Oxford United chairman keeping his options open

The Oxford Times: Ian Lenagan Ian Lenagan

IAN Lenagan says that the Oxford United board will continue to work behind the scenes to close in on a new manager, but will always be mindful of the job Mickey Lewis is doing as caretaker boss.

Lewis is unbeaten in his three games in temporary charge, recording one win and two draws.

Lenagan said last week that the club were in no hurry to appoint Chris Wilder’s successor, but the U’s chairman suggested that the speed of the decision will be dictated by results under Lewis.

“I can imagine a scenario when we look in four-week chunks and review at the end of those four weeks,” Lenagan said.

“We will be looking at applicants, interviewing, but if Mickey carries on winning and returns two points a match on average, and we are still in the same place, we then review where we are again.

“One of the options open to us, and I am not saying I am going to take this option, is that if Oxford United continue to consolidate where they are in the play-offs or more preferably in the automatic promotion places, we could go to the end of the season if we are doing well.

“If we are not, we would quickly have to change. But we have to make sure we are ready to make that decision at the right time.”

Lenagan would not be drawn on any specific names, but reiterated that a new manager would have to tick all right the boxes.

“I am not prepared to discuss any particular applicants, but I would ask people to understand what style of person I am, in terms of who we are likely to accept,” he said.

“Nobody had heard of Chris Wilder and that selection board got it right.

“We now need a different type of person who can kick us onto the next level and can take us on to League One and above, but more importantly, fit in with the strategy and culture we want at Oxford United.”

Lenagan did not feel that Wilder’s departure from a team challenging for promotion to a side propping up the division reflected badly on the U’s.

But he is safe in the knowledge that a new manager will buy into the club’s philosophy from the word go.

He said: “Does it matter what people think about Chris Wilder joining Northampton? Not to me and I wouldn’t have thought to many Oxford fans. Who cares what the rest of them think?

“What a person decides to do is based upon his own personal judgement.

“I think with the way we want to run Oxford United, Chris did extremely well to try and do that, but it is easier to have your own man who will do it willingly because you have recruited him because he meets your cultural requirements.

“I had exactly the same situation at Wigan RL where in the first two years, I had a man who was a former Great Britain coach (Brian Noble), a long history of success in that environment, but I wanted a different style of manager and I got that. He (Michael Maguire) did exactly what I wanted him to do.”

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10:03am Thu 6 Feb 14

87oufc says...

Maybe if more Premier League clubs had Ian Lenegan as chairman they might not be in such finical despair.
Exactly the correct person we want representing our club.
Maybe if more Premier League clubs had Ian Lenegan as chairman they might not be in such finical despair. Exactly the correct person we want representing our club. 87oufc

10:28am Thu 6 Feb 14

Manor Born says...

Why is there an advert for swindon on this page? Someone is clearly taking the p!ss.
Why is there an advert for swindon on this page? Someone is clearly taking the p!ss. Manor Born

11:16am Thu 6 Feb 14

Inkpot says...

There's no ad for Swinedon on my page............mayb
e you've been looking at web pages in Swinedon............
ads are targeted to the individual.
There's no ad for Swinedon on my page............mayb e you've been looking at web pages in Swinedon............ ads are targeted to the individual. Inkpot

11:33am Thu 6 Feb 14

YellowRose says...

See foot of the page where paper owned by Newsquest (Oxfordshire and Wiltshire) Ltd. Unfortunate! What about a new team called Oxford & Wiltshire United along the lines of Thames Valley Royals?!
See foot of the page where paper owned by Newsquest (Oxfordshire and Wiltshire) Ltd. Unfortunate! What about a new team called Oxford & Wiltshire United along the lines of Thames Valley Royals?! YellowRose

12:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

87oufc says...

87oufc wrote:
Maybe if more Premier League clubs had Ian Lenegan as chairman they might not be in such finical despair.
Exactly the correct person we want representing our club.
...and apparently I can't spell financial.
[quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: Maybe if more Premier League clubs had Ian Lenegan as chairman they might not be in such finical despair. Exactly the correct person we want representing our club.[/p][/quote]...and apparently I can't spell financial. 87oufc

2:21pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Taff Ewe says...

We need to trst this guy. I think that he is trying to do the right things for the future of OUFC and is certainly not a non football person. Fans should believe in him and get behind him.

Although the OUFC numpties cannot see an inch ahead and because of those we could easily end up forcing out IL and ending up with another Kassam.
We need to trst this guy. I think that he is trying to do the right things for the future of OUFC and is certainly not a non football person. Fans should believe in him and get behind him. Although the OUFC numpties cannot see an inch ahead and because of those we could easily end up forcing out IL and ending up with another Kassam. Taff Ewe

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