Chris Allen and Danny Cowley linked with managerless Oxford after Michael Appleton exit

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 21 June 2017, 10:43

Oxford United have been left managerless after Michael Appleton left his position at the helm of the League One side in order to become the assistant to Craig Shakespeare at top-flight Leicester City.

Oxford will be gutted at losing Appleton who will undoubtedly be a tough act to follow after three superb seasons in charge of the the U's, during which he led the club up into League One, before recording an impressive 8th place standing last term, just missing out on the play-offs.

Rumours of a switch to Leicester first surfaced late last week on Friday, then over the weekend it seemed inevitable that Appleton would leave the Yellows, something which was then confirmed on Tuesday.

Appleton previously worked with Shakespeare at West Brom, and now the duo will hope to work their magic together at Leicester, who famously lifted the 2015/16 Premier League title, but could only finish 12th last season, 10 points above the drop zone.

It's early days in the Next Oxford Manager Market which currently features the likes of first team coach Chris Allen, former Penang boss Ashley Westwood, ex Man City scout Derek Fazackerley, and also Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley. 

Meanwhile, Steve Cotterill, Adrian Viveash and Paul Lambert can all be found in the market at the time of writing.

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