I'm the right man to turn the tables - Lewis

Herald Series: Mickey Lewis reacts as Cheltenham score late on to snatch a 1-1 draw at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night Mickey Lewis reacts as Cheltenham score late on to snatch a 1-1 draw at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night

Mickey Lewis remains convinced that despite a lack of results he is the right person to be leading Oxford United as the season enters the final ten games.

It is now more than six weeks since Chris Wilder left the club and his former assistant was put in caretaker charge.

After an encouraging start, United’s promotion challenge has stuttered and a 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night means they have collected just two points from the last five games.

Chairman Ian Lenagan has made it clear getting the appointment of a new manager right is his priority.

But in his most recent interview, which came before the U’s collected one point from back-to-back home games, he admitted results would play a factor in how long Lewis was in charge for.

Lenagan said: “It will only be at the end of the season if Mickey gets us back on the winning trail, obviously.”

The caretaker boss, whose side visit leaders Chesterfield on Saturday, acknowledged two victories from ten games was not good enough.

But he was buoyed by the performance against Cheltenham, which followed on from a strong second half in defeat to Burton Albion on Saturday.

When asked whether he was the right man for the job at the moment, Lewis said: “Yes. It’s not true that I’m happy with the way it’s going because I wanted more wins on the table.

“But I think the lads have shown their spirit and the good football they’ve played, especially in the second half against Cheltenham.

“That’s 135 minutes where we’ve performed pretty well, so we go again on Saturday.”

With many of their rivals also struggling, United are not out of contention for automatic promotion, but the gap to the sides outside the play-offs has been slashed from 13 points to just five.

While some fans have seen the slump in results as a sign United need to bring someone in quickly, Lewis is still popular with the players.

Winger Ryan Williams hopes the 49-year-old is in charge at least until the end of the campaign.

He said: “I think Mickey’s a really good leader, he knows how to set up the team and knows how to manage us as players.

“I think I can speak on behalf of all the boys and say we’d love Mick to stay in charge until the end of the season.

“I couldn’t really see anyone else coming in at the moment.”

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9:28am Thu 13 Mar 14

LeGod says...

Well lets hope he stays in charge as he is doing a great job and hopefully keep you down in L2.

Happy Days and tough games coming up for you Yellow bellies.

Lets face it even if you did go up you would be straight down anyway.

L2 is where you belong well done Mickey Lewis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!

FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW
Well lets hope he stays in charge as he is doing a great job and hopefully keep you down in L2. Happy Days and tough games coming up for you Yellow bellies. Lets face it even if you did go up you would be straight down anyway. L2 is where you belong well done Mickey Lewis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW LeGod
  • Score: -31

10:21am Thu 13 Mar 14

train passenger says...

A case of Peter principle if ever there was one. As per Wikipedia: Organizations risk filling management roles with people who are incompetent if they promote those who are performing well at their current role, rather than those who have proven abilities at the intended role.
A case of Peter principle if ever there was one. As per Wikipedia: Organizations risk filling management roles with people who are incompetent if they promote those who are performing well at their current role, rather than those who have proven abilities at the intended role. train passenger
  • Score: 12

10:58am Thu 13 Mar 14

stayingafloat says...

LeGod wrote:
Well lets hope he stays in charge as he is doing a great job and hopefully keep you down in L2.

Happy Days and tough games coming up for you Yellow bellies.

Lets face it even if you did go up you would be straight down anyway.

L2 is where you belong well done Mickey Lewis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!

FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW
Moron. Nice to see they have let you out of the home at last. Do you still keep the DiCanio photo in your room?
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Well lets hope he stays in charge as he is doing a great job and hopefully keep you down in L2. Happy Days and tough games coming up for you Yellow bellies. Lets face it even if you did go up you would be straight down anyway. L2 is where you belong well done Mickey Lewis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW[/p][/quote]Moron. Nice to see they have let you out of the home at last. Do you still keep the DiCanio photo in your room? stayingafloat
  • Score: 12

11:17am Thu 13 Mar 14

bigchet says...

believe someone must have moved the stone that le god lives under surrounded by his decanio memorabilia . the swindon website is full of comments critical of their manager and owner so i think they out to be more concerned with the problems they face. our recent record against the a420 outfit suggests that maybe we would be more likely to survive if we did achieve promotion. mind you its a big if.
believe someone must have moved the stone that le god lives under surrounded by his decanio memorabilia . the swindon website is full of comments critical of their manager and owner so i think they out to be more concerned with the problems they face. our recent record against the a420 outfit suggests that maybe we would be more likely to survive if we did achieve promotion. mind you its a big if. bigchet
  • Score: 8

11:32am Thu 13 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

Mickey is not the man, nor is Melville, when Wilder left we could ave expected a bit more action from the Chairman rather than this silence and do nothing attitude, how anybody can take this long to get a decent manager is beyond me, the guy has lost interest and does not want us to be promoted.
Mickey is not the man, nor is Melville, when Wilder left we could ave expected a bit more action from the Chairman rather than this silence and do nothing attitude, how anybody can take this long to get a decent manager is beyond me, the guy has lost interest and does not want us to be promoted. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 2

11:43am Thu 13 Mar 14

steve mcavoy says...

I think Lewis had a lot of goodwill going for him. Sadly the gamble on the Chairman's part hasn't paid dividends so we are left hoping presumably on Exeter or Cheltenham being safe soon. I'm surprised any of the players has the nerve to keep on about their trust in Lewis - so where are the results of this, then?
I think Lewis had a lot of goodwill going for him. Sadly the gamble on the Chairman's part hasn't paid dividends so we are left hoping presumably on Exeter or Cheltenham being safe soon. I'm surprised any of the players has the nerve to keep on about their trust in Lewis - so where are the results of this, then? steve mcavoy
  • Score: 13

11:53am Thu 13 Mar 14

dave from witney says...

Winger Ryan Williams hopes the 49-year-old is in charge at least until the end of the campaign.

He said: “I think Mickey’s a really good leader, he knows how to set up the team and knows how to manage us as players.


Is that why he plays people out of position and some run around like headless chickens. Sounds like they are all affected by the 'Wilder Spin'. Sorry, Mickey is not the right man for the job, either short or long term
Winger Ryan Williams hopes the 49-year-old is in charge at least until the end of the campaign. He said: “I think Mickey’s a really good leader, he knows how to set up the team and knows how to manage us as players. Is that why he plays people out of position and some run around like headless chickens. Sounds like they are all affected by the 'Wilder Spin'. Sorry, Mickey is not the right man for the job, either short or long term dave from witney
  • Score: 14

12:21pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Eraser says...

Mickey has already turned the tables. We're going down it now instead of up...
Mickey has already turned the tables. We're going down it now instead of up... Eraser
  • Score: 15

12:54pm Thu 13 Mar 14

dorsetbob says...

I agree with all the comments above with the exception of the A420 troll, On tuesday the top 8 played with not a single win amongst them this league is mediority to the limit. If any team in the top 8 could string a few wins together they would be well clear of the pack , Plymouth are now on the march so we could drop out of the play off positions. A NEW MANAGER IS REQUIRED NOW
I agree with all the comments above with the exception of the A420 troll, On tuesday the top 8 played with not a single win amongst them this league is mediority to the limit. If any team in the top 8 could string a few wins together they would be well clear of the pack , Plymouth are now on the march so we could drop out of the play off positions. A NEW MANAGER IS REQUIRED NOW dorsetbob
  • Score: 9

1:08pm Thu 13 Mar 14

BanburyYellow says...

Its tough to get the manager you want when you want him at this stage of the season - mad dog needs to work out his best team and stick with it for a bit - we looked to have much better shape on Tuesday after Alfie came on - 10 games left - we can still do it...
Its tough to get the manager you want when you want him at this stage of the season - mad dog needs to work out his best team and stick with it for a bit - we looked to have much better shape on Tuesday after Alfie came on - 10 games left - we can still do it... BanburyYellow
  • Score: 0

1:45pm Thu 13 Mar 14

william12 says...

It is easy to blame ML, he has inherited a bunch of average players.The fact is they are not good enough.The team is mid table qaulity and that is it.Looking at the last set of results it seems that most of these teams top to bottom are evenley matched.The only difference is every team has a stand out player that influences /wins the game, unfortunately we do not.A new manager with these players will not make any difference.
It is easy to blame ML, he has inherited a bunch of average players.The fact is they are not good enough.The team is mid table qaulity and that is it.Looking at the last set of results it seems that most of these teams top to bottom are evenley matched.The only difference is every team has a stand out player that influences /wins the game, unfortunately we do not.A new manager with these players will not make any difference. william12
  • Score: -11

4:14pm Thu 13 Mar 14

remberingthe80s says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Mickey is not the man, nor is Melville, when Wilder left we could ave expected a bit more action from the Chairman rather than this silence and do nothing attitude, how anybody can take this long to get a decent manager is beyond me, the guy has lost interest and does not want us to be promoted.
he didnt leave you and your muppets didnt want him you muppet
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Mickey is not the man, nor is Melville, when Wilder left we could ave expected a bit more action from the Chairman rather than this silence and do nothing attitude, how anybody can take this long to get a decent manager is beyond me, the guy has lost interest and does not want us to be promoted.[/p][/quote]he didnt leave you and your muppets didnt want him you muppet remberingthe80s
  • Score: 0

4:40pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Headington Jim says...

I don't share ML's confidence. He has taken us to loosing away and at home playing some dreadful football. We know this team is capable of better than the way they played on Tuesday night. Player's opinions are the last thing to pay heed to. They want to stay in their comfort zone. There is still time for the right man to get the team playing to their strengths in the right positions and with the right tactics. At the moment ML is getting all these wrong.
I don't share ML's confidence. He has taken us to loosing away and at home playing some dreadful football. We know this team is capable of better than the way they played on Tuesday night. Player's opinions are the last thing to pay heed to. They want to stay in their comfort zone. There is still time for the right man to get the team playing to their strengths in the right positions and with the right tactics. At the moment ML is getting all these wrong. Headington Jim
  • Score: 5

7:01pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Richard Wickson says...

Headington Jim wrote:
I don't share ML's confidence. He has taken us to loosing away and at home playing some dreadful football. We know this team is capable of better than the way they played on Tuesday night. Player's opinions are the last thing to pay heed to. They want to stay in their comfort zone. There is still time for the right man to get the team playing to their strengths in the right positions and with the right tactics. At the moment ML is getting all these wrong.
Totally agree Jim, Mickey has had his chance and not been up to it! He really must be replaced and promptly otherwise the slightest chance we could rescue it will be blown for another season. The side is looking poorer with each game, stalwarts such as Wright, Hunt Mullins and Newey now look poor compared to when at their best and even Clark is looking shaky as he hasn't got the protection he once had. Another loss or two and we are definetlley out of even the play offs, get a grip Mr Lenagan and bring someone in, ML and AM need to be rewarded for their efforts with P45's and shown the door! Simple.
[quote][p][bold]Headington Jim[/bold] wrote: I don't share ML's confidence. He has taken us to loosing away and at home playing some dreadful football. We know this team is capable of better than the way they played on Tuesday night. Player's opinions are the last thing to pay heed to. They want to stay in their comfort zone. There is still time for the right man to get the team playing to their strengths in the right positions and with the right tactics. At the moment ML is getting all these wrong.[/p][/quote]Totally agree Jim, Mickey has had his chance and not been up to it! He really must be replaced and promptly otherwise the slightest chance we could rescue it will be blown for another season. The side is looking poorer with each game, stalwarts such as Wright, Hunt Mullins and Newey now look poor compared to when at their best and even Clark is looking shaky as he hasn't got the protection he once had. Another loss or two and we are definetlley out of even the play offs, get a grip Mr Lenagan and bring someone in, ML and AM need to be rewarded for their efforts with P45's and shown the door! Simple. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 0

7:55pm Thu 13 Mar 14

adlibber says...

Lewis is delusional and players sticking by him because Lewis keeps picking them and they are all failing miserably together. I've not heard a manager praise the way his team plays over 135 minutes where they scored two goals conceded 3 and gained 1 point!. I'd laugh more it it wasn't my club at the end of this bad joke.
Lewis is delusional and players sticking by him because Lewis keeps picking them and they are all failing miserably together. I've not heard a manager praise the way his team plays over 135 minutes where they scored two goals conceded 3 and gained 1 point!. I'd laugh more it it wasn't my club at the end of this bad joke. adlibber
  • Score: 0

9:39pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Richard Wickson says...

adlibber wrote:
Lewis is delusional and players sticking by him because Lewis keeps picking them and they are all failing miserably together. I've not heard a manager praise the way his team plays over 135 minutes where they scored two goals conceded 3 and gained 1 point!. I'd laugh more it it wasn't my club at the end of this bad joke.
The trouble is Adlibber we are fans and don't like to see the club we spend money and effort supporting underachieving the way they have the past few seasons. The assembled squad looked decent enough to achieve promotion this season in what is a poor Division 4. Part of the problem as I see it, is that we don't play passing football and cannot compete with teams that do. Mickey Lewis was never the answer to the Managerial problem and the longer IL leaves it to bring in a new Manager and coaching team the further we will fall from even the play offs. Confidence amongst the players looks nothing like it was a few short weeks ago and it will take a massive effort now to turn things around. I certainly didn't expect to see ML running the team at all and both him and Melville have proved to all of us that they are not the people to take us up, indeed had we not been so high up we could now be in serious trouble, our current League position is false and without major changes now we are almost certain to even fall from the play offs. I personally think IL's hopes of promotion were never realistic as he couldn't adequately finance a Division 3 club, he would prefer to see us stay where we are. Sadly gates will only continue to fall. Had he acted positively and promptly when CW jumped ship then gates would almost certainly have risen along with hopes of Promotion and I think the thought of financing that scared him, he might have a good business brain but his footballing brain is missing!
[quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: Lewis is delusional and players sticking by him because Lewis keeps picking them and they are all failing miserably together. I've not heard a manager praise the way his team plays over 135 minutes where they scored two goals conceded 3 and gained 1 point!. I'd laugh more it it wasn't my club at the end of this bad joke.[/p][/quote]The trouble is Adlibber we are fans and don't like to see the club we spend money and effort supporting underachieving the way they have the past few seasons. The assembled squad looked decent enough to achieve promotion this season in what is a poor Division 4. Part of the problem as I see it, is that we don't play passing football and cannot compete with teams that do. Mickey Lewis was never the answer to the Managerial problem and the longer IL leaves it to bring in a new Manager and coaching team the further we will fall from even the play offs. Confidence amongst the players looks nothing like it was a few short weeks ago and it will take a massive effort now to turn things around. I certainly didn't expect to see ML running the team at all and both him and Melville have proved to all of us that they are not the people to take us up, indeed had we not been so high up we could now be in serious trouble, our current League position is false and without major changes now we are almost certain to even fall from the play offs. I personally think IL's hopes of promotion were never realistic as he couldn't adequately finance a Division 3 club, he would prefer to see us stay where we are. Sadly gates will only continue to fall. Had he acted positively and promptly when CW jumped ship then gates would almost certainly have risen along with hopes of Promotion and I think the thought of financing that scared him, he might have a good business brain but his footballing brain is missing! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 0

9:49pm Thu 13 Mar 14

OUFC1983 says...

Let me just get this straight, we've won two matches in the last ten but ML is happy because we played well for the last 135 minutes? And even in those 135 minutes we failed to do anything of note. I'm really struggling to stay positive about our hopes for the rest of the season.
Let me just get this straight, we've won two matches in the last ten but ML is happy because we played well for the last 135 minutes? And even in those 135 minutes we failed to do anything of note. I'm really struggling to stay positive about our hopes for the rest of the season. OUFC1983
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Thu 13 Mar 14

wend says...

I wonder if Chris Powell has been considered if he is interested. Very experienced manager so must be worth a shot.
I wonder if Chris Powell has been considered if he is interested. Very experienced manager so must be worth a shot. wend
  • Score: 0

6:35am Fri 14 Mar 14

adlibber says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
adlibber wrote:
Lewis is delusional and players sticking by him because Lewis keeps picking them and they are all failing miserably together. I've not heard a manager praise the way his team plays over 135 minutes where they scored two goals conceded 3 and gained 1 point!. I'd laugh more it it wasn't my club at the end of this bad joke.
The trouble is Adlibber we are fans and don't like to see the club we spend money and effort supporting underachieving the way they have the past few seasons. The assembled squad looked decent enough to achieve promotion this season in what is a poor Division 4. Part of the problem as I see it, is that we don't play passing football and cannot compete with teams that do. Mickey Lewis was never the answer to the Managerial problem and the longer IL leaves it to bring in a new Manager and coaching team the further we will fall from even the play offs. Confidence amongst the players looks nothing like it was a few short weeks ago and it will take a massive effort now to turn things around. I certainly didn't expect to see ML running the team at all and both him and Melville have proved to all of us that they are not the people to take us up, indeed had we not been so high up we could now be in serious trouble, our current League position is false and without major changes now we are almost certain to even fall from the play offs. I personally think IL's hopes of promotion were never realistic as he couldn't adequately finance a Division 3 club, he would prefer to see us stay where we are. Sadly gates will only continue to fall. Had he acted positively and promptly when CW jumped ship then gates would almost certainly have risen along with hopes of Promotion and I think the thought of financing that scared him, he might have a good business brain but his footballing brain is missing!
Can't disagree with anything you've said Richard! Disappointment appears to be in our DNA I agree on your view of Lenagan I think he's a decent man but he made a big mistake putting Lewis in charge and leaving him there this long. We could almost own the worn out cliché snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: Lewis is delusional and players sticking by him because Lewis keeps picking them and they are all failing miserably together. I've not heard a manager praise the way his team plays over 135 minutes where they scored two goals conceded 3 and gained 1 point!. I'd laugh more it it wasn't my club at the end of this bad joke.[/p][/quote]The trouble is Adlibber we are fans and don't like to see the club we spend money and effort supporting underachieving the way they have the past few seasons. The assembled squad looked decent enough to achieve promotion this season in what is a poor Division 4. Part of the problem as I see it, is that we don't play passing football and cannot compete with teams that do. Mickey Lewis was never the answer to the Managerial problem and the longer IL leaves it to bring in a new Manager and coaching team the further we will fall from even the play offs. Confidence amongst the players looks nothing like it was a few short weeks ago and it will take a massive effort now to turn things around. I certainly didn't expect to see ML running the team at all and both him and Melville have proved to all of us that they are not the people to take us up, indeed had we not been so high up we could now be in serious trouble, our current League position is false and without major changes now we are almost certain to even fall from the play offs. I personally think IL's hopes of promotion were never realistic as he couldn't adequately finance a Division 3 club, he would prefer to see us stay where we are. Sadly gates will only continue to fall. Had he acted positively and promptly when CW jumped ship then gates would almost certainly have risen along with hopes of Promotion and I think the thought of financing that scared him, he might have a good business brain but his footballing brain is missing![/p][/quote]Can't disagree with anything you've said Richard! Disappointment appears to be in our DNA I agree on your view of Lenagan I think he's a decent man but he made a big mistake putting Lewis in charge and leaving him there this long. We could almost own the worn out cliché snatching defeat from the jaws of victory! adlibber
  • Score: 0

6:40am Fri 14 Mar 14

adlibber says...

remberingthe80s wrote:
BigAlBiker wrote:
Mickey is not the man, nor is Melville, when Wilder left we could ave expected a bit more action from the Chairman rather than this silence and do nothing attitude, how anybody can take this long to get a decent manager is beyond me, the guy has lost interest and does not want us to be promoted.
he didnt leave you and your muppets didnt want him you muppet
dear muppet - Wilder left of his own accord because the Chairman wasn't going to be held to ransom by a manager who despite two consecutive seasons of failure to reach play offs was given more time to put things right which he also failed to do. As you're unable to grasp this ask yourself if you would have dipped into your own wallet to reward a manager with a new contract without achieving anything for the 4th consecutive year? Wilder tried a stunt to get security Lenagan didn't agree Wilder left. No fan had a single input into the dialogue between Lenagan or Wilder. Take deep breaths Kermit.
[quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Mickey is not the man, nor is Melville, when Wilder left we could ave expected a bit more action from the Chairman rather than this silence and do nothing attitude, how anybody can take this long to get a decent manager is beyond me, the guy has lost interest and does not want us to be promoted.[/p][/quote]he didnt leave you and your muppets didnt want him you muppet[/p][/quote]dear muppet - Wilder left of his own accord because the Chairman wasn't going to be held to ransom by a manager who despite two consecutive seasons of failure to reach play offs was given more time to put things right which he also failed to do. As you're unable to grasp this ask yourself if you would have dipped into your own wallet to reward a manager with a new contract without achieving anything for the 4th consecutive year? Wilder tried a stunt to get security Lenagan didn't agree Wilder left. No fan had a single input into the dialogue between Lenagan or Wilder. Take deep breaths Kermit. adlibber
  • Score: 0

6:48am Fri 14 Mar 14

adlibber says...

LeGod wrote:
Well lets hope he stays in charge as he is doing a great job and hopefully keep you down in L2.

Happy Days and tough games coming up for you Yellow bellies.

Lets face it even if you did go up you would be straight down anyway.

L2 is where you belong well done Mickey Lewis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!

FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW
That's some shadow Le Tit - a mediocre league one club falling apart at the seams slipping down the table running out of cash and that great Italian manager unemployed after walking out on you to end up out of his depth. Onwards and downwards.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Well lets hope he stays in charge as he is doing a great job and hopefully keep you down in L2. Happy Days and tough games coming up for you Yellow bellies. Lets face it even if you did go up you would be straight down anyway. L2 is where you belong well done Mickey Lewis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW[/p][/quote]That's some shadow Le Tit - a mediocre league one club falling apart at the seams slipping down the table running out of cash and that great Italian manager unemployed after walking out on you to end up out of his depth. Onwards and downwards. adlibber
  • Score: 0

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