Patrick Kluivert and Steve McClaren in contention for Oxford United jobby Jack Kitson / 07 March 2018, 09:34Tweet
Patrick Kluivert is in talks with Oxford United about becoming their new manager.
The Dutchman stormed into the betting on Tuesday, and it wasn’t long until bookmakers Bet Victor had suspended the market, which fueled rumours that the 41-year-old was on the cusp of landing the League One job.
However, the Next Oxford Manager Market has, perhaps inevitably, reopened its doors as that man Steve McClaren barges his way to the summit ahead of Kluivert, while former frontrunner Brian McDermott is also back in contention.
McClaren was hotly linked with Oxford late last month but nothing came to fruition, as has become custom in this market, although his remergence in the top echelons of the betting means that something could well be brewing.
In a statement Oxford’s new chairman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth revealed that he has already held talks with a handful of “outstanding” candidates, but is keen to meet a select few once again before making a final decision.
The man they call ‘Tiger’ even has hopes of making the League One play-offs, although someone should inform the Thai businessman that Oxford have been managerless for six weeks, sit just five points above the relegation zone, and have lost five of their last seven league games.
It will be interesting to see whether Oxford opt for one of the three main candidates - Kluivert, McClaren or McDermott - or instead pull a rabbit out of the hat and go for a left-field option.
According to The Sun it’s Kluivert who Thanakarnjansuth has his eye on. The Dutchman, who has previously been linked with Huddersfield, has held coaching roles in Netherlands, worked under Louis van Gaal at the country’s national team, been director of football at PSG, and even managed the Curacao national team, but now he could be set for Oxford.
In other news the club's former manager Clotet is now back in work with Birmingham City, where he is assisting new boss Garry Monk - the duo previously worked together at Leeds United and Swansea City.