Former Leeds United and Reading boss Brian McDermott could be one of the names being considered for the managerial vacancy at Sky Bet League One club Oxford United.

The Yellows have been managerless for over a month since the club sacked former boss Pep Clotet following a poor sequence of results.

A number of potential candidates have been linked to the role including Everton Under-23 coach David Unsworth, who has declined the job and former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy who remains the bookmakers’ odds-on favourite.

According to the latest odds from English Football League sponsors Sky Bet, the second favourite for the vacancy is former Leeds United and Reading boss Brian McDermott. The 56-year-old has previously worked under new Oxford United owner Sumrith ‘Tiger’ Thanakarnjanasuth and could be one of a four-man shortlist being considered by the Thai businessman.

McDermott managed former club Reading on two occasions, either side of a spell with Leeds United. The Slough born boss guided The Royals to promotion to the English top flight by winning the Sky Bet Championship in 2011/2012 during his first stint in charge. He returned to the role in December 2015 with Thanakarnjanasuth being a member of the consortium which had taken over Reading the previous year but McDermott lasted just six months before being sacked.

The older generation of Oxford United fans will have fond memories of McDermott with the former midfielder having been a member of the squad which won the old Second Division in 1984/1985. He would undoubtedly be a popular choice for manager should he be appointed into the role.


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