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.”
Oxford are second, four points behind Chesterfield, after they recorded a 3-1 away win at struggling Hartlepool, with goals from on-loan Fulham teenager Ryan Williams, Dean Smalley and an injury-time penalty from Asa Hall.
Luke James scored for the home side, who had Steve Howard sent off late on for a professional foul on Scott Davies that gave Oxford their spot-kick. For full coverage of all today's fixtures visit the ITV Sport website here
Jed Wallace opened the scoring in the 20th minute, David Connolly made it two six minutes later and, after Andy Wright had been sent off, Patrick Agyemang wrapped up a 3-0 victory six minutes before the break.
Southend have made their best start to a season in 23 years and share top billing with Oxford.
The Shrimpers defeated Northampton 2-0 at Roots Hall today thanks to Anthony Straker (38) and Freddy Eastwood (62).
Oxford lead the table on goal difference after a 3-1 victory over Torquay.Striker James Constable was instrumental in Chris Wilder's side claiming their third league win in a row, scoring a superb 62nd-minute goal and laying on the third for fellow substitute Asa Hall (78).
Portsmouth suffered a sorry start to life in SkyBet League Two as they crashed to a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Oxford. Pompey are considered one of the favourites for promotion and things looked promising for Guy Whittingham's relegated side.
They took a 25th-minute lead through Patrick Agyemang in front of a league-record 18,000 strong crowd at Fratton Park.
However, Oxford had not read the script and they turned things round to go into the break 2-1 up with goals from Deane Smalley and Alfie Potter.
Things got worse for Portsmouth just before the hour-mark when they lost Johnny Ertl to a red card and Oxford made the most of their numerical advantage to add salt to their opponents' wounds with further goals from Potter and Smalley.
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