Alan Stubbs thrust into contention for Oxford United vacancy

by Jack Kitson / 14 February 2018, 11:26

Oxford United’s lengthy search for a new manager has taken a fresh turn after Alan Stubbs was catapulted to the top of the betting.

Oxford have been linked with a multitude of managers since Pep Clotet was shown his marching orders last month, ranging from former professionals eager for their first foray into management, a former U’s boss, and gaffers who have not been spotted in the dugout since 2014.

Stubbs is the latest manager to be propelled into the mix in the Next Oxford United Manager Market after bookmakers cut the former Everton defender from a 25/1 outsider to the 6/4 frontrunner.

According to Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) Oxford have already interviewed Stubbs, and it’s fair to say that reaction to this has not been particularly positive on social media (scroll down for tweets).

The 46-year-old has been out-of-work since a disappointingly brief 14 match spell in charge of Rotherham came to an end in October 2016, during which he lost 10 registered only the one win. Forgettable to say the least.

However, prior to his mundane stint with the Millers, Stubbs became the first Hibernian manager in 114 years - since Dan McMichael in 1901/02) - to lift the Scottish Cup following a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Rangers (2015/16).

Hibbs recently slammed the Gers boss he beat that day, Mark Warburton, over the latter's pursuit of Scott Allan:

"They (Rangers) came back in and then again which I thought was disrespectful but I rang him (Warburton) a second time and there wasn’t ever going to be a third time because for me he had stepped over that manager respectfulness."

Meanwhile, Oxford slipped down to 13th in the table on Tuesday following a 3-1 defeat at in-form Rotherham - the club’s fourth defeat in five league games. The Yellows are next in action at home to Plymouth on Saturday...but the question is will they have a new manager in place by then…?

Probably not.

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