UPDATE: Darryl Eales to become chairman of Oxford United as Waddock replaced as head coach + read the full statement

The Oxford Times: ANNOUNCEMENT: Ian Lenagan, centre, with Darryl Eales to his left and Mark Ashton to his right ANNOUNCEMENT: Ian Lenagan, centre, with Darryl Eales to his left and Mark Ashton to his right

Businessman Darryl Eales will become chairman of Oxford United.

In a statement released today, current chairman Ian Lenagan revealed Mr Eales was a new investor and shareholder at the club.

Each of the Lenagan Family and Mr Eales now has more than 30% of the shares of Oxford United Ltd but both with less than 50%.

A new board of directors has been set up with Mr Eales taking up the position of chairman, Mark Ashton appointed as chief executive and Ian Lenagan taking board responsibility for the stadium development project.

Head coach Gary Waddock has been replaced by Michael Appleton - appointed by Mr Ashton who said he wanted to work with his own man as head coach and had worked with Mr Appleton before.

Appleton has previously managed Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers.

Mr Lenagan's two sons, Simon and Adrian, have stepped down from the board of directors.

He revealed discussions had been ongoing for the past year but became crucial when the stadium development became "time-critical".

Ian Lenagan said: "Darryl is a football fan and a very successful businessman with, of importance, significant commercial experience.

"Darryl and I share the same personal and business style and have an identical approach to the strategies required for the ongoing success of Oxford United. We also have precisely the same ambitions for the club."

Lenagan, talking about the rival bid from Charlie Methven’s consortium, said: “We did finally get a bid from them yesterday, but that was conditional on us having done the deal on the stadium already.

“Darryl is quite prepare to take the risk and move forward.

“Charlie and his group are nice people and they are welcome to come and talk to us if they wish to do so and if they wish to inject further finances to make things go quicker, of course we’d be delighted to speak.”

Stewart Donald, the wealthy businessman behind Mr Methven's bid, said: “I am hoping that this will be good news and that Darryl Eales is in it for football rather than making money.

“If their intentions are similar to Charlie Methven’s vision then that will be great news but we are going to have to let time tell.”

New chairman Mr Eales said he considered himself the "custodian" of the club.

He said: "I would like to add that I have been impressed with everything I have seen at the club over the past months and I am delighted to be involved in conjunction with Ian Lenagan in driving Oxford United even faster along the already-defined strategy to achieve its ambitions.

"I look forward to meeting many of the fans, staff and partners of the club in the immediate future."

Oxfordshire businessman Charlie Methven has said he is disappointed that his alternative bid wasn't successful but said he hopes the U's go from strength to strength. 

Read the whole statement in full:

A statement from Oxford United Chairman, Ian Lenagan:

There has been much speculation over the past few weeks that the Lenagan family was selling its shares in Oxford United and moving on. That is not the case. What we have been doing is planning ahead for the next stage of development of Oxford United.

The past two years since I took over as chairman on July, 13 2012 have seen many advances including paying off of debts, financial stabilisation, recruitment and bedding in of a highly capable sales and marketing team, the real implementation of a young player development strategy, a better match-day experience and involvement of fans generally, a good relationship with the supporters trust, OxVox, and the development of a much better relationship with Firoz Kassam as owner of the stadium and conference centre.

The board of directors was convinced that an excellent base had been firmly established for the future success of the club.

However, the disappointment of not achieving the play-offs at the end of last season was an indication that even greater investment was perhaps needed to get up into League 1.

Of even more importance however was the growing certainty that – with the radical changes likely in the planning landscape for Oxford in the next 12 months and the opportunity which that could present to Oxford United finally to own its own stadium – it was vital at this crucial time to plan ambitiously to take advantage of these opportunities or to lose them.

That meant a further significant investment in financial and management terms;
financially to fund increased running cost and capital investment in a stadium project and, in management terms, to both run the club on a day-to-day basis whilst also devoting dedicated and experienced resource exclusively to the Stadium Project.

It was decided that this was the time to bring additional financial and management resources into the club alongside the Lenagan family in order to ensure this one-time opportunity would not be missed.

Consequently, I am delighted to announce the arrival of a new investor and shareholder in Oxford United, Darryl Eales, to stand alongside the Lenagan Family bringing significant extra financial investment and management skills into Oxford United.

Darryl is a football fan and a very successful businessman with, of importance, significant commercial experience. Until May of this year Darryl was CEO of LDC, the private equity part of Lloyds Banking Group, stepping down following 11 years in the role to concentrate on his own private interests including, particularly, Oxford United.

Darryl and I share the same personal and business style and have an identical approach to the strategies required for the ongoing success of Oxford United. We also have precisely the same ambitions for the club.

Discussions have been in process between the parties for over 12 months but accelerated
two months ago when the stadium development opportunities became time-critical.

Each of the Lenagan Family and Darryl Eales now has more than 30% of the shares of Oxford United Ltd but both with less than 50%.

The Football League has indicated formally no objection to the new shareholdings and acceptability of all persons under the Owners and Directors Test and hence this announcement is unconditional.

A new board of directors is now in place with Darryl taking up the position of chairman, Mark Ashton appointed as chief executive taking over responsibility for day-to-day management of the board’s existing strategy and Ian Lenagan taking Board responsibility for the Stadium Development project.

My two sons Simon and Adrian Lenagan step down from the board to concentrate on their own businesses having spent thousands of unpaid hours working on behalf of Oxford United. The board thanks them formally for their contributions to the club.

A change in personnel as a consequence of this new shareholding and management structure is the replacement of Gary Waddock by Michael Appleton since Mark Ashton wishes to have with him his own person as head coach, having worked with Michael Appleton previously.

We would like to thank Gary for his effort and contribution through the past months on behalf of Oxford United and to make it clear that this change does not in any way reflect on his performance or capability as head coach.

I believe strongly that this new shareholding structure with two major investors now involved is an an even stronger position for Oxford United than before and bodes well for the club’s future ambitions. I look forward to the start of the new season and the opportunity personally on behalf of the new board to focus on the Stadium Development opportunity.

Statement by new Chairman, Darryl Eales:

Ian Lenagan has explained fully and well the rationale behind my entry into Oxford United.

I would like to add that I have been impressed with everything I have seen at the club over the past months and I am delighted to be involved in conjunction with Ian Lenagan in driving Oxford United even faster along the already-defined strategy to achieve its ambitions.

I look forward to meeting many of the fans, staff and partners of the club in the immediate future.

A lot of people talk about ownership of a football club. I prefer to think of my involvement as that of a custodian of Oxford United with long-term intentions and ambitions which I share with the fans and with Ian.

Mark Ashton takes over all day-to-day activities of the club as chief executive from Monday. I know there has been some disquiet at the possible entry of new people into a settled and positive environment at Oxford United but be assured that we intend to continue in precisely the same way as before. Mark, in particular, is a highly-capable young man who has learned much from his experiences in running other clubs and I ask that he be supported fully and with enthusiasm by Oxford United fans.

Personally, I am so pleased to be involved with Oxford United directly in the management of a football club after years as an active football fan and I look forward to being a major contributor in a strong and successful future for Oxford United.

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2:28pm Fri 4 Jul 14

jonny1976 says...

wrong decision, but lets see what the new chairman can do. number one on the agenda BUY PLAYERS
wrong decision, but lets see what the new chairman can do. number one on the agenda BUY PLAYERS jonny1976
  • Score: 13

2:37pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Harold&Albert says...

Well, new money, new chairman a CEO and a new manager ... a few new players and who knows!
Well, new money, new chairman a CEO and a new manager ... a few new players and who knows! Harold&Albert
  • Score: 17

2:46pm Fri 4 Jul 14

BigAlBiker says...

Who said Waddonk was not the right man? I chuffing did.

He wasn't, but lets give this lot a chance to see what they can do as dong nothing was annoying me.
Who said Waddonk was not the right man? I chuffing did. He wasn't, but lets give this lot a chance to see what they can do as dong nothing was annoying me. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 2

2:48pm Fri 4 Jul 14

jonny1976 says...

Harold&Albert wrote:
Well, new money, new chairman a CEO and a new manager ... a few new players and who knows!
exactly, all we can do is try to get behind them again and see what happens
[quote][p][bold]Harold&Albert[/bold] wrote: Well, new money, new chairman a CEO and a new manager ... a few new players and who knows![/p][/quote]exactly, all we can do is try to get behind them again and see what happens jonny1976
  • Score: 7

2:54pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Eraser says...

Appleton as manager! - he has a 25% win ratio (19 wins form 79 games) and has achieved nothing at his former clubs apart from getting sacked. If you thought Waddock was bad you've seen nothing yet.
Appleton as manager! - he has a 25% win ratio (19 wins form 79 games) and has achieved nothing at his former clubs apart from getting sacked. If you thought Waddock was bad you've seen nothing yet. Eraser
  • Score: 13

2:57pm Fri 4 Jul 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Who said Waddonk was not the right man? I chuffing did.

He wasn't, but lets give this lot a chance to see what they can do as dong nothing was annoying me.
He was being TOLD to do nothing as the board were in these discussions and didnt want to undervalue OUFC. hence why no transfer funds were available - its obivious now.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Who said Waddonk was not the right man? I chuffing did. He wasn't, but lets give this lot a chance to see what they can do as dong nothing was annoying me.[/p][/quote]He was being TOLD to do nothing as the board were in these discussions and didnt want to undervalue OUFC. hence why no transfer funds were available - its obivious now. yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 14

2:57pm Fri 4 Jul 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Eraser wrote:
Appleton as manager! - he has a 25% win ratio (19 wins form 79 games) and has achieved nothing at his former clubs apart from getting sacked. If you thought Waddock was bad you've seen nothing yet.
yep down we go..
[quote][p][bold]Eraser[/bold] wrote: Appleton as manager! - he has a 25% win ratio (19 wins form 79 games) and has achieved nothing at his former clubs apart from getting sacked. If you thought Waddock was bad you've seen nothing yet.[/p][/quote]yep down we go.. yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 5

3:13pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Richard Wickson says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Eraser wrote:
Appleton as manager! - he has a 25% win ratio (19 wins form 79 games) and has achieved nothing at his former clubs apart from getting sacked. If you thought Waddock was bad you've seen nothing yet.
yep down we go..
Whilst this maybe the wrong decision, that is Lenagan staying and not Methven and co taking over we must give them and Michael Appleton our support and hope that it's a case of up we go. Iam always being criticised for being negative and get no pleasure at all from being proved mostly right, just age and experience. I personally, based on what we have been told thought the Methven bid was a good one, bearing in mind his team had the money to either build a new stadium or buy the Kassam. However we have new investment and a new manager so we have fresh hope. Time alone will tell! Good luck to the new team!
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eraser[/bold] wrote: Appleton as manager! - he has a 25% win ratio (19 wins form 79 games) and has achieved nothing at his former clubs apart from getting sacked. If you thought Waddock was bad you've seen nothing yet.[/p][/quote]yep down we go..[/p][/quote]Whilst this maybe the wrong decision, that is Lenagan staying and not Methven and co taking over we must give them and Michael Appleton our support and hope that it's a case of up we go. Iam always being criticised for being negative and get no pleasure at all from being proved mostly right, just age and experience. I personally, based on what we have been told thought the Methven bid was a good one, bearing in mind his team had the money to either build a new stadium or buy the Kassam. However we have new investment and a new manager so we have fresh hope. Time alone will tell! Good luck to the new team! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 12

3:28pm Fri 4 Jul 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Eraser wrote:
Appleton as manager! - he has a 25% win ratio (19 wins form 79 games) and has achieved nothing at his former clubs apart from getting sacked. If you thought Waddock was bad you've seen nothing yet.
yep down we go..
Whilst this maybe the wrong decision, that is Lenagan staying and not Methven and co taking over we must give them and Michael Appleton our support and hope that it's a case of up we go. Iam always being criticised for being negative and get no pleasure at all from being proved mostly right, just age and experience. I personally, based on what we have been told thought the Methven bid was a good one, bearing in mind his team had the money to either build a new stadium or buy the Kassam. However we have new investment and a new manager so we have fresh hope. Time alone will tell! Good luck to the new team!
the new board makes me think you have too many engine drivers and not enough soldiers. Hope it does work out for u
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eraser[/bold] wrote: Appleton as manager! - he has a 25% win ratio (19 wins form 79 games) and has achieved nothing at his former clubs apart from getting sacked. If you thought Waddock was bad you've seen nothing yet.[/p][/quote]yep down we go..[/p][/quote]Whilst this maybe the wrong decision, that is Lenagan staying and not Methven and co taking over we must give them and Michael Appleton our support and hope that it's a case of up we go. Iam always being criticised for being negative and get no pleasure at all from being proved mostly right, just age and experience. I personally, based on what we have been told thought the Methven bid was a good one, bearing in mind his team had the money to either build a new stadium or buy the Kassam. However we have new investment and a new manager so we have fresh hope. Time alone will tell! Good luck to the new team![/p][/quote]the new board makes me think you have too many engine drivers and not enough soldiers. Hope it does work out for u yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 1

3:29pm Fri 4 Jul 14

bigchet says...

dont know whether to laugh or cry. thought that the methven bid was the best one for utd but it was not to be , only hope that investment is made in team strenghtening as if not then we will be in trouble. as always will support the team and whoever is in charge.
dont know whether to laugh or cry. thought that the methven bid was the best one for utd but it was not to be , only hope that investment is made in team strenghtening as if not then we will be in trouble. as always will support the team and whoever is in charge. bigchet
  • Score: 9

3:40pm Fri 4 Jul 14

iallan says...

This is as positive an outcome as can be expected. Never expected this move, but results on the pitch are all that matters.
This is as positive an outcome as can be expected. Never expected this move, but results on the pitch are all that matters. iallan
  • Score: -4

3:40pm Fri 4 Jul 14

The Black Prince was off-side says...

So now we know why no fresh faces, the question is whether we have missed the boat on any decent talent and how all this unrest over management leadership leaves the team building and preparation. Apart from that concern it is my belief IL has chosen the wrong new owner when a local option was on the table. None of the new gang of three have any affinity with you , me , the club or Oxford.... And by the way wasn't LBG one of the worst offenders in the banking crisis?? PS where does leave the ever faithful Mick Brown?
So now we know why no fresh faces, the question is whether we have missed the boat on any decent talent and how all this unrest over management leadership leaves the team building and preparation. Apart from that concern it is my belief IL has chosen the wrong new owner when a local option was on the table. None of the new gang of three have any affinity with you , me , the club or Oxford.... And by the way wasn't LBG one of the worst offenders in the banking crisis?? PS where does leave the ever faithful Mick Brown? The Black Prince was off-side
  • Score: 5

3:52pm Fri 4 Jul 14

AylesburyOx says...

Firstly I’d like to thank Mr. Waddock for all he’s done and the professionalism he’s shown during his time here. It’s now clear that he knew the writing was on the wall but kept the boards wishes and treated them with respect. I, for one felt he was given a rotten task and was thoroughly mistreated by Oxford United Football Club. Hopefully wherever he lands next he’ll be given much more respect and far greater resources.

Welcome to the new guys. Big talk, as usual. I remain a sceptic as I hate back slapping bull-sh*t and frankly in my 25 years supporting OUFC I’ve experienced my fair share of it.

So here’s the deal; these are the things I want in the next 12 months and if you deliver them I will accept that this whole palaver has been worth it.

1. Top 3, nothing less than. Give Appleton the money and means to achieve it and if we don’t make it then there is nothing or nobody else to blame. Money talks.
2. The stadium either bought or a decision made on a new ground. We either stay as owners or seek opportunities elsewhere. It has to be, HAS TO BE that black and white.
3. Better coaching staff – I keep banging on about it but for the love of god hire some professionals, give them a good wage and get the players working and improving. No more flapping about on a training pitch for an hour a day. It’s serious business with coaches who can get the squad fired up.
4. Community links and scouting networks. Rebuild the bond with the community that has been so fractured in recent years. Look at the local sides and see who has potential. Kids for a quid, massive discounts for large groups and community projects – get people in the ground!
5. A link with a Premier League club. With all the talk of the development of English players and the ‘B’ team idea, why not have a formal agreement with a Premier League side to take a few of their lads on long term loans and see what we can get out of them? Southampton, Leicester and Palace all have great youth sides and would probably bite our hand off to give a group of them league games.

Do these and my faith will be restored.
Firstly I’d like to thank Mr. Waddock for all he’s done and the professionalism he’s shown during his time here. It’s now clear that he knew the writing was on the wall but kept the boards wishes and treated them with respect. I, for one felt he was given a rotten task and was thoroughly mistreated by Oxford United Football Club. Hopefully wherever he lands next he’ll be given much more respect and far greater resources. Welcome to the new guys. Big talk, as usual. I remain a sceptic as I hate back slapping bull-sh*t and frankly in my 25 years supporting OUFC I’ve experienced my fair share of it. So here’s the deal; these are the things I want in the next 12 months and if you deliver them I will accept that this whole palaver has been worth it. 1. Top 3, nothing less than. Give Appleton the money and means to achieve it and if we don’t make it then there is nothing or nobody else to blame. Money talks. 2. The stadium either bought or a decision made on a new ground. We either stay as owners or seek opportunities elsewhere. It has to be, HAS TO BE that black and white. 3. Better coaching staff – I keep banging on about it but for the love of god hire some professionals, give them a good wage and get the players working and improving. No more flapping about on a training pitch for an hour a day. It’s serious business with coaches who can get the squad fired up. 4. Community links and scouting networks. Rebuild the bond with the community that has been so fractured in recent years. Look at the local sides and see who has potential. Kids for a quid, massive discounts for large groups and community projects – get people in the ground! 5. A link with a Premier League club. With all the talk of the development of English players and the ‘B’ team idea, why not have a formal agreement with a Premier League side to take a few of their lads on long term loans and see what we can get out of them? Southampton, Leicester and Palace all have great youth sides and would probably bite our hand off to give a group of them league games. Do these and my faith will be restored. AylesburyOx
  • Score: 24

3:53pm Fri 4 Jul 14

87oufc says...

The Black Prince was off-side wrote:
So now we know why no fresh faces, the question is whether we have missed the boat on any decent talent and how all this unrest over management leadership leaves the team building and preparation. Apart from that concern it is my belief IL has chosen the wrong new owner when a local option was on the table. None of the new gang of three have any affinity with you , me , the club or Oxford.... And by the way wasn't LBG one of the worst offenders in the banking crisis?? PS where does leave the ever faithful Mick Brown?
A few players I would have been happy for us to sign have been signed since. Doesn't make them good but they have certainly played their part against us.
[quote][p][bold]The Black Prince was off-side[/bold] wrote: So now we know why no fresh faces, the question is whether we have missed the boat on any decent talent and how all this unrest over management leadership leaves the team building and preparation. Apart from that concern it is my belief IL has chosen the wrong new owner when a local option was on the table. None of the new gang of three have any affinity with you , me , the club or Oxford.... And by the way wasn't LBG one of the worst offenders in the banking crisis?? PS where does leave the ever faithful Mick Brown?[/p][/quote]A few players I would have been happy for us to sign have been signed since. Doesn't make them good but they have certainly played their part against us. 87oufc
  • Score: 1

4:06pm Fri 4 Jul 14

SteveinSC says...

AylesburyOx wrote:
Firstly I’d like to thank Mr. Waddock for all he’s done and the professionalism he’s shown during his time here. It’s now clear that he knew the writing was on the wall but kept the boards wishes and treated them with respect. I, for one felt he was given a rotten task and was thoroughly mistreated by Oxford United Football Club. Hopefully wherever he lands next he’ll be given much more respect and far greater resources.

Welcome to the new guys. Big talk, as usual. I remain a sceptic as I hate back slapping bull-sh*t and frankly in my 25 years supporting OUFC I’ve experienced my fair share of it.

So here’s the deal; these are the things I want in the next 12 months and if you deliver them I will accept that this whole palaver has been worth it.

1. Top 3, nothing less than. Give Appleton the money and means to achieve it and if we don’t make it then there is nothing or nobody else to blame. Money talks.
2. The stadium either bought or a decision made on a new ground. We either stay as owners or seek opportunities elsewhere. It has to be, HAS TO BE that black and white.
3. Better coaching staff – I keep banging on about it but for the love of god hire some professionals, give them a good wage and get the players working and improving. No more flapping about on a training pitch for an hour a day. It’s serious business with coaches who can get the squad fired up.
4. Community links and scouting networks. Rebuild the bond with the community that has been so fractured in recent years. Look at the local sides and see who has potential. Kids for a quid, massive discounts for large groups and community projects – get people in the ground!
5. A link with a Premier League club. With all the talk of the development of English players and the ‘B’ team idea, why not have a formal agreement with a Premier League side to take a few of their lads on long term loans and see what we can get out of them? Southampton, Leicester and Palace all have great youth sides and would probably bite our hand off to give a group of them league games.

Do these and my faith will be restored.
A great post, and one I agree 100% with. if the talks have been going on for months, then I hope that Appleton has new players lined up ready to come on board. At the end of the day it's results on the pitch that count, and we are leaving it very very late to build a new team that can take us forward.
[quote][p][bold]AylesburyOx[/bold] wrote: Firstly I’d like to thank Mr. Waddock for all he’s done and the professionalism he’s shown during his time here. It’s now clear that he knew the writing was on the wall but kept the boards wishes and treated them with respect. I, for one felt he was given a rotten task and was thoroughly mistreated by Oxford United Football Club. Hopefully wherever he lands next he’ll be given much more respect and far greater resources. Welcome to the new guys. Big talk, as usual. I remain a sceptic as I hate back slapping bull-sh*t and frankly in my 25 years supporting OUFC I’ve experienced my fair share of it. So here’s the deal; these are the things I want in the next 12 months and if you deliver them I will accept that this whole palaver has been worth it. 1. Top 3, nothing less than. Give Appleton the money and means to achieve it and if we don’t make it then there is nothing or nobody else to blame. Money talks. 2. The stadium either bought or a decision made on a new ground. We either stay as owners or seek opportunities elsewhere. It has to be, HAS TO BE that black and white. 3. Better coaching staff – I keep banging on about it but for the love of god hire some professionals, give them a good wage and get the players working and improving. No more flapping about on a training pitch for an hour a day. It’s serious business with coaches who can get the squad fired up. 4. Community links and scouting networks. Rebuild the bond with the community that has been so fractured in recent years. Look at the local sides and see who has potential. Kids for a quid, massive discounts for large groups and community projects – get people in the ground! 5. A link with a Premier League club. With all the talk of the development of English players and the ‘B’ team idea, why not have a formal agreement with a Premier League side to take a few of their lads on long term loans and see what we can get out of them? Southampton, Leicester and Palace all have great youth sides and would probably bite our hand off to give a group of them league games. Do these and my faith will be restored.[/p][/quote]A great post, and one I agree 100% with. if the talks have been going on for months, then I hope that Appleton has new players lined up ready to come on board. At the end of the day it's results on the pitch that count, and we are leaving it very very late to build a new team that can take us forward. SteveinSC
  • Score: 5

4:19pm Fri 4 Jul 14

dave from witney says...

Not sure what to mke of the club at the moment.

LENAGAN, lost 50% of his credibilty when he left the club rudderless when Wilder left. Now to me has lost the other half by agreeing to sack the outstanding candidate.

ASHTON, Read the Watford, Portsmouth Bristol City and Wycombe forums to see what a disaster they all thought he was.

APPLETON, One game in charge at WestBrom, Relegated with Portsmouth, lasted nine weeks at Blackpool, sacked after two months at Blackburn....hardly a success story is it?. Maybe he was even cheaper than Waddock.

EALES, He is a banker ! we all know what 90% of those money grabbers are.

Not inspired myself. just totally flabaghasted at the goings on.
Not sure what to mke of the club at the moment. LENAGAN, lost 50% of his credibilty when he left the club rudderless when Wilder left. Now to me has lost the other half by agreeing to sack the outstanding candidate. ASHTON, Read the Watford, Portsmouth Bristol City and Wycombe forums to see what a disaster they all thought he was. APPLETON, One game in charge at WestBrom, Relegated with Portsmouth, lasted nine weeks at Blackpool, sacked after two months at Blackburn....hardly a success story is it?. Maybe he was even cheaper than Waddock. EALES, He is a banker ! we all know what 90% of those money grabbers are. Not inspired myself. just totally flabaghasted at the goings on. dave from witney
  • Score: 22

5:13pm Fri 4 Jul 14

dovepe says...

It could only happen at OUFC.Maxwell is back! In disguise! sorry for GW.But still Come on You Yellows!
It could only happen at OUFC.Maxwell is back! In disguise! sorry for GW.But still Come on You Yellows! dovepe
  • Score: 3

5:33pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Manor Born says...

Only reason people like this get involved with a struggling 4th tier football club with large debts, no assets & who have no connection or affinity to the area is they smell a development opportunity.

This all smells like Firoz Kassam Mark II to me. We may ultimately get rid of FK, but what will he be replaced by? I very much doubt the club will be owners of any ground any time soon. Hope I am proved wrong and this is a shiny new dawn for our club, but it feels like 1999 all over again and our club is now further from us than ever before.
Only reason people like this get involved with a struggling 4th tier football club with large debts, no assets & who have no connection or affinity to the area is they smell a development opportunity. This all smells like Firoz Kassam Mark II to me. We may ultimately get rid of FK, but what will he be replaced by? I very much doubt the club will be owners of any ground any time soon. Hope I am proved wrong and this is a shiny new dawn for our club, but it feels like 1999 all over again and our club is now further from us than ever before. Manor Born
  • Score: 7

5:41pm Fri 4 Jul 14

learned says...

Personally I think this is as bad as it can get !
Lenegan is not a person to be trusted and his treatment of Gary Waddock, whether you like him or not is dishonourable and appalling.
In his statement Lenegan refers to "his disappointment " at not getting into league one. Well it was your fault Lenegan ! You took so long to replace Wilder and at the time of GW's appointment said he was the best man for the job. Within hours of this new board structure Lenegan then sacks him ! What a way to treat someone .
And Appleton ! He has been a flop at Pompey and Blackpool and now we have to suffer him !
A black day for OUFC.
Personally I think this is as bad as it can get ! Lenegan is not a person to be trusted and his treatment of Gary Waddock, whether you like him or not is dishonourable and appalling. In his statement Lenegan refers to "his disappointment " at not getting into league one. Well it was your fault Lenegan ! You took so long to replace Wilder and at the time of GW's appointment said he was the best man for the job. Within hours of this new board structure Lenegan then sacks him ! What a way to treat someone . And Appleton ! He has been a flop at Pompey and Blackpool and now we have to suffer him ! A black day for OUFC. learned
  • Score: 13

6:07pm Fri 4 Jul 14

dorsetyellows says...

Not sure what to make of all the developments at oxford utd . But with success on the pitch the rest will fall into place a lot easier . We must sort out the stadium ownership or a new build . Quality players cost money
and I believe the new coach will have better contacts than Gary waddock.
Also what wrong with all these other investors wishing to put money into the club, still doing that in some shape or form . Feel more positive
about next season just now .
Not sure what to make of all the developments at oxford utd . But with success on the pitch the rest will fall into place a lot easier . We must sort out the stadium ownership or a new build . Quality players cost money and I believe the new coach will have better contacts than Gary waddock. Also what wrong with all these other investors wishing to put money into the club, still doing that in some shape or form . Feel more positive about next season just now . dorsetyellows
  • Score: -2

8:00pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Doctor69 says...

Got to say I'm not really happy with this news.
The new investors are not fans and don't have good form, the new managers track record is pretty grim.
Let's hope some real intent is shown with signings in the coming days, and in the coming weeks a real action plan regarding the stadium.
Got to say I'm not really happy with this news. The new investors are not fans and don't have good form, the new managers track record is pretty grim. Let's hope some real intent is shown with signings in the coming days, and in the coming weeks a real action plan regarding the stadium. Doctor69
  • Score: 4

11:19pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Madradley says...

Out with Wider
Out with Waddock
Out with Appleton
Out with Lenigan
Out with everyone,
Constant moaning constant complaining. Who do you expect Alec Ferguson, Wayne Rooney, etc
Get real we are a 2nd division side.
Get behind the manager and players instead of constantly carping.
Out with Wider Out with Waddock Out with Appleton Out with Lenigan Out with everyone, Constant moaning constant complaining. Who do you expect Alec Ferguson, Wayne Rooney, etc Get real we are a 2nd division side. Get behind the manager and players instead of constantly carping. Madradley
  • Score: 0

11:58pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Moobs says...

Appleton is a good coach, he was at clubs in decline. He will have good contacts at higher clubs for players

Waddock is crap, end of. 8 Matches in charge lost 7. Pathetic and deserves sack
Appleton is a good coach, he was at clubs in decline. He will have good contacts at higher clubs for players Waddock is crap, end of. 8 Matches in charge lost 7. Pathetic and deserves sack Moobs
  • Score: -3

1:14am Sat 5 Jul 14

village lad says...

Lenegan has sold OUFC right down the river without the proverbial paddle.
No respect for the fans due to lack of communication and this whole scenario stinks of the early stages of a full takeover.
His, or OUFC's, treatment of Gary Waddock is a disgrace and he has now proven that he cannot be trusted and does not have the interests of OUFC at heart - only his back pocket!

However, Charlie's bid was appallingly too late. if he and Mr Donald were genuinely interested in taking over, why leave it until the very last minute to bid and then stipulate it was on condition of owning the ground, which was never going to happen in time. it was almost as though they didn't want the bid to be successful.

Baton down the hatches, could be a bumpy ride this one!
Lenegan has sold OUFC right down the river without the proverbial paddle. No respect for the fans due to lack of communication and this whole scenario stinks of the early stages of a full takeover. His, or OUFC's, treatment of Gary Waddock is a disgrace and he has now proven that he cannot be trusted and does not have the interests of OUFC at heart - only his back pocket! However, Charlie's bid was appallingly too late. if he and Mr Donald were genuinely interested in taking over, why leave it until the very last minute to bid and then stipulate it was on condition of owning the ground, which was never going to happen in time. it was almost as though they didn't want the bid to be successful. Baton down the hatches, could be a bumpy ride this one! village lad
  • Score: 3

4:02am Sat 5 Jul 14

oxfordus says...

Good grief...what a lot to take in. We simply don't know the value of these changes to OUFC until later, but I feel another interesting chapter in our history has just begun. OUFC is not for the faint hearted that's for sure.
Good grief...what a lot to take in. We simply don't know the value of these changes to OUFC until later, but I feel another interesting chapter in our history has just begun. OUFC is not for the faint hearted that's for sure. oxfordus
  • Score: 2

11:23am Sat 5 Jul 14

hot foot says...

good to see that OUFC have friends and supporters in high places.Looks like the move from the Kassam to Water Eaton is a certainty thanks to the big wigs on the Councils
good to see that OUFC have friends and supporters in high places.Looks like the move from the Kassam to Water Eaton is a certainty thanks to the big wigs on the Councils hot foot
  • Score: 0

6:16pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Unitedwestand81 says...

Why are you all blaming lenegan for waddocks sacking? He isn't the chairman anymore and it was Ashton who wanted to bring his own man in.

#coyy
Why are you all blaming lenegan for waddocks sacking? He isn't the chairman anymore and it was Ashton who wanted to bring his own man in. #coyy Unitedwestand81
  • Score: 1
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