Oxford United manager Chris Wilder says he is delighted to sign a new one-year contract at the club, but is looking for his team to improve next season, reports BBC
The U’s missed out on the League Two play-offs after another disappointing campaign overall for Wilder’s side.
Looking back to last August, Oxford were one of the favourites for promotion but a lack of consistency in results means they will be playing in League Two next season.
A section of the clubs fans had called for a change of manager, but instead the clubs Chairman Ian Lenagan, has decided to give Wilder another chance at lifting the club from the Football League’s basement division.
“I’m delighted”, Wilder told BBC Radio Oxford. “But we have to learn the lessons of this season going forward.”
The former full back who enjoyed a sixteen-year playing career, has now been in management since 2001, but the U’s have been his only Football League club.
The 45-year old has been manager at Oxford since 2008 and led them back into the Football League in 2010.
But since the clubs return they have so far struggled to make an impact on the top seven places in the division, and fan unrest was plain to see after a few ‘Wilder Out’ banners started to appear at the Kassam.
Earlier this month, Wilder spoke of his hurt after being verbally abused by a section of the clubs supporters calling it “unacceptable”.
And he conceded that if the team does not improve significantly next season, they’re maybe a change of manager.
However, he believes with the right player recruitment over the summer, they can launch a serious bid for promotion.
“We have got a lot of players out of contract and the recruitment has got to be right. We finished short, we did not achieve what we set out to do.”
“We have to get it right, if we are in the same position this time next year there will possibly be a chance. We are not a million miles away.”
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