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6 candidates for the Oxford United job

Thursday 15th February 2018

Oxford United remain in the hunt for a new boss after sacking Pep Clotet last month. Following a tough start to the season, the U's sit 13th in League One, nine points off the play-off places. Nevertheless, the club is an attractive proposition for managers. Some decent players ply their trade at the Kassam Stadium. 

Several big names have been linked with taking charge at Oxford. Here are six candidates.

Alan Stubbs

Stubbs is jobless since leaving Rotherham United last October. He was sacked after failing to ensure the Millers were competitive in the Championship. The former Everton defender impressed while managing in Scotland, however. He helped make history in 2016, guiding Hibernian to the Scottish Cup trophy for the first time in 114 years.   

Despite his difficulties at Rotherham, Stubbs deserves another chance in England. Oxford could be his next destination.

Derek Fazackerley

Fazackerley is currently Oxford's caretaker boss, a role he's enjoyed since Clotet's departure. The experienced coach has previously worked at Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town among others. However, his CV doesn't include a full-time managing position. 

Having joined Oxford in July 2014 under Michael Appleton, he knows the club's inner workings. It could stand him in good stead to get the job permanently.

Craig Bellamy

Bellamy's 18-year playing career came to an end in 2014. He enjoyed spells at Norwich City, Coventry, Newcastle United, Celtic, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, West Ham, Manchester City and Cardiff. Since retiring, the 38-year-old has impressed as a television pundit. It's left many to believe he can earn a living in management.  

After missing out on his dream job at Wales to Ryan Giggs, Bellamy is eager to succeed as a manager. Although he has no previous experience, Oxford should consider giving him a chance. 

Michael Beale

In a shock move, Beale left Liverpool in 2016 to join Brazilian side Sao Paulo. He quit his role as assistant manager after only seven months, though, and returned to Merseyside last September. Having helped develop some top Liverpool youngsters, the former under-23 boss is an integral part of the club's academy.   

If Beale has aspirations as a number one, he could be tempted to leave Liverpool once again. Oxford would present an exciting opportunity to develop his managerial skills. 

Sol Campbell

Campbell had an outstanding playing career, representing both Tottenham and Arsenal while earning 73 caps for the Three Lions. Although he has never managed, Oxford seem keen to appoint a big name. Among the contenders for the job, Campbell's holds the most weight in the footballing world.    

The former England international would certainly sort out Oxford's defence. Earning his stripes at a League One club could act as a stepping stone in Campbell's managerial career.  

David Unsworth

Having previously worked at Preston North End and Sheffield United, Unsworth joined Everton's coaching staff in 2013. The under-23 boss was placed in temporary charge at Goodison Park earlier this season, but he was soon knocked off his perch by Sam Allardyce.

Now back in his former role at Everton, Unsworth's link to Oxford has raised concerns. He, like others on this list, is an unproven first-team manager.  

Harry Mail

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