List of Oxford United F.C. managers

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Michael Appleton has been Oxford United manager since July 2014.

The following is a list of Oxford United Football Club managers from 1949, when the club turned professional, to the present day. During this time the club has had 23 full-time managers, of whom three (Jim Smith, Denis Smith and Darren Patterson) have had more than one spell in the post, and nine periods of caretaker-management. The first manager appointed was Harry Thompson in July 1949.[1] Thompson was in charge for nine years, during which he led the team to the Southern League title in 1953, as well as the Southern League Cup in 1953 and 1954. He was dismissed in November 1958 and replaced by Arthur Turner. Turner, the longest-serving manager in the club's history with more than a decade in charge, led United to back-to-back Southern League titles, of which the second, in 1962, resulted in their election to the Football League.[2] Promotion followed from the Fourth Division in 1965, and the club were crowned Third Division champions three years later.[1] Turner left the club nine months after this success. Over the next 13 years, five managers took charge: Ron Saunders, Gerry Summers, Mick Brown, Bill Asprey and Ian Greaves. During Brown's four-year run, United were relegated back to the Third Division after eight years in the Second.[3]

Jim Smith started his first spell as manager in 1981, and led Oxford into the top tier of English football after consecutive promotions as champions in 1984 and 1985. However, he moved to Queens Park Rangers before the 1985–86 season, so never managed Oxford in the First Division.[4] New manager, former chief scout Maurice Evans, had immediate success winning the 1986 League Cup, beating his predecessor's new club in the final.[5] For the next 24 years, the only manager to guide the club to promotion or silverware was Denis Smith, who won promotion from the Second Division in 1996. Ramón Díaz, the club's first non-British manager, took charge for five months between December 2004 and May 2005. Jim Smith returned as manager in 2006, the year that Oxford United were relegated to the Football Conference after 44 years in the Football League. Having missed out on promotion in the 2006–07 season, Smith resigned and manager Darren Patterson was hired on 9 November 2007.[6] Patterson was sacked over a year later and was replaced by Chris Wilder,[7] who won promotion back to the Football League by winning the 2010 Conference play-off final.[8] On 26 January 2014 it was confirmed that Wilder had resigned; he was announced as the new manager of Northampton Town the following day.[9] He was replaced by Gary Waddock,[10] who lasted four months, before himself being replaced by Michael Appleton.[11]

Managers

Manager dates and statistics are sourced from Howland, Complete Record up to and including Lawrenson,[12] and from Soccerbase thereafter.[13] Results in competitions not recorded by Soccerbase are sourced from The English Football Archive.[14] Only professional, competitive matches are counted. Statistics are complete up to and including 2 February 2016.

Key

P: Matches played W: Matches won D: Matches drawn L: Matches lost

Table of managers, including nationality, tenure, record and honours
Name Nationality From To P W D L Win % Honours Ref
Thompson, HarryHarry Thompson English 1 July 1949 6 November 1958 466 210 87 169 45.1 Southern League champions: 1952–53
Southern League runners-up: 1953–54
Southern League Cup winners: 1952–53, 1953–54
[1][15]
Committee of board members 6 November 1958 1 January 1959 11 6 0 5 54.5 [16]
Turner, ArthurArthur Turner English 1 January 1959 28 February 1969 504 218 119 167 43.3 Southern League runners-up: 1959–60
Southern League champions: 1960–61, 1961–62
Fourth Division promotion: 1964–65
Third Division champions: 1967–68
[1][17]
Saunders, RonRon Saunders English 1 March 1969 30 June 1969 12 6 3 3 50.0 [18]
Summers, GerryGerry Summers English 1 July 1969 1 October 1975 293 93 89 111 31.7 [19]
Brown, MickMick Brown English 1 October 1975 22 July 1979 187 53 61 73 28.3 [20]
Asprey, BillBill Asprey English 22 July 1979 26 December 1980 82 23 20 39 28.0 [21]
Greaves, IanIan Greaves English 26 December 1980 30 January 1982 50 23 16 11 46.0 [22]
Barry, RoyRoy Barry (caretaker) Scottish 3 February 1982 28 February 1982 6 2 3 1 33.3 [23][24]
Smith, JimJim Smith English 1 March 1982 11 June 1985 167 89 42 36 53.3 Third Division champions: 1983–84
Second Division champions: 1984–85
[25][26]
Evans, MauriceMaurice Evans English 11 June 1985 26 March 1988 140 41 41 58 29.3 League Cup winners: 1986 [5][27]
Lawrenson, MarkMark Lawrenson Irish 26 March 1988 25 October 1988 23 4 8 11 17.4 [28]
Horton, BrianBrian Horton English 25 October 1988 27 August 1993 251 79 65 107 31.5 [29][30][31]
Evans, MauriceMaurice Evans (caretaker) English 27 August 1993 10 September 1993 3 0 0 3 00.0 [32][33]
Smith, DenisDenis Smith English 10 September 1993 24 December 1997 247 99 60 88 40.1 Second Division runners-up: 1995–96 [34][35]
Crosby, MalcolmMalcolm Crosby (caretaker) English 24 December 1997 24 January 1998 5 0 1 4 00.0 [36][37]
Shotton, MalcolmMalcolm Shotton English 24 January 1998 25 October 1999 88 26 22 40 29.5 [38]
Lewis, MickeyMickey Lewis (caretaker) English 25 October 1999 2 February 2000 22 6 8 8 27.3 [39][40]
Smith, DenisDenis Smith English 3 February 2000 2 October 2000 30 8 3 19 26.7 [41]
Ford, MikeMike Ford (caretaker) English 3 October 2000 31 October 2000 6 0 1 5 00.0 [42]
Kemp, DavidDavid Kemp English 31 October 2000 30 April 2001 31 7 3 21 22.6 [43]
Ford, MikeMike Ford (caretaker) English 1 May 2001 8 May 2001 1 0 0 1 00.0 [42]
Wright, MarkMark Wright English 8 May 2001 22 November 2001 22 4 7 11 18.2 [44]
Atkins, IanIan Atkins English 23 November 2001 21 March 2004 122 47 35 40 38.5 [45]
Rix, GrahamGraham Rix English 22 March 2004 14 November 2004 29 6 8 15 20.7 [46]
Patterson, DarrenDarren Patterson (caretaker) Northern Irish 14 November 2004 9 December 2004 3 1 0 2 33.3 [47]
Díaz, RamónRamón Díaz Argentine 9 December 2004 4 May 2005 25 10 7 8 40.0 [48]
Talbot, BrianBrian Talbot English 6 May 2005 14 March 2006 44 10 16 18 22.7 [49]
Patterson, DarrenDarren Patterson Northern Irish 14 March 2006 22 March 2006 3 1 2 0 33.3 [47]
Smith, JimJim Smith English 22 March 2006 9 November 2007 82 34 26 22 41.5 [25]
Patterson, DarrenDarren Patterson Northern Irish 9 November 2007 30 November 2008 59 24 11 24 40.7 [47]
Smith, JimJim Smith (caretaker) English 30 November 2008 21 December 2008 4 2 2 0 50.0 [25]
Wilder, ChrisChris Wilder English 21 December 2008 26 January 2014 269 121 70 78 45.0 Conference Premier play-off winners: 2009–10 [50]
Lewis, MickeyMickey Lewis (caretaker) English 26 January 2014 22 March 2014 12 3 5 4 25.0 [51]
Waddock, GaryGary Waddock Irish 22 March 2014 4 July 2014 8 1 0 7 12.5 [52]
Appleton, MichaelMichael Appleton English 4 July 2014 Present 91 39 28 24 42.9 League Two runners-up: 2015–16, Football League Trophy runners-up: 2015–16 [53]

References

General

  • Howland, Andy and Roger (1989). Oxford United: A Complete Record (1893–1989). Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 0-907969-52-6. 
  • Brodetsky, Martin (2009). Oxford United: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-715-3. 
  • "Manager history". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  • "Archive contents". The English Football Archive. Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. 

Specific

  1. ^ a b c d Andy Howland. "Past Managers". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Football League 1961–62". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 28 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "Football League 1975–76". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 1 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "A potted history of QPR (1882–2008)". Queens Park Rangers F.C. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Andy Howland. "Famous Matches – QPR 1986". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Smith steps down as Oxford boss". BBC Sport. 9 November 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "Wilder is new Oxford United boss". BBC Sport. 21 December 2008. Retrieved 21 December 2008. 
  8. ^ Marshall, Steve (16 May 2010). "Oxford United 3–1 York City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Oxford United accept manager Chris Wilder's resignation". BBC Sport. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Gary Waddock named Oxford United head coach". BBC Sport. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Oxford United: Michael Appleton named head coach in shake-up". BBC Sport. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Howland, Andy and Roger (1989). Oxford United: A Complete Record (1893–1989). Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 0-907969-52-6. 
  13. ^ "Manager history". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Archive contents". The English Football Archive. Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2008. 
  15. ^ "A Complete Record", pp. 276–294.
  16. ^ "A Complete Record", p. 294.
  17. ^ "A Complete Record", pp. 294–314.
  18. ^ "A Complete Record", p. 314.
  19. ^ "A Complete Record", pp. 316–328.
  20. ^ "A Complete Record", pp. 328–335.
  21. ^ "A Complete Record", pp. 336–338.
  22. ^ "A Complete Record", pp. 338–340.
  23. ^ "Brief Look Back – Last 20 Years". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  24. ^ "A Complete Record", p.101.
  25. ^ a b c "Jim Smith managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  26. ^ "A Complete Record", pp. 340–349.
  27. ^ "A Complete Record", pp. 350–354.
  28. ^ "A Complete Record", pp. 354–356.
  29. ^ "Brian Horton". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  30. ^ "Full Members Cup". English Football Archive. Archived from the original on 19 December 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  31. ^ "The Anglo-Italian Cup Results 1993". English Football Archive. Archived from the original on 20 November 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2008. 
  32. ^ "Maurice Evans managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  33. ^ "The Anglo-Italian Cup Results 1994". English Football Archive. Archived from the original on 20 November 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2008. 
  34. ^ "Denis Smith". League Managers Association. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  35. ^ "Oxford United 1993–1994: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
    "Oxford United 1994–1995: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
    "Oxford United 1995–1996: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
    "Oxford United 1996–1997: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
    "Oxford United 1997–1998: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  36. ^ "Crosby: I should have stayed". Oxford Mail. 2000-02-19. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  37. ^ "1997/1998 Results". Soccerbase. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  38. ^ "Malcolm Shotton managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  39. ^ David Crabtree, Heather Jan Brunt and Chris Williams (15 June 2007). "A history of Oxford United Football Club". Oxford United F.C. Retrieved 1 May 2008. 
  40. ^ "1999/2000 results". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  41. ^ "Managers: Denis Smith". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  42. ^ a b "Mike Ford managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  43. ^ "David Kemp managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  44. ^ "Mark Wright managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  45. ^ "Ian Atkins managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  46. ^ "Graham Rix managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  47. ^ a b c "Darren Patterson managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  48. ^ "Ramon Diaz managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  49. ^ "Brian Talbot managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  50. ^ "Managers: Chris Wilder". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  51. ^ "Managers: Mickey Lewis". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  52. ^ "Managers: Gary Waddock". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  53. ^ "Managers: Michael Appleton". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
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