Chris Powell, Steve McClaren and Frank Lampard spice up next Oxford manager marketby Jack Kitson / 26 June 2017, 09:45Tweet
Oxford United’s search for a new manager burst into life over the weekend as a few interesting names emerged as key contenders in the betting.
Chris Powell, Frank Lampard and Steve McClaren have all been propelled into the mix alongside Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, John Eustace and Andrew Whing.
The club’s chairman Darryl Eales is happy with the names banded about, with the Oxford Mail reporting that he’s keen to appoint a “young, hungry coach” who is “not in a current No.1 job”.
He may have limited experience but the recently retired Lampard, 39, could well fit that bill. The former England and Chelsea midfielder hung up his boots back in February and has since been linked with the odd post in the managerial arena.
Lampard, who is currently trying his hand at punditry, was previously a 33/1 outsider to be the man who replaces Appleton in the U’s dugout, but he can now be found hovering around the 7/2 mark.
Down the other end of the coaching spectrum is McClaren who was also out at 33/1, only to storm into the frame over the weekend at 7/2.
McClaren has been out of work since October when he lost his job October at Derby for a second time. The experienced gaffer has previously taken charge of the likes of England, Newcastle, and Nottingham Forest, but could he now be on the verge of venturing down into League One?
The appearance of Lampard and McClaren certainly make for intriguing reading, as does McClaren’s former assistant at Derby, Chris Powell, who is now the 9/4 favourite for the post.
Powell didn’t even feature in the market until Sunday, but now the former Huddersfield and Charlton boss sits top of the pile.
Former Burton and QPR gaffer Hasselbaink would be a popular choice for a number of fans and he remains firmly in contention at 5/1, while Kidderminster boss Eustace can be backed at 10/1.