When Harry Bunn, a late substitute for Bury, ran on to a long ball and placed a shot under Oxford United goalkeeper Simon Eastwood to secure a 2-1 win for the visitors, Pep Clotet’s reign as Oxford manager was over.
He may not have known it, but it was the catalyst for change by the Oxford hierarchy. What if Bunn hadn’t of replaced Zeli Ismail in the 75th minute? Well the dynamics would have been different. Sure. But this isn’t Sliding Doors, Clotet isn’t John Hannah, and what happened, unfortunately for Clotet, happened.
Twitter reaction was measured for the most part and sympathetic.
Oxford sacking Pep Clotet looks harsh. Comfortable in table, just eight points off play-offs, Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final at Chelsea, strange time to jump. Shame.
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 22, 2018
@pepclotet I believe you could have done well for us given more time.
Good luck with whatever you do next!
— Claire Riseley (@ClaireRiseley) January 22, 2018
Not sure about Pep Clotet leaving #OUFC. Yes there were some shocking results at home, but to be a mid-table League One side isn’t bad relative to being in League Two and the Vanarama National Blue Square Conference Bollocks League for decades.
— Stephen Wright (@SundayLoveSongs) January 22, 2018
As is often the case though, there were those with limited sympathy for the Spaniard.
Pep Clotet Rightly Sacked Imagine Losing To Bury
— Timo Werner FC (@dangerkl) January 22, 2018
I’m pleased Pep Clotet has been sacked, poor signings and poor tactics, we’ve only got worse under him! He hasn’t been helped by Eales, the money we’ve made on player sales hasn’t been reinvested. Pep was a cheap option, time to put some money in and get someone decent #oufc
— Billy Collett (@BillyCollett23) January 22, 2018