Crosby set to leave role at Oxford United

Herald Series: Malcolm Crosby Malcolm Crosby

Malcolm Crosby is to leave his role at Oxford United at the end of his contract.

The former U’s assistant manager, who helped guide the club to promotion alongside Denis Smith in 1996, returned to the club last May as head of recruitment/youth development.

Crosby, who worked in a scouting capacity, said that Oxford would always be a club he holds much affection for.

“I have really enjoyed my time back at the club,” he said. “It is a club that will always be close to my heart.

“I will be looking at both scouting and coaching opportunities going forward and look forward to coming back to Oxford.

“I wish the club nothing but the best for the future.”

Chairman Kelvin Thomas added: “We thank Malcolm for his hard work.

“He has a wealth of experience in the game and we know that he will be pursuing other options.

“He will always be welcome at Oxford United.”

Crosby enjoyed a brief stint as caretaker manager of United at the Manor Ground at the end of 1997, having in 1991 taken Sunderland to the FA Cup final, also as a caretaker manager.

He enjoyed spells as assistant manager at York, Middlesbrough and Northampton, among others.

* UNITED’S League Two fixture at home to Morecambe has been brought forward from Easter Saturday to Good Friday, March 29 (3pm).

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12:27pm Wed 20 Jun 12

YellowinMelbourne says...

Not the most information packed article in terms of what is happening from a scouting perspective when he leaves, and why exactly he is leaving? When does his contract end and will his duties be absorbed between the current coaching staff, or will we be seeking a new scout? His comment about coming back to Oxford is an interesting one; this may be in a scouting capacity with another club to try and grab one of our players!
Not the most information packed article in terms of what is happening from a scouting perspective when he leaves, and why exactly he is leaving? When does his contract end and will his duties be absorbed between the current coaching staff, or will we be seeking a new scout? His comment about coming back to Oxford is an interesting one; this may be in a scouting capacity with another club to try and grab one of our players! YellowinMelbourne
  • Score: 3

3:55pm Wed 20 Jun 12

CamView says...

He has kept the lowest profile of anyone connected with the club - ever. What did he actually do? Which player did he bring into the club in his role as a scout? What did he get paid for all this wonderful stuff we know little or nothing about. Is it me or was he an invisible man - I live a long way away from Oxford but I do attend home and a few away games but in this last employment I have not seen him at the Kassam. Perhaps he was a 'home worker'. One of life's mysteries!
He has kept the lowest profile of anyone connected with the club - ever. What did he actually do? Which player did he bring into the club in his role as a scout? What did he get paid for all this wonderful stuff we know little or nothing about. Is it me or was he an invisible man - I live a long way away from Oxford but I do attend home and a few away games but in this last employment I have not seen him at the Kassam. Perhaps he was a 'home worker'. One of life's mysteries! CamView
  • Score: -3

4:08pm Wed 20 Jun 12

yellowhoods says...

A great man behind the scenes, one of lifes true gentlemen.
A great man behind the scenes, one of lifes true gentlemen. yellowhoods
  • Score: 5

8:54pm Wed 20 Jun 12

dorset.hit.squad says...

good riddence...now only wilder, coneman,melville,mr thomas and lenigan to go.......lets actually get a new owner, manager and staff that care for the club and are oxford united thru an thru
good riddence...now only wilder, coneman,melville,mr thomas and lenigan to go.......lets actually get a new owner, manager and staff that care for the club and are oxford united thru an thru dorset.hit.squad
  • Score: -7

9:51pm Wed 20 Jun 12

stephen burrows says...

I do not know why Malcom Crosby is leaving. There is hardly a more important role at OUFC than that of chief scout. It is essential for OUFC's scouting and youth development to be tip-top. It this is not recognised and acted upon, we OUFC fans really are wasting our time. The future Josh McEachrans and Obitas will be lost to our club.
I do not know why Malcom Crosby is leaving. There is hardly a more important role at OUFC than that of chief scout. It is essential for OUFC's scouting and youth development to be tip-top. It this is not recognised and acted upon, we OUFC fans really are wasting our time. The future Josh McEachrans and Obitas will be lost to our club. stephen burrows
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Wed 20 Jun 12

yellowhoods says...

dorset.hit.squad wrote:
good riddence...now only wilder, coneman,melville,mr thomas and lenigan to go.......lets actually get a new owner, manager and staff that care for the club and are oxford united thru an thru
You really are deluded, you make selling a football club sound like putting a coffee table on ebay.If only life was as simple as you.
[quote][p][bold]dorset.hit.squad[/bold] wrote: good riddence...now only wilder, coneman,melville,mr thomas and lenigan to go.......lets actually get a new owner, manager and staff that care for the club and are oxford united thru an thru[/p][/quote]You really are deluded, you make selling a football club sound like putting a coffee table on ebay.If only life was as simple as you. yellowhoods
  • Score: 3

3:52pm Thu 21 Jun 12

WindsorYellow says...

Looks like another cost saving excersice, by oufc. Due to the loss we made last year. So that's 5 players released. 1 left for pastures new and 1 rejected contract. And now 1 chief scout gone or going. Come on lenagan,Thomas, etc. Please please give us something to get excited about!!!!!! If not I can see a mid table or below finish.
Looks like another cost saving excersice, by oufc. Due to the loss we made last year. So that's 5 players released. 1 left for pastures new and 1 rejected contract. And now 1 chief scout gone or going. Come on lenagan,Thomas, etc. Please please give us something to get excited about!!!!!! If not I can see a mid table or below finish. WindsorYellow
  • Score: 0

3:54pm Thu 21 Jun 12

BigAlBiker says...

Seems Shaw and Rendell have signed with Luton on free transfers, will we ever get a team next year?
Seems Shaw and Rendell have signed with Luton on free transfers, will we ever get a team next year? BigAlBiker
  • Score: -1

3:54pm Thu 21 Jun 12

BigAlBiker says...

Seems Shaw and Rendell have signed with Luton on free transfers, will we ever get a team next year?
Seems Shaw and Rendell have signed with Luton on free transfers, will we ever get a team next year? BigAlBiker
  • Score: -1

5:12pm Thu 21 Jun 12

mandate says...

Oxford United were the second best supported team in League 2 last season, and failing to get promoted was a bitter pill to swallow. Obviously,we didn't have a team that was good enough to get us into League 1. So, the club has to start bringing in new and capable faces.

Unfortunately, Oxford United seem to be getting rid of players and staff without replacing them. This hardly seems to be a step in the right direction.

If the owner, chairman and manager are pinning their (promotion) hopes on the return of Alfie Potter and the signing of a striker from Port Vale, they will be very disappointed. We have to start signing some decent players and recriting ambitious coaching staff now.

It is a disgrace that the loyal fans at Oxford United are paying good money to watch a team, that can't even better the achievements of
much smaller clubs like Stevenage and Crewe. Where is the pride and passion amongst the people who run our club?

It would be interesting to read what owner Mr Lenegan is planning to improve the club's future. Does the Oxford Mail have a reporter who cpuld contact this elusive man for an interview? Many fans, i'm sure want to know just how ambitious Mr Lenegan is about our (and his) club.
Oxford United were the second best supported team in League 2 last season, and failing to get promoted was a bitter pill to swallow. Obviously,we didn't have a team that was good enough to get us into League 1. So, the club has to start bringing in new and capable faces. Unfortunately, Oxford United seem to be getting rid of players and staff without replacing them. This hardly seems to be a step in the right direction. If the owner, chairman and manager are pinning their (promotion) hopes on the return of Alfie Potter and the signing of a striker from Port Vale, they will be very disappointed. We have to start signing some decent players and recriting ambitious coaching staff now. It is a disgrace that the loyal fans at Oxford United are paying good money to watch a team, that can't even better the achievements of much smaller clubs like Stevenage and Crewe. Where is the pride and passion amongst the people who run our club? It would be interesting to read what owner Mr Lenegan is planning to improve the club's future. Does the Oxford Mail have a reporter who cpuld contact this elusive man for an interview? Many fans, i'm sure want to know just how ambitious Mr Lenegan is about our (and his) club. mandate
  • Score: 5

5:47pm Thu 21 Jun 12

northampton yellow says...

mandate wrote:
Oxford United were the second best supported team in League 2 last season, and failing to get promoted was a bitter pill to swallow. Obviously,we didn't have a team that was good enough to get us into League 1. So, the club has to start bringing in new and capable faces.

Unfortunately, Oxford United seem to be getting rid of players and staff without replacing them. This hardly seems to be a step in the right direction.

If the owner, chairman and manager are pinning their (promotion) hopes on the return of Alfie Potter and the signing of a striker from Port Vale, they will be very disappointed. We have to start signing some decent players and recriting ambitious coaching staff now.

It is a disgrace that the loyal fans at Oxford United are paying good money to watch a team, that can't even better the achievements of
much smaller clubs like Stevenage and Crewe. Where is the pride and passion amongst the people who run our club?

It would be interesting to read what owner Mr Lenegan is planning to improve the club's future. Does the Oxford Mail have a reporter who cpuld contact this elusive man for an interview? Many fans, i'm sure want to know just how ambitious Mr Lenegan is about our (and his) club.
i agree at the min i cannot see what direction we as a club are going in as it stands it is backwards and not forwards nothing coming out of the club everything what is ,its how can we get more money out of our supporters eg, new shirts ,season tickets supposed to be good vaule for money when nobody is coming in and now the prices have been reveled for the season with a price hike not only advance tickets but match day aswell will our supporters have enough of all this i think so we should say enough is enough mr lenegan show your support for the club like us the supporters.
[quote][p][bold]mandate[/bold] wrote: Oxford United were the second best supported team in League 2 last season, and failing to get promoted was a bitter pill to swallow. Obviously,we didn't have a team that was good enough to get us into League 1. So, the club has to start bringing in new and capable faces. Unfortunately, Oxford United seem to be getting rid of players and staff without replacing them. This hardly seems to be a step in the right direction. If the owner, chairman and manager are pinning their (promotion) hopes on the return of Alfie Potter and the signing of a striker from Port Vale, they will be very disappointed. We have to start signing some decent players and recriting ambitious coaching staff now. It is a disgrace that the loyal fans at Oxford United are paying good money to watch a team, that can't even better the achievements of much smaller clubs like Stevenage and Crewe. Where is the pride and passion amongst the people who run our club? It would be interesting to read what owner Mr Lenegan is planning to improve the club's future. Does the Oxford Mail have a reporter who cpuld contact this elusive man for an interview? Many fans, i'm sure want to know just how ambitious Mr Lenegan is about our (and his) club.[/p][/quote]i agree at the min i cannot see what direction we as a club are going in as it stands it is backwards and not forwards nothing coming out of the club everything what is ,its how can we get more money out of our supporters eg, new shirts ,season tickets supposed to be good vaule for money when nobody is coming in and now the prices have been reveled for the season with a price hike not only advance tickets but match day aswell will our supporters have enough of all this i think so we should say enough is enough mr lenegan show your support for the club like us the supporters. northampton yellow
  • Score: 3

6:12pm Thu 21 Jun 12

oldun says...

Third best supported actually - don't forget the silly season ticket policy of Bradford City .

Of course we need a really good chief scout.

Perhaps, despite his likely gentlemanly pleasant demeanour, Mr Crosby's performance was not good enough and IL is looking for someone who does much much better in spotting good players than Malcolm did
Third best supported actually - don't forget the silly season ticket policy of Bradford City . Of course we need a really good chief scout. Perhaps, despite his likely gentlemanly pleasant demeanour, Mr Crosby's performance was not good enough and IL is looking for someone who does much much better in spotting good players than Malcolm did oldun
  • Score: -1

6:12pm Thu 21 Jun 12

oldun says...

Third best supported actually - don't forget the silly season ticket policy of Bradford City .

Of course we need a really good chief scout.

Perhaps, despite his likely gentlemanly pleasant demeanour, Mr Crosby's performance was not good enough and IL is looking for someone who does much much better in spotting good players than Malcolm did
Third best supported actually - don't forget the silly season ticket policy of Bradford City . Of course we need a really good chief scout. Perhaps, despite his likely gentlemanly pleasant demeanour, Mr Crosby's performance was not good enough and IL is looking for someone who does much much better in spotting good players than Malcolm did oldun
  • Score: 0

6:16pm Thu 21 Jun 12

WindsorYellow says...

northampton yellow wrote:
mandate wrote:
Oxford United were the second best supported team in League 2 last season, and failing to get promoted was a bitter pill to swallow. Obviously,we didn't have a team that was good enough to get us into League 1. So, the club has to start bringing in new and capable faces.

Unfortunately, Oxford United seem to be getting rid of players and staff without replacing them. This hardly seems to be a step in the right direction.

If the owner, chairman and manager are pinning their (promotion) hopes on the return of Alfie Potter and the signing of a striker from Port Vale, they will be very disappointed. We have to start signing some decent players and recriting ambitious coaching staff now.

It is a disgrace that the loyal fans at Oxford United are paying good money to watch a team, that can't even better the achievements of
much smaller clubs like Stevenage and Crewe. Where is the pride and passion amongst the people who run our club?

It would be interesting to read what owner Mr Lenegan is planning to improve the club's future. Does the Oxford Mail have a reporter who cpuld contact this elusive man for an interview? Many fans, i'm sure want to know just how ambitious Mr Lenegan is about our (and his) club.
i agree at the min i cannot see what direction we as a club are going in as it stands it is backwards and not forwards nothing coming out of the club everything what is ,its how can we get more money out of our supporters eg, new shirts ,season tickets supposed to be good vaule for money when nobody is coming in and now the prices have been reveled for the season with a price hike not only advance tickets but match day aswell will our supporters have enough of all this i think so we should say enough is enough mr lenegan show your support for the club like us the supporters.
Could this price hike come at the wrong time. They give us nothing in return. I hope I'm wrong but reduced attendances. Higher price's to watch. Same player's as last season. And by judging how poorly we played at times. It doesn't bode well
[quote][p][bold]northampton yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mandate[/bold] wrote: Oxford United were the second best supported team in League 2 last season, and failing to get promoted was a bitter pill to swallow. Obviously,we didn't have a team that was good enough to get us into League 1. So, the club has to start bringing in new and capable faces. Unfortunately, Oxford United seem to be getting rid of players and staff without replacing them. This hardly seems to be a step in the right direction. If the owner, chairman and manager are pinning their (promotion) hopes on the return of Alfie Potter and the signing of a striker from Port Vale, they will be very disappointed. We have to start signing some decent players and recriting ambitious coaching staff now. It is a disgrace that the loyal fans at Oxford United are paying good money to watch a team, that can't even better the achievements of much smaller clubs like Stevenage and Crewe. Where is the pride and passion amongst the people who run our club? It would be interesting to read what owner Mr Lenegan is planning to improve the club's future. Does the Oxford Mail have a reporter who cpuld contact this elusive man for an interview? Many fans, i'm sure want to know just how ambitious Mr Lenegan is about our (and his) club.[/p][/quote]i agree at the min i cannot see what direction we as a club are going in as it stands it is backwards and not forwards nothing coming out of the club everything what is ,its how can we get more money out of our supporters eg, new shirts ,season tickets supposed to be good vaule for money when nobody is coming in and now the prices have been reveled for the season with a price hike not only advance tickets but match day aswell will our supporters have enough of all this i think so we should say enough is enough mr lenegan show your support for the club like us the supporters.[/p][/quote]Could this price hike come at the wrong time. They give us nothing in return. I hope I'm wrong but reduced attendances. Higher price's to watch. Same player's as last season. And by judging how poorly we played at times. It doesn't bode well WindsorYellow
  • Score: 0

8:02pm Thu 21 Jun 12

dorset.hit.squad says...

deluded? bridal want to buy but lenigan wont sell for some reason.....he must be banking on rugby being played at the kassam.....thats the sport where is heart is...he couldnt give a **** about oufc or footy in general
deluded? bridal want to buy but lenigan wont sell for some reason.....he must be banking on rugby being played at the kassam.....thats the sport where is heart is...he couldnt give a **** about oufc or footy in general dorset.hit.squad
  • Score: 0

8:29pm Thu 21 Jun 12

the wizard says...

In peace I wrote here some time ago that your owner, chairman and manager had probably taken the club as far as they could. No joke having Kassam bleed the club dry at every opportunity on top of all that.

You need to get either a ground share going, but Rugby will churn up the surface especially when the wet weather sets in, or, move out and go somewhere else, although the prospects of that are limited.

Your neighbours down the A420 have just signed six decent players over the last week, shows ambition, desire and passion. You guys need to get on your owners back, to start showing some of the same, or you will undoubtedly start slipping down the table again, something you don't want I would suspect.
In peace I wrote here some time ago that your owner, chairman and manager had probably taken the club as far as they could. No joke having Kassam bleed the club dry at every opportunity on top of all that. You need to get either a ground share going, but Rugby will churn up the surface especially when the wet weather sets in, or, move out and go somewhere else, although the prospects of that are limited. Your neighbours down the A420 have just signed six decent players over the last week, shows ambition, desire and passion. You guys need to get on your owners back, to start showing some of the same, or you will undoubtedly start slipping down the table again, something you don't want I would suspect. the wizard
  • Score: 4

11:25pm Thu 21 Jun 12

stephen burrows says...

Too many of the above comments are just a whinge. The real point around Malcom Crosby's departure is to do with the youth policy. OUFC must be up there with the best. We must scout the top local boys. This means an excellent chief scout.
Too many of the above comments are just a whinge. The real point around Malcom Crosby's departure is to do with the youth policy. OUFC must be up there with the best. We must scout the top local boys. This means an excellent chief scout. stephen burrows
  • Score: 0

9:16am Fri 22 Jun 12

mandate says...

stephen burrows wrote:
Too many of the above comments are just a whinge. The real point around Malcom Crosby's departure is to do with the youth policy. OUFC must be up there with the best. We must scout the top local boys. This means an excellent chief scout.
Just a whinge? Where do you want Oxford United to be at the end of next season?

What's the point of a decent youth policy at the club? How many youth players last season actually got to play first team football? How many successful youth team players have Oxford United produced in the last 10 years?

What Oxford United need is to start to organise the club better. We need to make sure that the players we have are on top of their game. We need commitment from people who want to be successful. The playing staff are the responsibility of Chris Wilder, but he needs financial back up from Thomas and Lenegan.

You don't need to spend a fortune on coaching staff. A lot of quality retired pro's would jump at the opportunity to coach for a resonable fee. Surely there must be an old established pro out there who could teach Beano and co. how to score consistently score.
[quote][p][bold]stephen burrows[/bold] wrote: Too many of the above comments are just a whinge. The real point around Malcom Crosby's departure is to do with the youth policy. OUFC must be up there with the best. We must scout the top local boys. This means an excellent chief scout.[/p][/quote]Just a whinge? Where do you want Oxford United to be at the end of next season? What's the point of a decent youth policy at the club? How many youth players last season actually got to play first team football? How many successful youth team players have Oxford United produced in the last 10 years? What Oxford United need is to start to organise the club better. We need to make sure that the players we have are on top of their game. We need commitment from people who want to be successful. The playing staff are the responsibility of Chris Wilder, but he needs financial back up from Thomas and Lenegan. You don't need to spend a fortune on coaching staff. A lot of quality retired pro's would jump at the opportunity to coach for a resonable fee. Surely there must be an old established pro out there who could teach Beano and co. how to score consistently score. mandate
  • Score: -1

3:33pm Fri 22 Jun 12

stephen burrows says...

I agree that there has been a failure in the youth policy over the last few years. Besides, even a player like Aaron Woodley emerged, only to be discarded. The 'products' have to be very good, or the exercise is futile.
I agree that there has been a failure in the youth policy over the last few years. Besides, even a player like Aaron Woodley emerged, only to be discarded. The 'products' have to be very good, or the exercise is futile. stephen burrows
  • Score: 0

11:20pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Malkym says...

Crosby gone, what about Stills, Nash & Young?
Crosby gone, what about Stills, Nash & Young? Malkym
  • Score: 0

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