Could Karl Robinson switch Charlton for Oxford?
- 8th March 2018
The Next Oxford Manager Market has been the gift that keeps on giving ever since it opened up a distant 46 days ago.
A whole host of eclectic characters with varying levels of experience have been propelled in, and then out, of contention since Pep Clotet was surprisingly given the boot in January.
But while the Spaniard has gone on to bag another job in football - as an assistant to Garry Monk at Birmingham City - Oxford have endured a frenzied and frustrating search for his replacement, which in truth looks like it will never end.
Earlier this week Patrick Kluivert became the latest in a long list of managers to be hotly linked with the post. The Sun reported that the new market leader was in talks with the Yellows, only for the former England boss Steve McClaren to then abruptly recapture his place at the top of the betting.
But, in another twist, Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson was suddenly cut from 16/1 to 10/1, then 6/1, then 4/1 to trade The Valley for the Kassam Stadium, before taking his place at the top of the pile (11/10) on Wednesday night.
This unforeseen move from an outsider to the frontrunner certainly took everyone by surprise, especially given the respective standings of each club in the League One table.
Robinson’s Charlton are currently up in 7th spot pushing for a place in the play-offs. The Addicks are just two points off the top-6, but crucially have a couple of games in hand on 6th-place Plymouth, and three on Scunthorpe in 5th.
While Charlton are knocking on the door of the play-offs, managerless Oxford are a further nine places down the grid in 16th, a surely insurmountable 11 points adrift of the play-offs, with their primary focus switched to simply staying in League One.
With this in mind it would surely be ludicrous for Robinson to suddenly trade jobs at this pivotal stage of the champaign. The 37-year-old previously had a taste of life as a Championship manager with MK Dons, and he’ll no doubt be eager to test himself in the second-tier once again, with current club Charlton representing his best chance of a return.