Oxford hopeful on Wilder stay

Oxford chairman Ian Lenagan is not concerned about Portsmouth's interest in making Chris Wilder their new manager.

As revealed last week, Portsmouth have targeted Wilder as they look to bring a replacement for Guy Whittingham following his sacking last week.

Wilder has done an impressive job at Oxford leading them to promotion to the Football League and he has currently guided them to the top of League Two.

Reports have suggested Portsmouth have made an official approach to Oxford for Wilder and, although Lenagan has refused to confirm the approach, he is confident of keeping his manager at the Kassam Stadium.

"The fact that one club, who are a failing club, comes in for him," said Lenagan. "That tells you he is a good manager.

"Chris Wilder has showed his commitment to Oxford over five years.

"Am I concerned about Portsmouth? I am not concerned about Portsmouth at all.

"I think anyone would be interested in Chris Wilder. Who wouldn't be interested in a manager who is top of the league?

"This is a man who has been castigated as not being good enough for Oxford United. I think it is delightful that a club wants Chris Wilder.

"I take great delight in that fact. I wouldn't want him to go, he has a contract with us."

Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin admitted they had made approaches to clubs for managers in employment, but would not disclose their identities.

"We believe that's the right way to do our business," noted Catlin.

"It just wouldn't be fair on Chris or Oxford.

"It's not really something us at Portsmouth want to comment on, whatever we do will be by the correct channels."