Oxford United sign Michael Collins

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MIDFIELDER Michael Collins has become Michael Appleton's first signing for Oxford United.

The 28-year-old is a former under 21 Republic of Ireland international and former captain of Scunthorpe United and was part of their promotion-winning side last season.

He began his career at Huddersfield Town, making more than 200 appearances. He has also played at AFC Wimbledon on loan.

He joins the U's on a one-year deal with an option for a further year.

Appleton believes Collins' experience will be vital.

He said: “We have a young squad and a small squad and we know we need a few experienced additions.

"Michael has played 300 league games, most of them at a higher level, and will bring a little bit of know-how and quality to the squad.

"He is a good player and adds something different to what we currently have in midfield.

"He likes to win the ball back, he can dominate the centre of the park and he has attacking attributes as well so I am delighted that he has joined us.

“He has won promotions, he knows the league and at six foot he has a presence about him as well.

"We will continue to work hard to bring players in and hopefully there will be a few other new faces arriving soon as well.”

Collins said: “I was really impressed by what Michael told me about the club and what the new owners want to happen.

"Something looks to be happening at Oxford and I am excited to be part of it.

"I know one or two of the lads from my time at Scunthorpe and they have told me a lot of good things about the set-up and the fans so I can’t wait to get started now.”

Michael will wear squad number 19 and is likely to play against Oxford City tonight.

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1:41pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Sounds like The U's mean business if this signing is an indication of the Quality of players coming in. We have badly lacked a 'Mid-field General' for too long -and Collins seems to fit that role to a tee, plus he's at the right age and has excellent experience. Welcome Michael, and here's to a successful time at Oxford!
Can't wait to hear who's next coming in!! :O)
Sounds like The U's mean business if this signing is an indication of the Quality of players coming in. We have badly lacked a 'Mid-field General' for too long -and Collins seems to fit that role to a tee, plus he's at the right age and has excellent experience. Welcome Michael, and here's to a successful time at Oxford! Can't wait to hear who's next coming in!! :O) Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 58

1:45pm Tue 15 Jul 14

howardl says...

He was loaned out to Wimbledon... fans reckon he's average at best. .
He was loaned out to Wimbledon... fans reckon he's average at best. . howardl
  • Score: -41

1:48pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Beau champ mummy says...

Michael who a average lower league journeyman at best
Michael who a average lower league journeyman at best Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -56

1:49pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Richard Wickson says...

howardl wrote:
He was loaned out to Wimbledon... fans reckon he's average at best. .
There is always someone to have a go no matter what the club does. Give the guy a chance.
[quote][p][bold]howardl[/bold] wrote: He was loaned out to Wimbledon... fans reckon he's average at best. .[/p][/quote]There is always someone to have a go no matter what the club does. Give the guy a chance. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 43

1:51pm Tue 15 Jul 14

dovepe says...

Brenda Jackson wrote:
Sounds like The U's mean business if this signing is an indication of the Quality of players coming in. We have badly lacked a 'Mid-field General' for too long -and Collins seems to fit that role to a tee, plus he's at the right age and has excellent experience. Welcome Michael, and here's to a successful time at Oxford!
Can't wait to hear who's next coming in!! :O)
I agree midfield need a strong tackling player.Good luck MIchael the fans will get right behind you
[quote][p][bold]Brenda Jackson[/bold] wrote: Sounds like The U's mean business if this signing is an indication of the Quality of players coming in. We have badly lacked a 'Mid-field General' for too long -and Collins seems to fit that role to a tee, plus he's at the right age and has excellent experience. Welcome Michael, and here's to a successful time at Oxford! Can't wait to hear who's next coming in!! :O)[/p][/quote]I agree midfield need a strong tackling player.Good luck MIchael the fans will get right behind you dovepe
  • Score: 36

2:01pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Manor Born says...

As long as his injury problems are fully behind him, he could prove to be a good signing.

Here's a novel thought, instead of lambasting a player before he has even put the shirt on, why not give him a chance and see if he is any good - and not just a few games either. I remember when Whing first arrived, people were quick to get on his back and criticize. By the end of the season, he was one of the most popular players in the team.

Welcome to OUFC Michael. Let's hope your time at the club is as successful as we all hope it will be.
As long as his injury problems are fully behind him, he could prove to be a good signing. Here's a novel thought, instead of lambasting a player before he has even put the shirt on, why not give him a chance and see if he is any good - and not just a few games either. I remember when Whing first arrived, people were quick to get on his back and criticize. By the end of the season, he was one of the most popular players in the team. Welcome to OUFC Michael. Let's hope your time at the club is as successful as we all hope it will be. Manor Born
  • Score: 52

2:12pm Tue 15 Jul 14

H.J.Harris says...

Manor Born wrote:
As long as his injury problems are fully behind him, he could prove to be a good signing.

Here's a novel thought, instead of lambasting a player before he has even put the shirt on, why not give him a chance and see if he is any good - and not just a few games either. I remember when Whing first arrived, people were quick to get on his back and criticize. By the end of the season, he was one of the most popular players in the team.

Welcome to OUFC Michael. Let's hope your time at the club is as successful as we all hope it will be.
come on now, lambasting is the best part for many OU "fans .
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: As long as his injury problems are fully behind him, he could prove to be a good signing. Here's a novel thought, instead of lambasting a player before he has even put the shirt on, why not give him a chance and see if he is any good - and not just a few games either. I remember when Whing first arrived, people were quick to get on his back and criticize. By the end of the season, he was one of the most popular players in the team. Welcome to OUFC Michael. Let's hope your time at the club is as successful as we all hope it will be.[/p][/quote]come on now, lambasting is the best part for many OU "fans . H.J.Harris
  • Score: -14

2:44pm Tue 15 Jul 14

BigAlBiker says...

I reckon he could be a good asset, tall and skilfull, lets hope he sorts the middle of the park out.

More please.
I reckon he could be a good asset, tall and skilfull, lets hope he sorts the middle of the park out. More please. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 25

3:44pm Tue 15 Jul 14

kiddyboy says...

defintely needed a new player or two in the middle........to lightweight last season.
defintely needed a new player or two in the middle........to lightweight last season. kiddyboy
  • Score: 11

3:56pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Franco81 says...

Welcome to the club Michael Collins. Happy to have you here
Welcome to the club Michael Collins. Happy to have you here Franco81
  • Score: 15

3:57pm Tue 15 Jul 14

dave from witney says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
howardl wrote:
He was loaned out to Wimbledon... fans reckon he's average at best. .
There is always someone to have a go no matter what the club does. Give the guy a chance.
He is a good signing for us..probably like a six foot Danny Bullman.

Ignore, Beau champ mummy and howardl, they are one and the same...Swindon troll.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]howardl[/bold] wrote: He was loaned out to Wimbledon... fans reckon he's average at best. .[/p][/quote]There is always someone to have a go no matter what the club does. Give the guy a chance.[/p][/quote]He is a good signing for us..probably like a six foot Danny Bullman. Ignore, Beau champ mummy and howardl, they are one and the same...Swindon troll. dave from witney
  • Score: 13

4:16pm Tue 15 Jul 14

onthebench says...

How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.
How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad. onthebench
  • Score: 12

4:24pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Franco81 says...

onthebench wrote:
How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.
Still need strikers desperately, but loving what is going on at the minute. Didn't like Waddock but if he'd still be there it still be going next season.
[quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.[/p][/quote]Still need strikers desperately, but loving what is going on at the minute. Didn't like Waddock but if he'd still be there it still be going next season. Franco81
  • Score: 1

4:31pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Bumble08 says...

Really happy to have signed a bit of quality in the middle of the park, like always people will have there opinion but let's judge the guy after 10-15 games. I like the fact that can now attract a better class of player to the club and look forward to seeing him in a yellow shirt next season. Decent player at Huddersfield and has always been tidy on the ball, definatley has the abilities and qualities we were missing last season.

More of the same please mr Appleton, good signing as far as I am concerened.
Really happy to have signed a bit of quality in the middle of the park, like always people will have there opinion but let's judge the guy after 10-15 games. I like the fact that can now attract a better class of player to the club and look forward to seeing him in a yellow shirt next season. Decent player at Huddersfield and has always been tidy on the ball, definatley has the abilities and qualities we were missing last season. More of the same please mr Appleton, good signing as far as I am concerened. Bumble08
  • Score: 16

4:51pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Brenda Jackson says...

onthebench wrote:
How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.
Not sure about some fans being 'fickle' -I see it as being convinced by major changes at OUFC, and imho the changes were desperately needed.
Still a long way to go but early signs are that the U's are on the up!
Thanks to IL for his work and Investment with the Club- however he tainted his tenure by making some catastrophic blunders, not least by taking an eternity to find 'The right man' - Only to be forced into recruiting GW by the shocking collapse on the pitch, and this desperate move failed costing the U's a play off place at least. Fickle? Or just being realistic?!
[quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.[/p][/quote]Not sure about some fans being 'fickle' -I see it as being convinced by major changes at OUFC, and imho the changes were desperately needed. Still a long way to go but early signs are that the U's are on the up! Thanks to IL for his work and Investment with the Club- however he tainted his tenure by making some catastrophic blunders, not least by taking an eternity to find 'The right man' - Only to be forced into recruiting GW by the shocking collapse on the pitch, and this desperate move failed costing the U's a play off place at least. Fickle? Or just being realistic?! Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 5

5:04pm Tue 15 Jul 14

onthebench says...

Brenda Jackson wrote:
onthebench wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.
Not sure about some fans being 'fickle' -I see it as being convinced by major changes at OUFC, and imho the changes were desperately needed. Still a long way to go but early signs are that the U's are on the up! Thanks to IL for his work and Investment with the Club- however he tainted his tenure by making some catastrophic blunders, not least by taking an eternity to find 'The right man' - Only to be forced into recruiting GW by the shocking collapse on the pitch, and this desperate move failed costing the U's a play off place at least. Fickle? Or just being realistic?!
Fickle.
[quote][p][bold]Brenda Jackson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.[/p][/quote]Not sure about some fans being 'fickle' -I see it as being convinced by major changes at OUFC, and imho the changes were desperately needed. Still a long way to go but early signs are that the U's are on the up! Thanks to IL for his work and Investment with the Club- however he tainted his tenure by making some catastrophic blunders, not least by taking an eternity to find 'The right man' - Only to be forced into recruiting GW by the shocking collapse on the pitch, and this desperate move failed costing the U's a play off place at least. Fickle? Or just being realistic?![/p][/quote]Fickle. onthebench
  • Score: 4

6:14pm Tue 15 Jul 14

howardl says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
howardl wrote:
He was loaned out to Wimbledon... fans reckon he's average at best. .
There is always someone to have a go no matter what the club does. Give the guy a chance.
Oh yes, will certainly do that, just looking at others views of him,
Doesn't mean to say he'll be the same here, hopefully he'll shine.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]howardl[/bold] wrote: He was loaned out to Wimbledon... fans reckon he's average at best. .[/p][/quote]There is always someone to have a go no matter what the club does. Give the guy a chance.[/p][/quote]Oh yes, will certainly do that, just looking at others views of him, Doesn't mean to say he'll be the same here, hopefully he'll shine. howardl
  • Score: -3

6:15pm Tue 15 Jul 14

New Manor rename says...

Good start. Now a striker and 2 decent full backs please
Good start. Now a striker and 2 decent full backs please New Manor rename
  • Score: -4

7:47pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Richard Wickson says...

howardl wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
howardl wrote:
He was loaned out to Wimbledon... fans reckon he's average at best. .
There is always someone to have a go no matter what the club does. Give the guy a chance.
Oh yes, will certainly do that, just looking at others views of him,
Doesn't mean to say he'll be the same here, hopefully he'll shine.
Over the years we have had many good players and many who shouldn't even be called Footballers. This guy has a decent cv and has experience in the position we need him to fill, hopefully he will come here and do a decent job. The club certainly needs a lift and hopefully a few more will follow him in. We have some good youngsters who will need support and mentoring and they are the future of the club but we do need guys with the experience that Collins brings. At least the club seems to be moving in a positive direction.
[quote][p][bold]howardl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]howardl[/bold] wrote: He was loaned out to Wimbledon... fans reckon he's average at best. .[/p][/quote]There is always someone to have a go no matter what the club does. Give the guy a chance.[/p][/quote]Oh yes, will certainly do that, just looking at others views of him, Doesn't mean to say he'll be the same here, hopefully he'll shine.[/p][/quote]Over the years we have had many good players and many who shouldn't even be called Footballers. This guy has a decent cv and has experience in the position we need him to fill, hopefully he will come here and do a decent job. The club certainly needs a lift and hopefully a few more will follow him in. We have some good youngsters who will need support and mentoring and they are the future of the club but we do need guys with the experience that Collins brings. At least the club seems to be moving in a positive direction. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 7

8:30pm Tue 15 Jul 14

hairydean says...

When's grimes being unveiled anyone know?
When's grimes being unveiled anyone know? hairydean
  • Score: -5

9:07pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Moobs says...

onthebench wrote:
How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.
What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand
[quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.[/p][/quote]What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand Moobs
  • Score: -2

10:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

onthebench says...

Moobs wrote:
onthebench wrote:
How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.
What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand
Lenagan is still in joint charge. Also, for your information, the players thought that Waddock was a very good coach. One player told me that he was the best coach he had EVER been trained by. We will never know because he wasn't given a chance. Do we stand a better chance now? Quite possibly, but that is because we are going to increase our debt beyond it's already high level of 8 Mio.£ by bringing in new players. Money talks.
Idiotic comment...........mm
mm - any mirrors in your house?
Just back from City. Collins looked pretty tidy. Quite a few of the younger lads also looked very good. Mullins, Raynes and especially Newey looked very solid. A good run out. Ty Marsh showed how to take a penalty - hard and into the corner.
[quote][p][bold]Moobs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.[/p][/quote]What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand[/p][/quote]Lenagan is still in joint charge. Also, for your information, the players thought that Waddock was a very good coach. One player told me that he was the best coach he had EVER been trained by. We will never know because he wasn't given a chance. Do we stand a better chance now? Quite possibly, but that is because we are going to increase our debt beyond it's already high level of 8 Mio.£ by bringing in new players. Money talks. Idiotic comment...........mm mm - any mirrors in your house? Just back from City. Collins looked pretty tidy. Quite a few of the younger lads also looked very good. Mullins, Raynes and especially Newey looked very solid. A good run out. Ty Marsh showed how to take a penalty - hard and into the corner. onthebench
  • Score: 7

8:53am Wed 16 Jul 14

Brenda Jackson says...

onthebench wrote:
Moobs wrote:
onthebench wrote:
How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.
What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand
Lenagan is still in joint charge. Also, for your information, the players thought that Waddock was a very good coach. One player told me that he was the best coach he had EVER been trained by. We will never know because he wasn't given a chance. Do we stand a better chance now? Quite possibly, but that is because we are going to increase our debt beyond it's already high level of 8 Mio.£ by bringing in new players. Money talks.
Idiotic comment...........mm

mm - any mirrors in your house?
Just back from City. Collins looked pretty tidy. Quite a few of the younger lads also looked very good. Mullins, Raynes and especially Newey looked very solid. A good run out. Ty Marsh showed how to take a penalty - hard and into the corner.
Lenagan's >Not< 'In joint charge' He has a specific role, to oversee the purchase and development of either kassam's pile or a new Stadium elsewhere.
That's very different to being in joint charge, and thankfully, otherwise we would probably have just the one signing in prospect- and GW as coach. Players praising their coach is not always a good indication of their effectiveness in that role.
Let's give the new Chairman, Board, Manager and playerS a chance to show their worth, Eh?
[quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moobs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.[/p][/quote]What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand[/p][/quote]Lenagan is still in joint charge. Also, for your information, the players thought that Waddock was a very good coach. One player told me that he was the best coach he had EVER been trained by. We will never know because he wasn't given a chance. Do we stand a better chance now? Quite possibly, but that is because we are going to increase our debt beyond it's already high level of 8 Mio.£ by bringing in new players. Money talks. Idiotic comment...........mm mm - any mirrors in your house? Just back from City. Collins looked pretty tidy. Quite a few of the younger lads also looked very good. Mullins, Raynes and especially Newey looked very solid. A good run out. Ty Marsh showed how to take a penalty - hard and into the corner.[/p][/quote]Lenagan's >Not< 'In joint charge' He has a specific role, to oversee the purchase and development of either kassam's pile or a new Stadium elsewhere. That's very different to being in joint charge, and thankfully, otherwise we would probably have just the one signing in prospect- and GW as coach. Players praising their coach is not always a good indication of their effectiveness in that role. Let's give the new Chairman, Board, Manager and playerS a chance to show their worth, Eh? Brenda Jackson
  • Score: -3

10:02am Wed 16 Jul 14

onthebench says...

Brenda Jackson wrote:
onthebench wrote:
Moobs wrote:
onthebench wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.
What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand
Lenagan is still in joint charge. Also, for your information, the players thought that Waddock was a very good coach. One player told me that he was the best coach he had EVER been trained by. We will never know because he wasn't given a chance. Do we stand a better chance now? Quite possibly, but that is because we are going to increase our debt beyond it's already high level of 8 Mio.£ by bringing in new players. Money talks. Idiotic comment...........mm mm - any mirrors in your house? Just back from City. Collins looked pretty tidy. Quite a few of the younger lads also looked very good. Mullins, Raynes and especially Newey looked very solid. A good run out. Ty Marsh showed how to take a penalty - hard and into the corner.
Lenagan's &gt;Not&lt; 'In joint charge' He has a specific role, to oversee the purchase and development of either kassam's pile or a new Stadium elsewhere. That's very different to being in joint charge, and thankfully, otherwise we would probably have just the one signing in prospect- and GW as coach. Players praising their coach is not always a good indication of their effectiveness in that role. Let's give the new Chairman, Board, Manager and playerS a chance to show their worth, Eh?
Lenagan has EXACTLY the same shares as the new Chairman, that means he IS in joint charge no matter what you might wish. He has equal say, voting rights and at the moment, a far higher financial commitment to the club. You are correct in saying that he has a specific role, but that does not diminish his influence or control of the club one bit.
[quote][p][bold]Brenda Jackson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moobs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.[/p][/quote]What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand[/p][/quote]Lenagan is still in joint charge. Also, for your information, the players thought that Waddock was a very good coach. One player told me that he was the best coach he had EVER been trained by. We will never know because he wasn't given a chance. Do we stand a better chance now? Quite possibly, but that is because we are going to increase our debt beyond it's already high level of 8 Mio.£ by bringing in new players. Money talks. Idiotic comment...........mm mm - any mirrors in your house? Just back from City. Collins looked pretty tidy. Quite a few of the younger lads also looked very good. Mullins, Raynes and especially Newey looked very solid. A good run out. Ty Marsh showed how to take a penalty - hard and into the corner.[/p][/quote]Lenagan's >Not< 'In joint charge' He has a specific role, to oversee the purchase and development of either kassam's pile or a new Stadium elsewhere. That's very different to being in joint charge, and thankfully, otherwise we would probably have just the one signing in prospect- and GW as coach. Players praising their coach is not always a good indication of their effectiveness in that role. Let's give the new Chairman, Board, Manager and playerS a chance to show their worth, Eh?[/p][/quote]Lenagan has EXACTLY the same shares as the new Chairman, that means he IS in joint charge no matter what you might wish. He has equal say, voting rights and at the moment, a far higher financial commitment to the club. You are correct in saying that he has a specific role, but that does not diminish his influence or control of the club one bit. onthebench
  • Score: 4

10:52am Wed 16 Jul 14

Moobs says...

onthebench wrote:
Brenda Jackson wrote:
onthebench wrote:
Moobs wrote:
onthebench wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.
What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand
Lenagan is still in joint charge. Also, for your information, the players thought that Waddock was a very good coach. One player told me that he was the best coach he had EVER been trained by. We will never know because he wasn't given a chance. Do we stand a better chance now? Quite possibly, but that is because we are going to increase our debt beyond it's already high level of 8 Mio.£ by bringing in new players. Money talks. Idiotic comment...........mm mm - any mirrors in your house? Just back from City. Collins looked pretty tidy. Quite a few of the younger lads also looked very good. Mullins, Raynes and especially Newey looked very solid. A good run out. Ty Marsh showed how to take a penalty - hard and into the corner.
Lenagan's &gt;Not&lt; 'In joint charge' He has a specific role, to oversee the purchase and development of either kassam's pile or a new Stadium elsewhere. That's very different to being in joint charge, and thankfully, otherwise we would probably have just the one signing in prospect- and GW as coach. Players praising their coach is not always a good indication of their effectiveness in that role. Let's give the new Chairman, Board, Manager and playerS a chance to show their worth, Eh?
Lenagan has EXACTLY the same shares as the new Chairman, that means he IS in joint charge no matter what you might wish. He has equal say, voting rights and at the moment, a far higher financial commitment to the club. You are correct in saying that he has a specific role, but that does not diminish his influence or control of the club one bit.
I know you're trying to save face but you are totally wrong. Lenegan is overseeing the new stadium project and has no input in the team affairs. As for the Waddock comment if he was such a good coach he would have won more than 3 points from a possible 24. most of the games under his 'coaching' we barely managed 1 shot on goal. Forgive me for not being as spellbound by this amazing coaching but football is a results business, Waddock was out of his depth but if you're gullible enough to be taken in by such claptrap that's your lookout.
[quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brenda Jackson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moobs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.[/p][/quote]What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand[/p][/quote]Lenagan is still in joint charge. Also, for your information, the players thought that Waddock was a very good coach. One player told me that he was the best coach he had EVER been trained by. We will never know because he wasn't given a chance. Do we stand a better chance now? Quite possibly, but that is because we are going to increase our debt beyond it's already high level of 8 Mio.£ by bringing in new players. Money talks. Idiotic comment...........mm mm - any mirrors in your house? Just back from City. Collins looked pretty tidy. Quite a few of the younger lads also looked very good. Mullins, Raynes and especially Newey looked very solid. A good run out. Ty Marsh showed how to take a penalty - hard and into the corner.[/p][/quote]Lenagan's >Not< 'In joint charge' He has a specific role, to oversee the purchase and development of either kassam's pile or a new Stadium elsewhere. That's very different to being in joint charge, and thankfully, otherwise we would probably have just the one signing in prospect- and GW as coach. Players praising their coach is not always a good indication of their effectiveness in that role. Let's give the new Chairman, Board, Manager and playerS a chance to show their worth, Eh?[/p][/quote]Lenagan has EXACTLY the same shares as the new Chairman, that means he IS in joint charge no matter what you might wish. He has equal say, voting rights and at the moment, a far higher financial commitment to the club. You are correct in saying that he has a specific role, but that does not diminish his influence or control of the club one bit.[/p][/quote]I know you're trying to save face but you are totally wrong. Lenegan is overseeing the new stadium project and has no input in the team affairs. As for the Waddock comment if he was such a good coach he would have won more than 3 points from a possible 24. most of the games under his 'coaching' we barely managed 1 shot on goal. Forgive me for not being as spellbound by this amazing coaching but football is a results business, Waddock was out of his depth but if you're gullible enough to be taken in by such claptrap that's your lookout. Moobs
  • Score: 1

11:20am Wed 16 Jul 14

Manor Born says...

onthebench wrote:
Brenda Jackson wrote:
onthebench wrote:
Moobs wrote:
onthebench wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.
What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand
Lenagan is still in joint charge. Also, for your information, the players thought that Waddock was a very good coach. One player told me that he was the best coach he had EVER been trained by. We will never know because he wasn't given a chance. Do we stand a better chance now? Quite possibly, but that is because we are going to increase our debt beyond it's already high level of 8 Mio.£ by bringing in new players. Money talks. Idiotic comment...........mm mm - any mirrors in your house? Just back from City. Collins looked pretty tidy. Quite a few of the younger lads also looked very good. Mullins, Raynes and especially Newey looked very solid. A good run out. Ty Marsh showed how to take a penalty - hard and into the corner.
Lenagan's &gt;Not&lt; 'In joint charge' He has a specific role, to oversee the purchase and development of either kassam's pile or a new Stadium elsewhere. That's very different to being in joint charge, and thankfully, otherwise we would probably have just the one signing in prospect- and GW as coach. Players praising their coach is not always a good indication of their effectiveness in that role. Let's give the new Chairman, Board, Manager and playerS a chance to show their worth, Eh?
Lenagan has EXACTLY the same shares as the new Chairman, that means he IS in joint charge no matter what you might wish. He has equal say, voting rights and at the moment, a far higher financial commitment to the club. You are correct in saying that he has a specific role, but that does not diminish his influence or control of the club one bit.
We don't know if Lenagan has "EXACTLY the same shares as the new chairman". All we know is that both parties have somewhere between 30 and 50 per cent of shares. Given that WPL previously owned 91% of the total shares, it could be that Eales has 50% and Lenagan has 41%.

The fact that Darryl Eales has come in as chairman, with his own CEO and now two new members of the board from his ENSCO 1070 ltd group (O' Leary & Waterhouse) would suggest that Eales has the more shares in the club.
[quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brenda Jackson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moobs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onthebench[/bold] wrote: How fickle some fans are! Without mentioning names, there are posts on here from people delighted by the signing who only very recently (before the new co-owner came in) were saying they were virtually finished with OUFC. Welcome back to all you part-time supporters. Lets all look forward to the new season with optimism. If we can't do that before even one ball is kicked we are in a right sorry state. I'll be at City tonight hoping for a slightly better result than last season even though I know pre-season results count for absolutey nothing. Looking forward also to seeing who the new number 9 will be (the shirt has not yet been allocated) because goals look like they could be hard to come by looking at the current squad.[/p][/quote]What an idiotic comment. There was no hope before when we were led by donkeys Lenegan and Waddock. Now we have leaders with ambition and the future looks better, not difficult to understand[/p][/quote]Lenagan is still in joint charge. Also, for your information, the players thought that Waddock was a very good coach. One player told me that he was the best coach he had EVER been trained by. We will never know because he wasn't given a chance. Do we stand a better chance now? Quite possibly, but that is because we are going to increase our debt beyond it's already high level of 8 Mio.£ by bringing in new players. Money talks. Idiotic comment...........mm mm - any mirrors in your house? Just back from City. Collins looked pretty tidy. Quite a few of the younger lads also looked very good. Mullins, Raynes and especially Newey looked very solid. A good run out. Ty Marsh showed how to take a penalty - hard and into the corner.[/p][/quote]Lenagan's >Not< 'In joint charge' He has a specific role, to oversee the purchase and development of either kassam's pile or a new Stadium elsewhere. That's very different to being in joint charge, and thankfully, otherwise we would probably have just the one signing in prospect- and GW as coach. Players praising their coach is not always a good indication of their effectiveness in that role. Let's give the new Chairman, Board, Manager and playerS a chance to show their worth, Eh?[/p][/quote]Lenagan has EXACTLY the same shares as the new Chairman, that means he IS in joint charge no matter what you might wish. He has equal say, voting rights and at the moment, a far higher financial commitment to the club. You are correct in saying that he has a specific role, but that does not diminish his influence or control of the club one bit.[/p][/quote]We don't know if Lenagan has "EXACTLY the same shares as the new chairman". All we know is that both parties have somewhere between 30 and 50 per cent of shares. Given that WPL previously owned 91% of the total shares, it could be that Eales has 50% and Lenagan has 41%. The fact that Darryl Eales has come in as chairman, with his own CEO and now two new members of the board from his ENSCO 1070 ltd group (O' Leary & Waterhouse) would suggest that Eales has the more shares in the club. Manor Born
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Brenda Jackson says...

''Mr Lenagan said: “It is a big day for Oxford United and these are very exciting times. With more funds now available, in terms of both development and with the new management, it doubles the resources that we have got in order to progress.”

He refused to reveal the exact shareholding that he and Mr Eales now hold, except for saying both were ‘more than 30 but less than 50 per cent’.
When asked to clarify whether these figures were equal, Mr Lenagan replied: “I don’t think it matters. Why on earth does everybody think they have the right to know private business?

“There are two shareholders who have shares between 30 per cent and less than 50. The intricacies of how that operates in a contract is private.”

Mr Eales, a Birmingham City fan, is relishing the opportunity of getting into football, and says although Mr Lenagan will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations, he will still have a big role to play.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted Ian is staying involved so I can just pick his brains because he will have a huge amount of knowledge I won’t have, as has Mark.”

Mr Ashton, a former chief executive of Watford and Wycombe Wanderers, was introduced to Mr Eales last year through a mutual acquaintance.

The former West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper believes after briefly looking into other clubs, United fits the bill.

“There’s a ton of football clubs that purport to be up for sale and purport to be very well run,” said Mr Ashton, who is moving to a property in Woodstock.

“I spoke to Ian probably about a year ago and the one thing he and the Lenagan family have done here, in my opinion, is build solid foundations.

“Whether that’s on the football side or the community, or the academy. It fitted perfectly with our model and interpretation of how everything should operate.

“We’re all so excited about the opportunity here at Oxford.”

While Mr Eales and Mr Ashton will be tasked with driving the club forward on the field, Mr Lenagan’s role with the club is now one of trying to secure the ownership of a ground.

He hopes that will be at the Kassam Stadium, but is prepared to look at other options, with a new site at Water Eaton one potential alternative''

Seems pretty clear to me
''Mr Lenagan’s role with the club is now one of trying to secure the ownership of a ground''
''Mr Lenagan will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations, he will still have a big role to play.''
''Mr Lenagan said: “It is a big day for Oxford United and these are very exciting times. With more funds now available, in terms of both development and with the new management, it doubles the resources that we have got in order to progress.” He refused to reveal the exact shareholding that he and Mr Eales now hold, except for saying both were ‘more than 30 but less than 50 per cent’. When asked to clarify whether these figures were equal, Mr Lenagan replied: “I don’t think it matters. Why on earth does everybody think they have the right to know private business? “There are two shareholders who have shares between 30 per cent and less than 50. The intricacies of how that operates in a contract is private.” Mr Eales, a Birmingham City fan, is relishing the opportunity of getting into football, and says although Mr Lenagan will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations, he will still have a big role to play. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted Ian is staying involved so I can just pick his brains because he will have a huge amount of knowledge I won’t have, as has Mark.” Mr Ashton, a former chief executive of Watford and Wycombe Wanderers, was introduced to Mr Eales last year through a mutual acquaintance. The former West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper believes after briefly looking into other clubs, United fits the bill. “There’s a ton of football clubs that purport to be up for sale and purport to be very well run,” said Mr Ashton, who is moving to a property in Woodstock. “I spoke to Ian probably about a year ago and the one thing he and the Lenagan family have done here, in my opinion, is build solid foundations. “Whether that’s on the football side or the community, or the academy. It fitted perfectly with our model and interpretation of how everything should operate. “We’re all so excited about the opportunity here at Oxford.” While Mr Eales and Mr Ashton will be tasked with driving the club forward on the field, Mr Lenagan’s role with the club is now one of trying to secure the ownership of a ground. He hopes that will be at the Kassam Stadium, but is prepared to look at other options, with a new site at Water Eaton one potential alternative'' Seems pretty clear to me ''Mr Lenagan’s role with the club is now one of trying to secure the ownership of a ground'' ''Mr Lenagan will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations, he will still have a big role to play.'' Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 1

3:21pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Manor Born says...

In all probability, its likely that neither party have a majority of the shares. Darryl Eales is likely to be the major shareholder with 49% of the club shares, leaving Ian Lenagan with 42% and the remaining 9% being the small number of supporters fortunate enough to have 1 or 2 shares each.

It will all come out in the wash eventually as these things have to be declared to Companies House and to all shareholders.
In all probability, its likely that neither party have a majority of the shares. Darryl Eales is likely to be the major shareholder with 49% of the club shares, leaving Ian Lenagan with 42% and the remaining 9% being the small number of supporters fortunate enough to have 1 or 2 shares each. It will all come out in the wash eventually as these things have to be declared to Companies House and to all shareholders. Manor Born
  • Score: 2

10:47pm Wed 16 Jul 14

35 year fan says...

Manor Born wrote:
In all probability, its likely that neither party have a majority of the shares. Darryl Eales is likely to be the major shareholder with 49% of the club shares, leaving Ian Lenagan with 42% and the remaining 9% being the small number of supporters fortunate enough to have 1 or 2 shares each.

It will all come out in the wash eventually as these things have to be declared to Companies House and to all shareholders.
ive got 25 shares. maybe I hold the balance of power :o. kind of doubt they would deadlock the company though.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: In all probability, its likely that neither party have a majority of the shares. Darryl Eales is likely to be the major shareholder with 49% of the club shares, leaving Ian Lenagan with 42% and the remaining 9% being the small number of supporters fortunate enough to have 1 or 2 shares each. It will all come out in the wash eventually as these things have to be declared to Companies House and to all shareholders.[/p][/quote]ive got 25 shares. maybe I hold the balance of power :o. kind of doubt they would deadlock the company though. 35 year fan
  • Score: -1

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