Oxford United midfielder Ryan Ledson hopes the club’s managerial situation will be clarified quickly after the sacking of Pep Clotet.

The U’s lost a third successive League One match under caretaker manager Derek Fazackerley when Plymouth Argyle beat them 1-0 at home on Saturday. Fazackerley has been in charge since Pep Clotet was sacked in January.

Ledson said “Whether it’s Derek in charge until the end of the season or we get a new manager, it needs to happen quickly so we know what’s happening”

Oxford have slipped to 15th in the table, just five points above the relegation zone, and 66-year-old Fazackerley has won just one of the five games in all competitions he has overseen.

“I don’t think we’re in a relegation battle,” Ledson, 20, told BBC Sport. “We’ve got too much quality in this side with the lads set to come back from injury.”

“At the moment, we’re not on the best run of form, but we can’t sit and sulk about it.”

“There’s names in the frame for the job that do excite me, but maybe it will be Faz who gets the job and we’ll all give everything for him.”

Pep Clotet was sacked following the U’s failing to win nine of 13 league games, including a 7-0 loss at home to Wigan in December. Clotet led Oxford to the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy and has left them 10th in League One, eight points behind the play-off places.

Caretaker manager Derek Fazackerley said he’s unsure how long new manager search will take.

“I’m working for Oxford United and I’ll continue to do what I’m doing until I’m told something different,” he said.

“I’ve no real inclination from the board how long it will be (before appointing a new manager). I’m sure it’s something that’s been considered very carefully.”

“I think it will be a process that will take a considerable amount of time and it will take as long as it takes.”


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