Michael Duberry: 'I'd hoped for a better start'
Oxford United boss Michael Duberry has told Sky Sports that he is disappointed with the start he and his new team have made to the 2014-2015 season.
The U's recorded just one win last month, narrowly edging past Dagenham and Redbridge with a 1-0 scoreline, and lost three games in all competitions. Although it is early days in Duberry's career as a manager, he was clearly disappointed in the results during the interview.
Paul Simpson, former Oxford hero and current assistant manager to Steve McClaren at Championship side Derby County, has already begun to question Duberry's ability as a manager.
"Michael has been a bit unlucky I think in some of the games he's played. But you can't afford to be unlucky in football. Michael's team didn't really show any of the passion he talked about in pre-season in their run of games last month, and to me, an avid follower of the club, that's disappointing."
But Duberry has hit back at Simpson's claims that he and his team lack passion.
"I think it's a silly statement to make to be honest with you. This is my first job in management and I'm trying my utmost to bring a positive style of play to the team. Inevitably, it's going to take a while for the team to adjust to the way I want to play, but we do need to start getting results sooner rather than later. I don't think Paul has helped the situation at all really. What are we, five games into the season? It's early days and I thoroughly believe that we can change our fortunes.
I had hoped for a better start, but it hasn't happened and we've got some work to do. I've got full faith in my abilities and the ability of the team we have here and the fans needn't listen to Paul. There's nothing to worry about here, I assure you."