live Chris Wilder!!!
All those who hailed Lenagan over the Wilder departure, saying it fit in with his "vision" can clearly go fudge themselves with the grotty pukey stuff that their opinions are based on.... Long Live Chris Wilder!!! BenkiuGuasu
  • Score: -1

7:30am Sun 6 Jul 14

Oxokuba says...

BenkiuGuasu wrote:
All those who hailed Lenagan over the Wilder departure, saying it fit in with his "vision" can clearly go fudge themselves with the grotty pukey stuff that their opinions are based on....

Long Live Chris Wilder!!!
Yes let's hail a manager who took the club out of three successive play off spots and then left the club because he didn't get the new contract he didn't deserve.
[quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: All those who hailed Lenagan over the Wilder departure, saying it fit in with his "vision" can clearly go fudge themselves with the grotty pukey stuff that their opinions are based on.... Long Live Chris Wilder!!![/p][/quote]Yes let's hail a manager who took the club out of three successive play off spots and then left the club because he didn't get the new contract he didn't deserve. Oxokuba
  • Score: 5

10:10am Sun 6 Jul 14

Doctor69 says...

BenkiuGuasu wrote:
All those who hailed Lenagan over the Wilder departure, saying it fit in with his "vision" can clearly go fudge themselves with the grotty pukey stuff that their opinions are based on....

Long Live Chris Wilder!!!
Go support northampton you mong
[quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: All those who hailed Lenagan over the Wilder departure, saying it fit in with his "vision" can clearly go fudge themselves with the grotty pukey stuff that their opinions are based on.... Long Live Chris Wilder!!![/p][/quote]Go support northampton you mong Doctor69
  • Score: 6

1:28pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Manor Born says...

Is anyone really truly sorry to see GW go? The guy was an unmitigated disaster from the start. Good riddance to him.

As for Michael Appleton, you have to consider external factors at his previous clubs where he was doomed to failure. Let's face Pompey were in freefall and still recovering from years of mismanagement and financial abuse. Blackburn's poultry farm owners were hardly the basis for a secure and successful club during his time there. He was on a hiding to nothing.

Let's give him a chance. At least he hasn't come in and instantly criticised the players publicly and coming out with the nonsense that his predecessor did.

As for Wilder, he's gone - get over it. He was offered a 3-year deal at Northampton offering financial security to him and his family and he took it. Fair play to him. He's moved on and so should we. Indeed it was CW who said we should look to the present and future and not look to the past.

This is a new chapter in the history of Oxford United. Hopefully it will be a good one.
Is anyone really truly sorry to see GW go? The guy was an unmitigated disaster from the start. Good riddance to him. As for Michael Appleton, you have to consider external factors at his previous clubs where he was doomed to failure. Let's face Pompey were in freefall and still recovering from years of mismanagement and financial abuse. Blackburn's poultry farm owners were hardly the basis for a secure and successful club during his time there. He was on a hiding to nothing. Let's give him a chance. At least he hasn't come in and instantly criticised the players publicly and coming out with the nonsense that his predecessor did. As for Wilder, he's gone - get over it. He was offered a 3-year deal at Northampton offering financial security to him and his family and he took it. Fair play to him. He's moved on and so should we. Indeed it was CW who said we should look to the present and future and not look to the past. This is a new chapter in the history of Oxford United. Hopefully it will be a good one. Manor Born
  • Score: 0
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