Chris Wilder swaps Oxford United for Northampton Townby Jack Kitson / 27 January 2014, 09:47Tweet
Chris Wilder has resigned from his post at Oxford United amidst reports that he is set to become the Next Northampton Town Manager. According to sources the League Two clubs have agreed a compensation deal for the 46-year-old who is likely to be appointed at Sixfields in the next 24 hours.
Wilder's future at Oxford was thrown into doubt on Friday after Northampton came in with an official approach. However, the U's rejected their advances, only for Wilder to then hand in his resignation on Saturday following a 1-0 victory at home to Torquay, which put the promotion-chasers just two points adrift of a prized top-three spot.
It will therefore come as a surprise to many that Wilder is trading a team that is currently 6th in the table, and two points off automatic promotion, for a side that are rock-bottom of the Football League, with just five wins to their name all season. The former Halifax Town boss will now succeed Aidy Boothroyd in the dugout as he bids to keep them in the fourth-tier.
Wilder’s five year reign at Oxford was undoubtedly a successful one, having recorded 121 wins and 70 draws from his 269 games in charge. The obvious highlight was winning the Conference Premier in 2009/10, while he has since made the club an established League Two side. Martin Allen has been installed as the narrow favourite in the Next Oxford United Manager Market, while the likes of Mickey Lewis, Sean O'Driscoll and Dave Kitson are all in the mix.