Chris Wilder: Oxford game has extra meaning for Cobblers boss

Chris Wilder
Chris Wilder previously managed Alferton Town, Halifax Town, and Oxford United

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has admitted there is extra meaning to his side's match against Oxford United having managed the U's for six years.

Wilder resigned as Oxford manager in January 2014 to take immediate charge of the Cobblers.

"Of course there is a bit of an extra meaning, it is my first time back," he told BBC Radio Northampton.

"I have great memories from my time then. I look back at my time with a lot of pride."

Having won promotion from the Conference in 2009-10 during his first full season in charge, Wilder helped solidify Oxford United as a League Two side.

However, the 47-year-old accepted that his time at the club did not end the way he wanted it to, after there were conflicting reports over the timing of his resignation with U's chairman Ian Lenagan.

"For the majority of the time it was a fantastic time for me and the club from the position it was to the position it was left in," he said.

"When you are at a football club for that amount of time you are going to have some periods where it is not going to go well but I think I am most disappointed with the way it went at the end."

Marc Richards
Marc Richards has made 32 appearances for Northampton since joining on a free in May 2014

Wilder also admitted that injured striker Marc Richards was hopeful of returning from his Achilles injury that has seen him sidelined since 3 March.

Since the 32-year-old was ruled out, Northampton have won just two of their eight matches played, losing five and drawing one, which has left them eight points outside the play-offs.

"He has had a outstanding season and of course we would love to get him back because he has been an obvious miss for us over the last four or five matches," Wilder said.

"He sat on the bench against AFC Wimbledon, not in a playing way but we want players like that around because he is a winner."