Sven Goran Eriksson in shock Oxford United linkby Jack Kitson / 15 March 2018, 13:17Tweet
It wasn’t long after Oxford United’s new owner Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth announced that he’d found a candidate with a “real wow factor”, that a surprise name burst into the Next Oxford Manager Market.
Sven Goran Eriksson.
Yes, you read that correctly.
On Wednesday Eriksson became the second former England manager, after Steve McClaren, to be linked with the League One club in what has been a fluctuating market that continues to shock.
The Swede, who was sacked by Chinese side Shenzhen FC last summer, came in at 4/1 to make a shock return to England with the Yellows, while he can today be found at 3/1 (Bet Victor).
The 70-year-old has 16 clubs on his managerial CV, the last three of which have been in the Chinese Super League, while he’s not managed in England since a 49 game spell in charge of Leicester City (2010-11).
Only Thanakarnjanasuth and his inner circle know the identity of their prefered choice, with whom they hope to unveil next week - a whopping eight weeks after Clotet was sent packing.
“He has indicated that he wants to come here and I think that provided we can sort out the finer points of the contract then he would have a real 'wow' factor for the fans and send very strong signals out that we mean business and are serious about moving this club into a higher division.”
(Quote: Oxford Mail)
However, Oxford’s immediate focus is avoiding the dreaded drop down to League Two with the 17th-placed club only four places above the relegation zone with 11 games to go.
Caretaker Derek Fazackerley will take charge of his final game this weekend - providing Oxford do finally appoint a new boss next week - at home to promotion chasing Peterborough, led by Steve Evans.
Fazackerley has so far overseen seven games, winning only once.
Meanwhile, Charlton manager Karl Robinson remains the favourite to switch third-tier jobs, while Patrick Kluivert (4/1) and McClaren (10/1) still feature in the betting.