Frank Lampard a contender to replace sacked Pep Clotet at Watfordby Jack Kitson / 22 January 2018, 09:21Tweet
Oxford United have become the second League One club in less than 48 hours to orchestrate a change in the dugout after axing Pep Clotet.
Over the weekend struggling MK Dons parted ways with Robbie Neilson after 13 months.
Oxford’s decision to give Clotet the boot comes after Saturday’s disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to rock-bottom Bury, a side who had previously lost their last eight games in a row.
In a statement Oxford said:
"The Board has taken the decision after much consideration, and in the best interests of Oxford United FC.
"Pep has worked extremely hard throughout his time at Oxford."
Oxford have placed their assistant head coach, Derek Fazackerley, in charge for Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final clash against Chelsea U21s.
Fazackerley features in the Next Oxford Manager Market, alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, former U's boss Michael Appleton, Tim Sherwood, Alan Stubbs and Kevin Phillips.
Lampard was previously linked with Oxford in the summer but it was Clotet, who was chosen to replace Appleton, in an appointment which Oxford chairman Darryl Eales said demonstrated their “growing reputation within football as a forward-looking and ambitious club”.
However, in the end the Spaniard's reign lasted just over seven months, as he now leaves the club with a record of 12 wins, 10 draws and 14 defeats from 36 games at the helm, with the U’s 10th in League One - eight points adrift of the play-offs with 17 matches remaining.
Frank Lampard is an early contender to replace Pep Clotet at Oxford.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 22, 2018
Can the former Chelsea star follow in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs and venture into management for the first time?#oufc #Oxford pic.twitter.com/jP7ybT2F1u