Oxford United: Chris Wilder seeks improvement after new deal

Chris Wilder

Oxford United manager Chris Wilder says he is delighted to sign a new one-year contract at the club, but is looking for his team to improve next season.

The U's missed out on the League Two play-offs after another disappointing finish to a campaign.

A section of the club's fans had called for a change of manager, but instead Wilder has been awarded a new deal.

"I'm delighted," Wilder told BBC Radio Oxford. "But we have to learn the lessons of this season going forward."

The 45-year-old has been manager 2008 and led Oxford back into the Football League in 2010.

Earlier this month, Wilder spoke of his hurt after being verbally abused by a section of the club's supporters calling it "unacceptable."

And he conceded that if the team does not do better next season, there may be a change of manager.

However, he believes with the right player recruitment this summer, they can launch a serious challenge for promotion.

"Obviously there has been a tough period for us and there is a lot of work to be done to move it forward," he said,

"We have got a lot of players out of contract and the recruitment has got to be right. We finished short, we did not achieve what we set out to do.

"We have to get it right, if we are in the same position this time next year there will possibly be a chance. We are not a million miles away."

Wilder believes keeping players fit will be a vital in their quest for success next term.

"We need fit, robust side that can last 46 games," he added.

"I think we are a decent side but I think we need to be a touch more clinical, especially at home."

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