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Getting To Know: Oxford United

24 March 2014

Gary Waddock will take charge of the U's for the first time at Roots Hall tonight

Oxford United appointed Gary Waddock as their new Head Coach on Saturday.

Oxford had been searching for a permanent replacement to Chris Wilder who left after five years in January. Mickey Lewis had been in temporary charge, and guided them to a win against Hartlepool United on Friday night.

Waddock, who joined on a two-and-a-half year deal from MK Dons, where he was Head of Coaching, will take charge for the first time against Blues this evening, live on Sky.

Former Republic of Ireland international Waddock, who played in the top flight for QPR in the 1980s before briefly serving as manager at Loftus Road, has since managed Aldershot to promotion from the Conference to League 2, and Wycombe Wanderers to promotion from League 2 to League 1.

Waddock said: “I am grateful to Oxford United for having given me this great opportunity, and cannot wait to get started. The club is in a good position, and the immediate priority is to turn that position into promotion at the end of the season. 

“In the medium term, the Board’s vision is to build on the solid platform that has been put together to take Oxford back up the leagues, where a club of this size belongs. I believe that I can be a part of achieving that ambition, and because I fully buy into the Board’s philosophy of how a football club should be run.” 

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