Chris Wilder has resigned as manager of Oxford United, paving the way for his imminent switch to Northampton Town.
The former Halifax boss, who had been at the helm since December 2008, led his side to a 1-0 win over Torquay at the Kassam on Saturday afternoon before Oxford chairman Ian Lenagan broke the news.
The resignation arrives after Lenagan rejected an approach from the Cobblers yesterday to speak with Wilder about the vacant manager’s position.
Lenagan said: “My understanding is Chris Wilder has in the last half an hour told the players that he is going and will not be back at Oxford after today.
“That is all I’ve heard. I’m not sure, I’ve just looked in his office and he’s not there, but it would appear that he has resigned.
“It seems a very peculiar way to do it, but he has told the players.
“He told me yesterday and the day before that he would resign at the end of the match.
“He obviously feels very strongly that with five and a bit months to go on his contract he wants the security of somewhere else and the fact that he probably believes he would get offered the Northampton job has triggered this sequence of events.”
Wilder, who took Oxford out of the Conference and back into the Football League three years ago, was the third longest-serving manager in the country and left with United sixth in Sky Bet League Two.