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Oxford United boss determined to succeed
CHRIS Wilder understands there are some Oxford United supporters who want a change of management.
But after a “constructive” chat with chairman Ian Lenagan, he is more determined than ever to succeed.
The U’s have plummeted down the npower League Two table following four successive defeats – matching the worst run since Wilder took charge in 2008.
A small section of supporters called for his resignation during the 4-0 defeat at Burton last weekend – a rarity during his tenure.
Wilder, who met Lenagan after the midweek 2-1 defeat at Cheltenham, is aware of his critics, but thinks they are in the minority.
“I’ve got a good relationship with the supporters,” he said. “There are always people who want change.
“I was speaking to the chairman and under the previous owner’s reign, managers were getting sacked left, right and centre.
“I think if you ask any football club stability is key, but I understand the industry as well.
“I had a constructive chat with the chairman on Wednesday morning, like we always do in the week.
“He’s been in sport long enough –I don’t have to spin anything round because he sees where it’s at. There are small dividing lines (between winning and losing) at the moment and we have to turn it around.”
The losing streak has hit United’s confidence and they will need all the support they can get tomorrow when Bradford City visit the Kassam Stadium .
Wilder felt supporters acknowledged the improvement in performance at Cheltenham and emphasised the vital role they play.
He said: “From what I saw and heard at Cheltenham, they were getting right behind the players.
“That’s all I’ve ever asked for – anything else aimed at me at half-time and full-time then fair enough, but let’s make sure the players have the opportunity to produce their best performance.
“I go back to the Swindon game (a 1-0 win earlier this month) and you cannot under-estimate what that push does to the players.”
Wilder was the subject of intense speculation linking him to the Coventry City job earlier this month following United’s excellent start to the season.
The Sky Blues appointed Mark Robins earlier this week, but the United boss feels his commitment to the club cannot be doubted.
He said: “I was running down the touchline against Swindon (to celebrate the winning goal), so I don’t need to prove my loyalty or passion for the football club.
“You’ll always get people who are critical of what you’re doing, but the most important people are the ones I work for.
“If they believe what I’m doing is the right thing that’s good enough for me.”