Oxford United are now in the hunt for a new manager having parted ways with Pep Clotet.

The departure of the Spaniard from a post he has held since last July, was announced on the clubs official website this morning.

Clotet took over from Michael Appleton, after Appleton left the club to take up a role at Leicester City as assistant to then manager Craig Shakespeare.

Oxford’s 2-1 home defeat to bottom club Bury on Saturday left them sitting in 10th place, eight points from the play-off positions.

The clubs statement said:

“Oxford United Football Club has today parted company with its Manager, Pep Clotet.

“The Board has taken the decision after much consideration, and in the best interests of Oxford United FC.

“Pep has worked extremely hard throughout his time at Oxford. The Board thanks him for his efforts and wishes him every success for the future.

“Derek Fazakerley will take charge of the first team until further notice, and the search for a permanent replacement has already begun. The Board is focused on maintaining a challenge for promotion to the Championship and will make an announcement regarding a new Manager as soon as possible.”

Fazakerley’s first task will be to rally his troops ahead of tomorrow night’s quarter final of the League Trophy against Chelsea’s Under-21 side.  This will be followed quickly by Saturday’s trip to the DW stadium to take on league leaders Wigan Athletic


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