- 12 Dec 2017
KARL Robinson says Oxford United will not get a better chance to win promotion than this season if they fail to build properly.
I would love KR to stay and finish a job that he has started, but this article seems to show he is holding the board to ransom. On the one hand he has been massive in the progress the club has made, but to date he has won nothing on the pitch.
The whole of that article should be in the first person, me, we, us, but far too much sounded as it was written by someone who is saying show us your cards or I am off. His stock is building and if we had gone up, I really think his name would have appeared in the reckoning for both the Bristol and Birmingham jobs. Gary Bowyer got Charlton promoted from league one, with a Charlton side who have hardly set the championship alight, yet that the difference between him and KR, he has made that step of promotion. In the lists of potential managers listed for both jobs there are quite a few good shouts for the jobs, that would be ahead of KR if any Championship jobs came up, even our old friend MAPP.
Its the following lines from the article, that are the final shots over the bow as far as KR is concerned, and need to be addressed by a board, who were at odds with him during the January transfer window:
“For me and where I go they are decisions I still can’t make now, but you have to plan for the future, always.....
"I owed Oxford for two reasons - giving me the opportunity to come home to my family every night and for sticking with me in the bad times last season."
"I want to be in the Championship, but equally I want to be at home as much as I can." "That's as basic as the answer gets."
They need to show not only KR, but the fans in clear English, what they are prepare to do for next season. Forget the cloak and dagger nonsense, about season tickets back on sale, and the fans being brilliant. Tell the fans what exactly are you prepared to do for next season. There has been too much waffle and not enough clarity. If the board genuinely want this club to progress then we need KR to be backed properly, because if he goes, we will get more flannel as a combination of Mous, Faz and Allen run the show. Faz and Allen were a disaster last time. Mous is learning his trade and there is no-one more than me that wants to see him be successful in coaching, but experience will be needed to manage a potentially dangerous situation where, as we saw with Shrewsbury, things can go dramatically down hill.