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  • "It's encouraging to hear that the guys coming in have a passion for football. They're coming in when expectations are low and it seemed as we were about to engage in a relegation battle so I for one am completely behind their investment.
    Great to hear Appleton has been recruited and that there could be 250k added to the playing staff budget. My view is if they look to get high quality players and coaches in, the rest will surely follow. Looking forward to seeing how their plans develop but mostly looking forward to seeing improvements on the pitch. Good luck to Ashton, Eales and Appleton"
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New Oxford United chairman tells fans: My door is open

Darryl Eales (left), Mark Ashton and Ian Lenagan walk out of the Kassam Stadium tunnel after yesterday’s press conference

Darryl Eales (left), Mark Ashton and Ian Lenagan walk out of the Kassam Stadium tunnel after yesterday’s press conference

First published in U's News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

NEW Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales has a simple solution for any supporters sceptical of his intentions – just ask him.

The prospect of a private equity expert from Birmingham suddenly becoming interested in the club raised suspicion in some quarters.

But after acquiring a significant stake in the club, described as between 30 and 50 per cent, he was keen to make assurances and spoke frankly about what motivated the move.

Eales said he wants to be part of United’s long-term plan, which means putting money in, rather than taking it out.

“You read some blogs talking about ‘is he going to take money out of the club?’,” he said.

“I’m thinking ‘if I wanted to make sensible investments you wouldn’t choose football’.

“I would say to supporters, ‘come and speak to me’.

“If you want to know my views on something, come and ask me because I’m new to all this, but I think people who have worked for me will say what you see is what you get.

“I don’t have agendas, politics I really dislike and I’m completely open.”

He added: “I don’t regard football as a business, but it’s got to make sense economically.

“I’m not looking to make money out of this, but I’m not looking to lose money either.

“If we started earning a profit as a business – and clearly it’s loss-making at the moment – I’m very happy for 100 per cent of that to be reinvested in the club.

“You can be the judge of this, but I don’t think I’ve got a big ego, so I’m not doing this for a big ego trip.

“I’m doing this to test myself in a different arena – in the sport I love.”

Top of the 53-year-old’s ‘to do’ list is make funds available to help Michael Appleton, who has replaced Gary Waddock as head coach, strengthen the squad.

Discussions have already taken place with incoming chief executive Mark Ashton, but it will not be a spending spree.

He said: “I’ve said to Mark, within sensible bounds, tell me what you need from a playing perspective and I’ll flex it.

“That’s not millions – I might say ‘you’ve got an extra £250,000 to spend’.”

Patient progress is the aim of the game for the new chairman, who briefly considered getting involved with Birmingham City 18 months ago before deciding against investing in the club he supports.

Eales is confident United have what it takes to move up the football pyramid, but stopped short of setting a deadline.

He said: “Realistically, to me this should be a sustainable Championship club.

“That’s what we’ve talked about, but what I think is foolhardy is to say we’re going to do that within three or five years.

“That’s just your inspiration, and all our efforts will be on trying to achieve that.”

Chey Dunkley completes move to Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

12:30pm Thursday 20th November 2014

OXFORD United have completed the signing of Chey Dunkley from Kidderminster Harriers.

Oxford United joy at derby victory over Swindon Town

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 19th November 2014

OXFORD United set up a glamour trip to Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup as they saw off rivals Swindon Town 3-2 at the Kassam Stadium.

England C duty holds up Oxford United's signing of Dunkley

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 19th November 2014

CHEY Dunkley is expected to complete his move to Oxford United today after international duty delayed the transfer from Kidderminster Harriers.

Oxford Utd 3, Swindon Tn 2

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

9:25pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

JORDAN Graham scored twice but Oxford United had to survive a late scare on the way to knocking rivals Swindon Town out of the FA Youth Cup at the Kassam Stadium.

Ashby and O'Dowda score in Oxford United defeat

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

2:43pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

JOSH Ashby and Callum O'Dowda were on target as Oxford United went down 3-2 to Bournemouth in a development game at Roman Way.

Tom Newey on the sidelines

Oxford Mail: Tom Newey

8:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

Tom Newey has been ruled out for up to a month after damaging ankle ligaments playing for Northampton Town on Friday night.

Oxford United's youngsters excited by playing on big stage

Oxford Mail: Chris Allen

8:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

Coach Chris Allen says Oxford United’s youth team are relishing the chance to play at the Kassam Stadium tonight.

Chey Dunkley's all set for Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

Oxford United appear to be closing in on the first of “three or four” players boss Michael Appleton is keen to sign before the loan window closes next week.

Chey Dunkley's all set for Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

Oxford United appear to be closing in on the first of “three or four” players boss Michael Appleton is keen to sign before the loan window closes next week.

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