Oxford United have begun their search for a new manager after Chris Wilder this morning took up the top job at fellow League Two side Northampton Town.
The Cobblers sit at the bottom of League Two, 23 points behind sixth place Oxford. Wilder, whose last game in charge was Saturday's one nil win over Torquay, has managed the U's since 2008 - winning promotion back to the Football League two years later. He says this move was a difficult decision.
Chairman Ian Lenagan has released this statement about the resignation of Oxford United Manager Chris Wilder:
First and foremost we thank Chris for five years of service at Oxford United. He has worked very hard and helped move the club from the Conference to becoming an established League 2 side. We are grateful for his efforts on behalf of Oxford but disappointed that he chose not to continue to the end of this season’s journey.
The formalities were completed to allow him to move on. The other club involved have acted professionally throughout the process and the two clubs have agreed a compensation deal that is satisfactory to Oxford United.
We now move into a new era for Oxford United. The club has already started a thorough, professional search and interview process for the next permanent Manager.”