Oxford United skipper raring to start Waddock era

Jake Wright

Jake Wright

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JAKE Wright cannot wait to begin working for Oxford United's new manager after receiving encouraging reports from friends who have played under Gary Waddock in the past.

The U's players met their new boss before training this morning, ahead of tomorrow night's game at Southend United.

After the news of the appointment broke yesterday, Wright spoke to several people in the game who had worked for Waddock at previous clubs.

The United captain was delighted with the feedback and is hopeful the side can finish the season strongly.

He said: "I've heard a load of good things about him, I've played with people who have played for him and they said positive things about him.

"We are excited about him coming in and starting.

"He's got a good set of staff and a good group of players with an excellent team spirit.

"We're in a good position so he's taken over at a really good club.

"Hopefully he will add something himself and we will go through a really good period."

United go into tomorrow's game in the back of a 1-0 win against Hartlepool United on Friday night, which Waddock watched from the stands.

It ended a run of six games without a win and Wright believes the result will have shown the qualities the squad has to offer.

He said: "I think it makes it a lot easier for him.

"Apparently he was at the game so he will have seen a lot of things that hopefully he liked and wants to carry on with.

"Maybe he saw a few things he wants to change.

"I'm looking forward to meeting him and going on from there."

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6:05pm Sun 23 Mar 14

oldun says...

Mr Waddock will be welcomed . He was chosen from 72 and will thus be superb. Please take us up this season, GW.
Mr Waddock will be welcomed . He was chosen from 72 and will thus be superb. Please take us up this season, GW. oldun
  • Score: 12

8:01pm Sun 23 Mar 14

South Upper 87 says...

When his name was announced, there appeared to be many who ''seemed disappointed''. Now everyone has settled down and read his pedigree, I believe that all of the fans will get behind him as a really good head coach/manager. The chairman said on friday night, that the appointment may not be everyone's liking, but as oldun say's, they had over seventy apply for the job, plus they considered others who did not, but GW came out as the outstanding candidatae and was their first choice. After reading some of the comments from Exeter City forum, I for one am so pleased that we did not get Tisdale. We all know Gary Waddock's history..two promotions, yes one relegation which was due to Wycombe nearly going bust and the club was on it's knees. He was sacked and then picked up by MK Dons, if you are no good then you don't get a job in a higher division straight away. Time will tell, but I for one feel he is just what we need at this time. I will be off to Southend tomorrow, it's a shame in one way that it's being televised , as this will probably reduce the faithful away following to around 300 or so.. It will be great to beat the Southend hoodoo and come away with a win.
When his name was announced, there appeared to be many who ''seemed disappointed''. Now everyone has settled down and read his pedigree, I believe that all of the fans will get behind him as a really good head coach/manager. The chairman said on friday night, that the appointment may not be everyone's liking, but as oldun say's, they had over seventy apply for the job, plus they considered others who did not, but GW came out as the outstanding candidatae and was their first choice. After reading some of the comments from Exeter City forum, I for one am so pleased that we did not get Tisdale. We all know Gary Waddock's history..two promotions, yes one relegation which was due to Wycombe nearly going bust and the club was on it's knees. He was sacked and then picked up by MK Dons, if you are no good then you don't get a job in a higher division straight away. Time will tell, but I for one feel he is just what we need at this time. I will be off to Southend tomorrow, it's a shame in one way that it's being televised , as this will probably reduce the faithful away following to around 300 or so.. It will be great to beat the Southend hoodoo and come away with a win. South Upper 87
  • Score: 9

9:29pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Manor Born says...

He was sacked because he took a well financed Wycombe side to the bottom of this league. Two relegations from league 1 - a promotion in between. Nice guy and a good coach yes maybe, but so is Mickey Lewis. David Kemp went from managing us to being first team coach at premier league stoke city, would you want him as a manager again?

Dreadful appointment. But hey ho, he's a nice guy. People criticised Wilder for being tactically clueless, wilder makes this guy look like a tactical genius. We may as well have appointed Graham Rix for a second spell.
He was sacked because he took a well financed Wycombe side to the bottom of this league. Two relegations from league 1 - a promotion in between. Nice guy and a good coach yes maybe, but so is Mickey Lewis. David Kemp went from managing us to being first team coach at premier league stoke city, would you want him as a manager again? Dreadful appointment. But hey ho, he's a nice guy. People criticised Wilder for being tactically clueless, wilder makes this guy look like a tactical genius. We may as well have appointed Graham Rix for a second spell. Manor Born
  • Score: -9

10:36pm Sun 23 Mar 14

oldun says...

Manor Born wrote:
He was sacked because he took a well financed Wycombe side to the bottom of this league. Two relegations from league 1 - a promotion in between. Nice guy and a good coach yes maybe, but so is Mickey Lewis. David Kemp went from managing us to being first team coach at premier league stoke city, would you want him as a manager again?

Dreadful appointment. But hey ho, he's a nice guy. People criticised Wilder for being tactically clueless, wilder makes this guy look like a tactical genius. We may as well have appointed Graham Rix for a second spell.
Ridiculous view - 72 applicants
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: He was sacked because he took a well financed Wycombe side to the bottom of this league. Two relegations from league 1 - a promotion in between. Nice guy and a good coach yes maybe, but so is Mickey Lewis. David Kemp went from managing us to being first team coach at premier league stoke city, would you want him as a manager again? Dreadful appointment. But hey ho, he's a nice guy. People criticised Wilder for being tactically clueless, wilder makes this guy look like a tactical genius. We may as well have appointed Graham Rix for a second spell.[/p][/quote]Ridiculous view - 72 applicants oldun
  • Score: 4

8:19am Mon 24 Mar 14

Bumble08 says...

Personally I think it is a very safe appointment, you know what you are going to get with Waddock and he's not going to rock any boats. He does however like to play an attacking style of football which I think will be a pleasant change from what has gone on before. To many draws this season where we have been negative will have cost us if we don't manage to go up.

Summery: Great appointment for us at this time of the season, will hopefully give the boys a big lift, I am sure this decision, given the time it has taken wasn't taken lightly and not without due diligence.

Big win tonight and he'll be a hero amongst his doubters. Lose and i'll no doubt get some abuse!

Let's get behind them and him. Yellows till I die....
Personally I think it is a very safe appointment, you know what you are going to get with Waddock and he's not going to rock any boats. He does however like to play an attacking style of football which I think will be a pleasant change from what has gone on before. To many draws this season where we have been negative will have cost us if we don't manage to go up. Summery: Great appointment for us at this time of the season, will hopefully give the boys a big lift, I am sure this decision, given the time it has taken wasn't taken lightly and not without due diligence. Big win tonight and he'll be a hero amongst his doubters. Lose and i'll no doubt get some abuse! Let's get behind them and him. Yellows till I die.... Bumble08
  • Score: 6

3:22pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Manor Born says...

If we lose tonight, it will not be Waddock's fault - he's only been at the club a few hours. Even I'm not that unreasonable!
If we lose tonight, it will not be Waddock's fault - he's only been at the club a few hours. Even I'm not that unreasonable! Manor Born
  • Score: 1

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