Update: Chris Wilder tells why he spoke to Portsmouth as Pompey this morning appoint Richie Barker

Herald Series: Chris Wilder Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder says the responsibility to his family was a key factor in deciding to meet with Portsmouth last week, rather than a desire to leave Oxford United.

The U’s boss was on a shortlist of candidates interviewed for the vacant manager’s role at Fratton Park, which was filled by Richie Barker this morning.

With the uncertainty now over, Wilder spoke to the Oxford Mail last night to explain the process.

Some had questioned why the United manager would be tempted, with Pompey sitting well below his side in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Wilder, who is out of contract next summer, made it clear at no stage had he decided he would take the job if it was offered and revealed several similar approaches had been turned down in the past.

He said: “There have been half a dozen opportunities for me to go and speak to clubs in my five years at Oxford United and I have turned them down.

“From my point of view (in April) I signed a 12-month contract, which I appreciate I was given by the club.

“We have restructured the club and have started the season in a great manner against a lot of competition and I’m delighted with the work we have done.

“But I’m six months into a 12-month deal. I have got responsibilities as a manager to my players and my football club, but I have also got a responsibility to my family.

“It was a rational decision that I made. I’m at a good club and a good club wanted to speak to me, that’s all it was.

“I just felt I needed to go and speak to them to see what they had to say.

“It was never going to definitely be offered to me and I was never in a position where I was automatically going to say yes as well.”

Wilder was not the only manager in work who met with Portsmouth representatives.

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale, one of only two people in the top four divisions who have been in their roles longer than Wilder, was also a candidate.

Wilder said: “Paul went for it as well, and we are the second and third longest serving managers, so I have got no embarrassment in going there.

“I don’t think anybody can question my loyalty to this football club.”

Last week, almost three-quarters of votes in a poll on the Oxford Mail website were in favour of United doing what they could to keep their boss.

Wilder knows there will always be critics, but is focused on continuing an excellent season which has taken the club top of the table.

He said: “I think people who are in the game know what a really good job we are doing.

“There will always be supporters who want a change. I get that, but I work for people who think in a different way and I respect that.

“I will just keep my head down and, as always, try and do my best for the football club.”

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11:07am Mon 9 Dec 13

Megastar07 says...

Well said Chris
Crack on and get us up
Well said Chris Crack on and get us up Megastar07

1:05pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Salalal says...

You are well out of it, Chris. The Pompey boo boys make every manager's life a nightmare down there.

"Portsmouth boss Paul Hart says he can handle the Fratton Park boos if it means keeping the club in the Premiership."

""They were booed off at the end of their third game without scoring, with fans wondering where the next goal or win will come from - and who will be the manager to oversee their revival if Michael Appleton goes to Blackpool."

"Tony to ignore boo boys"

"Tony Adams has told Pompey fans that despite the side being booed off in their last two home games...."

Guy Whittingham says, "'If they feel like they want to boo, that`s up to them."
You are well out of it, Chris. The Pompey boo boys make every manager's life a nightmare down there. "Portsmouth boss Paul Hart says he can handle the Fratton Park boos if it means keeping the club in the Premiership." ""They were booed off at the end of their third game without scoring, with fans wondering where the next goal or win will come from - and who will be the manager to oversee their revival if Michael Appleton goes to Blackpool." "Tony to ignore boo boys" "Tony Adams has told Pompey fans that despite the side being booed off in their last two home games...." Guy Whittingham says, "'If they feel like they want to boo, that`s up to them." Salalal

1:34pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Sid Snakey says...

That's fair enough - I don't think anyone can criticize Wilder's perspective on this, or indeed the approach of Ian Lenegan.

However, now Wilder's situation is out in the open for all to see, he will be linked with every job going in the lower two divisions until the end of the season.
That's fair enough - I don't think anyone can criticize Wilder's perspective on this, or indeed the approach of Ian Lenegan. However, now Wilder's situation is out in the open for all to see, he will be linked with every job going in the lower two divisions until the end of the season. Sid Snakey

2:33pm Mon 9 Dec 13

BigAlBiker says...

Sid Snakey wrote:
That's fair enough - I don't think anyone can criticize Wilder's perspective on this, or indeed the approach of Ian Lenegan.

However, now Wilder's situation is out in the open for all to see, he will be linked with every job going in the lower two divisions until the end of the season.
Hopefully.
[quote][p][bold]Sid Snakey[/bold] wrote: That's fair enough - I don't think anyone can criticize Wilder's perspective on this, or indeed the approach of Ian Lenegan. However, now Wilder's situation is out in the open for all to see, he will be linked with every job going in the lower two divisions until the end of the season.[/p][/quote]Hopefully. BigAlBiker

3:15pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Taff Ewe says...

I was hoping that this was the reason behind the interview and it is probably just as well that CW has come out and said this. It may have been difficult otherwise to continue with the full suport of the fans.
I was hoping that this was the reason behind the interview and it is probably just as well that CW has come out and said this. It may have been difficult otherwise to continue with the full suport of the fans. Taff Ewe

4:08pm Mon 9 Dec 13

oldun says...

Megastar07 wrote:
Well said Chris
Crack on and get us up
Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground

Chris and his men should make it

Very big match coming up on Saturday .

Top 3 - be there at the season's end

No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol .
[quote][p][bold]Megastar07[/bold] wrote: Well said Chris Crack on and get us up[/p][/quote]Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground Chris and his men should make it Very big match coming up on Saturday . Top 3 - be there at the season's end No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol . oldun

4:11pm Mon 9 Dec 13

swalker260 says...

It would of been difficult for CW s he only ha a contract now for 6 months and I will respect anyone who felt they needed to look at the options available and most importantly look after their family.
I hope for CW sake that we achieve promotion otherwise at the end of this season our so called supporters will again be demanding that OUFC find a new manager.
Sometimes there is no reward for loyalty
It would of been difficult for CW s he only ha a contract now for 6 months and I will respect anyone who felt they needed to look at the options available and most importantly look after their family. I hope for CW sake that we achieve promotion otherwise at the end of this season our so called supporters will again be demanding that OUFC find a new manager. Sometimes there is no reward for loyalty swalker260

4:22pm Mon 9 Dec 13

oldun says...

swalker260 wrote:
It would of been difficult for CW s he only ha a contract now for 6 months and I will respect anyone who felt they needed to look at the options available and most importantly look after their family.
I hope for CW sake that we achieve promotion otherwise at the end of this season our so called supporters will again be demanding that OUFC find a new manager.
Sometimes there is no reward for loyalty
My guess is that most current managers are fully aware that there are few jobs to go round and that many are after their job

I understand fully CW being interested in other jobs

I see him as being not particularly loyal or disloyal - just investigating other options over the years - Sheff Utd, Pompey - maybe others (including Cov)

Neither particularly disloyal or loyal
[quote][p][bold]swalker260[/bold] wrote: It would of been difficult for CW s he only ha a contract now for 6 months and I will respect anyone who felt they needed to look at the options available and most importantly look after their family. I hope for CW sake that we achieve promotion otherwise at the end of this season our so called supporters will again be demanding that OUFC find a new manager. Sometimes there is no reward for loyalty[/p][/quote]My guess is that most current managers are fully aware that there are few jobs to go round and that many are after their job I understand fully CW being interested in other jobs I see him as being not particularly loyal or disloyal - just investigating other options over the years - Sheff Utd, Pompey - maybe others (including Cov) Neither particularly disloyal or loyal oldun

5:06pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Exiled in Scotland says...

Lots of smoke and mirrors here. If a club in the Conference comes in with a 3 year offer then CW will be off like a shot rather than stay and complete the job and EARN another contract. The chairman should sort the contract situation out ASAP if he believes we have the right person to take us forward.
Lots of smoke and mirrors here. If a club in the Conference comes in with a 3 year offer then CW will be off like a shot rather than stay and complete the job and EARN another contract. The chairman should sort the contract situation out ASAP if he believes we have the right person to take us forward. Exiled in Scotland

5:36pm Mon 9 Dec 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
Megastar07 wrote: Well said Chris Crack on and get us up
Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground Chris and his men should make it Very big match coming up on Saturday . Top 3 - be there at the season's end No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol .
blah blah top 3 blah blah division 4 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah

Why don't you stop f'ing posting on here wasting everyone elses time and effort! Also, why don't you refer to the leagues by their correct name, we are in League 2, not Division 4, and if we go up this year we will be in League 1 not Division 3 you moron!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Megastar07[/bold] wrote: Well said Chris Crack on and get us up[/p][/quote]Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground Chris and his men should make it Very big match coming up on Saturday . Top 3 - be there at the season's end No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol .[/p][/quote]blah blah top 3 blah blah division 4 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah Why don't you stop f'ing posting on here wasting everyone elses time and effort! Also, why don't you refer to the leagues by their correct name, we are in League 2, not Division 4, and if we go up this year we will be in League 1 not Division 3 you moron!!!!!!!! OUFC 4 EVA

5:44pm Mon 9 Dec 13

oldun says...

OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
Megastar07 wrote: Well said Chris Crack on and get us up
Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground Chris and his men should make it Very big match coming up on Saturday . Top 3 - be there at the season's end No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol .
blah blah top 3 blah blah division 4 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah

Why don't you stop f'ing posting on here wasting everyone elses time and effort! Also, why don't you refer to the leagues by their correct name, we are in League 2, not Division 4, and if we go up this year we will be in League 1 not Division 3 you moron!!!!!!!!
Please don't bother reading them. The encouragement which I get from your retorts keeps me plugging away. Seriously , season's greetings and do have a great year.
[quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Megastar07[/bold] wrote: Well said Chris Crack on and get us up[/p][/quote]Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground Chris and his men should make it Very big match coming up on Saturday . Top 3 - be there at the season's end No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol .[/p][/quote]blah blah top 3 blah blah division 4 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah Why don't you stop f'ing posting on here wasting everyone elses time and effort! Also, why don't you refer to the leagues by their correct name, we are in League 2, not Division 4, and if we go up this year we will be in League 1 not Division 3 you moron!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Please don't bother reading them. The encouragement which I get from your retorts keeps me plugging away. Seriously , season's greetings and do have a great year. oldun

9:55am Tue 10 Dec 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
Megastar07 wrote: Well said Chris Crack on and get us up
Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground Chris and his men should make it Very big match coming up on Saturday . Top 3 - be there at the season's end No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol .
blah blah top 3 blah blah division 4 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah Why don't you stop f'ing posting on here wasting everyone elses time and effort! Also, why don't you refer to the leagues by their correct name, we are in League 2, not Division 4, and if we go up this year we will be in League 1 not Division 3 you moron!!!!!!!!
Please don't bother reading them. The encouragement which I get from your retorts keeps me plugging away. Seriously , season's greetings and do have a great year.
blah blah don't bother blah blah plug blah blah greetings blah blah top 3 blah blah lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah

same sh*t different day from the old one = every other reader on our site being bored out of their brain.
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Megastar07[/bold] wrote: Well said Chris Crack on and get us up[/p][/quote]Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground Chris and his men should make it Very big match coming up on Saturday . Top 3 - be there at the season's end No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol .[/p][/quote]blah blah top 3 blah blah division 4 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah Why don't you stop f'ing posting on here wasting everyone elses time and effort! Also, why don't you refer to the leagues by their correct name, we are in League 2, not Division 4, and if we go up this year we will be in League 1 not Division 3 you moron!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Please don't bother reading them. The encouragement which I get from your retorts keeps me plugging away. Seriously , season's greetings and do have a great year.[/p][/quote]blah blah don't bother blah blah plug blah blah greetings blah blah top 3 blah blah lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah same sh*t different day from the old one = every other reader on our site being bored out of their brain. OUFC 4 EVA

10:03am Tue 10 Dec 13

oldun says...

OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
Megastar07 wrote: Well said Chris Crack on and get us up
Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground Chris and his men should make it Very big match coming up on Saturday . Top 3 - be there at the season's end No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol .
blah blah top 3 blah blah division 4 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah Why don't you stop f'ing posting on here wasting everyone elses time and effort! Also, why don't you refer to the leagues by their correct name, we are in League 2, not Division 4, and if we go up this year we will be in League 1 not Division 3 you moron!!!!!!!!
Please don't bother reading them. The encouragement which I get from your retorts keeps me plugging away. Seriously , season's greetings and do have a great year.
blah blah don't bother blah blah plug blah blah greetings blah blah top 3 blah blah lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah

same sh*t different day from the old one = every other reader on our site being bored out of their brain.
Except for you . Thanks for the attention . Have a great day
[quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Megastar07[/bold] wrote: Well said Chris Crack on and get us up[/p][/quote]Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground Chris and his men should make it Very big match coming up on Saturday . Top 3 - be there at the season's end No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol .[/p][/quote]blah blah top 3 blah blah division 4 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah Why don't you stop f'ing posting on here wasting everyone elses time and effort! Also, why don't you refer to the leagues by their correct name, we are in League 2, not Division 4, and if we go up this year we will be in League 1 not Division 3 you moron!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Please don't bother reading them. The encouragement which I get from your retorts keeps me plugging away. Seriously , season's greetings and do have a great year.[/p][/quote]blah blah don't bother blah blah plug blah blah greetings blah blah top 3 blah blah lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah same sh*t different day from the old one = every other reader on our site being bored out of their brain.[/p][/quote]Except for you . Thanks for the attention . Have a great day oldun

10:43am Tue 10 Dec 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
Megastar07 wrote: Well said Chris Crack on and get us up
Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground Chris and his men should make it Very big match coming up on Saturday . Top 3 - be there at the season's end No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol .
blah blah top 3 blah blah division 4 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah Why don't you stop f'ing posting on here wasting everyone elses time and effort! Also, why don't you refer to the leagues by their correct name, we are in League 2, not Division 4, and if we go up this year we will be in League 1 not Division 3 you moron!!!!!!!!
Please don't bother reading them. The encouragement which I get from your retorts keeps me plugging away. Seriously , season's greetings and do have a great year.
blah blah don't bother blah blah plug blah blah greetings blah blah top 3 blah blah lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah same sh*t different day from the old one = every other reader on our site being bored out of their brain.
Except for you . Thanks for the attention . Have a great day
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ZZZZ #boringb@st@rd
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Megastar07[/bold] wrote: Well said Chris Crack on and get us up[/p][/quote]Top three at the end of the season - next season please let's have our so long overdue first season of lofty Div 3 footer at our post Manor ground Chris and his men should make it Very big match coming up on Saturday . Top 3 - be there at the season's end No sympathy from me for anyone who wasted their time in reading this monotonous repetitive 'mantra' - most know better and just click the thumbs down symbol .[/p][/quote]blah blah top 3 blah blah division 4 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah Why don't you stop f'ing posting on here wasting everyone elses time and effort! Also, why don't you refer to the leagues by their correct name, we are in League 2, not Division 4, and if we go up this year we will be in League 1 not Division 3 you moron!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Please don't bother reading them. The encouragement which I get from your retorts keeps me plugging away. Seriously , season's greetings and do have a great year.[/p][/quote]blah blah don't bother blah blah plug blah blah greetings blah blah top 3 blah blah lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah same sh*t different day from the old one = every other reader on our site being bored out of their brain.[/p][/quote]Except for you . Thanks for the attention . Have a great day[/p][/quote]zzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZZZ #boringb@st@rd OUFC 4 EVA

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