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Chris Wilder denies resigning from Oxford United

26 January 2014

Chris Wilder's agent has denied that the manager has resigned from his post at Oxford United.

Chairman Ian Lenagan revealed in the wake of their 1-0 win over Torquay on Saturday that Wilder, who has been linked with the vacant managerial position at League Two rivals Northampton, had told him of his intention to step down.

Lenagan said: "My understanding is that Chris has told the players he has resigned.

"And he told me yesterday (Friday) that he would be resigning at the end of this match."

However, there has been no official confirmation from the club and Wilder's agent Iain Wood insists he is still in position at the Kassam Stadium.

"Following on from various comments in the media we can confirm that Chris Wilder has not resigned as manager of Oxford United Football Club either verbally or in writing and therefore continues in his role," Wood said in a statement released to Sky Sports.

"There have been numerous discussions over the past few days in regards to Chris' position and a link to Northampton Town Football Club.

"However, as confirmed by the Oxford United Chairman in the local media following the game on Saturday, Oxford United have been fully part of these discussions.

"Chris feels strongly he has acted with integrity in this situation, as he has throughout his five years at Oxford United.

"Further comment will only be made as and when appropriate."

Wilder, who took Oxford out of the Conference and back into the Football League three years ago, is the third longest-serving manager in the country and has guided the U's to sixth in League Two.

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