Nothing to celebrate yet - Wilder

21 December 2009 01:14
Chris Wilder has described his first year as Oxford United manager as "fantastic" but says he has nothing to celebrate yet.Wilder told BBC Oxford: "We have had a great year and we need to carry it on. When we win something, when we get promoted, then I might celebrate. [LNB]"This could be the biggest year that Oxford have had for a long time and we need the backing of everybody." [LNB]Oxford have won 33 of their 46 Blue Square Premier games under Wilder. [LNB]The side currently lie top of the Blue Square Premier by five points with a game in hand, and Wilder says he is determined to build on that record. [LNB]"Momentum is a great thing and we have that. The support has been immense and the fans maybe don't realise how much their backing helps the players." [LNB]The Oxford boss is already planning to raid the transfer market when the window opens at the end of next week and he confirmed that Kettering's Francis Green - who is currently on loan at the Kassam - will be staying at United. [LNB]"That will get turned into a permanent deal in January and he will stay until the end of the season," Wilder said. [LNB]"We have talked about adding a couple more. We have quality now - no disrespect to the players who were here when I arrived - but we are still looking for a couple of players in January to give us a push." [LNB]The former Halifax Town manager added that he is not planning to take things easy ahead of Christmas matches against Rushden and Salisbury.[LNB] Fingers crossed, we'll be in the Football League which has been our aim from the first minute I came to the football club Oxford Utd manager Chris Wilder "We are training on Christmas morning," he said. "We have set a standard. There will be highs and lows, even the top sides don't win every game, but my staff are all focussed. The club is set up to go forward." [LNB]Wilder also said he had no plans to move on from the Kassam. Asked about where he expects to be in another 12 months, he said: "It's about what happens at the football club and where we are in a year's time. [LNB]"We'll, fingers crossed, be in the Football League - which has been our aim from the first minute I came to the football club. Where I am going to be is irrelevant, where this football club has to be is in the Football League." [LNB]Wilder also thanked the fans for the welcome extended to his family, who will be spending their first Christmas in Oxfordshire. [LNB]"Wherever I go in Oxfordshire, it's amazing the amount of people who come up to me with their best wishes. I am from Sheffield and it's a passionate place - and down here they are as passionate, if not more so, regarding their football." [LNB]"My family came down, and the way they have been accepted into the community has been great. [LNB]"Football is with me all the time and it's good that I have an understanding wife and family. I am proud of my family and love them to bits but they know the job comes first at the moment."

Source: BBC_Sport