Craig Bellamy included in four-man shortlist for Oxford United job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 26 February 2018, 15:44

Oxford United could soon be set to end their lengthy search for a new boss after the League One club narrowed down their search to four managers.

The Yellows gave Pep Clotet the boot fives weeks ago, in what was a surprise decision at the time, although few could have predicted just how long the club would take to find the Spaniard’s successor.

Oxford have been linked with a plethora of managers, and while they are yet to name a replacement for Clotet, the latest developments means that they are at least heading in the right direction.

The breakthrough came on Monday after Oxford unveiled their new owner, Thai businessman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth, who revealed that he hoped to appoint his first U’s manager in the next 48 hours, while he had this to say about the type of manager he is looking to bring in:

"I think I’m very conservative. I don’t want to choose any wrong manager. I just like a manager that has some good personality, all the players accept him with some new tactics and training.”

(Quote: Oxford Mail)

So far all we know is that Craig Bellamy is one of the four shortlisted managers. The Welshman, who missed out on the Wales job to Ryan Giggs, has topped the Next Oxford Manager Market for the last couple of weeks, and at the time of writing is priced at just 1/8 (Bet Victor) to bag his first job in management.

It’s not yet known who the other three gaffers are but the likes of Alan Stubbs, caretaker Derek Fazackerley, Michael Beale and Steve McClaren still feature in the market. Meanwhile, Sol Campbell is not believed to be in the mix, despite stating he has “one of the greatest minds in football”...

Meanwhile, former Oxford boss Clotet recently spoke to The Independent about the current trend for short-term managers:

“Managers come, they go, short-term impact, it’s working! And as soon as it doesn’t work they go. There’s no time. You learn from it but that’s part of the game, that you will pay that price and it doesn’t mean you’re not a good manager.”

A shocker from Bellamy...

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