Richard Cawley says that Charlton Athletic have not received an approach from Oxford United for manager Dean Holden.
Recent reports have backed Oxford United to make a move for Holden, 43, who made a strong start to life at Charlton Athletic following his December appointment at the club. Then, as per Cawley, talkSPORT claimed that managerless Oxford United had made an approach for Holden.
But Cawley has since revealed on Twitter that Charlton’s League One rivals Oxford have not made an approach for Holden as things stand:
#cafc have not received an approach from Oxford for Dean Holden.
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) March 6, 2023
Oxford United are without a manager after parting ways with Karl Robinson at the end of last month, with the U’s currently sat in 17th place of the table, having lost eight of their last nine League One fixtures. Charlton sit in 16th and have lost three of their last four, although Holden has dragged the Addicks away from the drop zone.
Charlton appointed Holden on a short-term contract in December, but reports last week suggested that the club were set to hold renewal talks with the ex-Bristol City boss.
A nervy time…
Despite form having dropped off in recent weeks, Holden has certainly given Charlton a new lease of life in League One, and with a full pre-season and summer transfer window behind him, he could be the man to take Charlton out of League One.
There’s been widespread interest in Holden over the past few weeks. Oxford though seems like it’d be a bit of a sideways step for Holden, but money talks in football and there’s no guarantee that he stays at The Valley, especially given the fact that he’s out of contract in the summer.
The next few days could be very interesting, with Holden certainly looking like a person of interest at Oxford United.