Next Oxford United Manager

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This article provides information on Oxford's new manager odds and which bookmakers are offering betting on the next manager at The Kassam —details on all of The U's previous managers throughout history and potential Oxford United Managers in the future.

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Current Oxford United Manager

Manager Appointment Date To Days in Charge
Des Buckingham 16 Nov,2023 21 Apr, 2024 157

Photo Credit: Des Buckingham LinkedIn

Des Buckingham former Oxford United player has returned from India to become the club's next manager after Liam Manning's departure. The role was confirmed on 16th November 2023, after strong rumours were leaked 24 hours earlier and he takes over as Oxford sit 2nd in League One.

Bookmakers are unlikely to offer the next Oxford United manager betting odds until the position becomes available again. Clues may be gleaned regarding which managers are available via the next EFL manager to be sacked blog.  

Next Oxford United Manager Betting Odds

There are instances when these odds might not be readily available for certain clubs. This could be because the position has only recently been filled, the club is currently performing exceptionally well, or the club has a strong history of standing by its manager through thick and thin.

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Additionally, in some cases, the Oxford United manager's position might be vacant, but there are strong indications or even rumours about the potential replacement. Despite these unique circumstances, it is worth noting that if betting odds do become available, we will present them here in this section for your convenience. Regular updates related to the manager's position can also be found in the dedicated sports betting news section expertly managed by Jake Ashton. So, keep an eye out for any developments as we strive to keep you informed on the latest happenings in the football managerial landscape.

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Best Betting Site for Next Oxford United Manager Betting

There is a huge range of UK Bookmakers to choose from but only very few that offer next-manager betting, if at all - As we have covered every club management change over the seasons, looking for betting odds on who the next club manager will be, we have found the following betting sites to be the most reliable and quickest to get odds up for the next manager at most clubs

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Who Will Be The Next Oxford United Manager

A list of the potential candidates should the job become available today based on previous people appearing in the betting odds when the position was vacant last time, to others who have a profile that would dit the club in terms of the last few managers they have had.

Frank Lampard

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Frank Lampard features in nearly every next manager market, with his career having reached a hiatus. He wasn't in the initial odds for the Oxford job but entered consideration as the new favourite in the betting 24 hours after the job became available with Mannings departure

John Eustace


John Eustace is a respected football manager. The former professional footballer distinguished himself as a tough and committed player. Eustace has successfully transitioned into coaching, displaying talent for squad management and tactical strategy development.

Danny Cowley 

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After impressing at Lincoln City, where his side won the National League, League 2 and the EFL Trophy in three seasons, Cowley has not fared as well in his subsequent roles at Huddersfield and  Portsmouth. He is, however still thought highly of as a coach and is another boss who the bookies like to add to their next manager betting markets even if there is no real connection between the club and Cowley.

Steve Cotterill 

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Steve Cotterill built his managerial reputation at Cheltenham Town, guiding the club from the Southern League into the Conference and then the Football League proper. His best period was at cash-strapped Notts County, where he took over in February 2010 and saw the club crowned Champions in April 2010. In total, Cotterill has now managed ten clubs, including Bristol City

Dean Holden

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Dean Holden is a professional football manager known for the fresh and vibrant approach he brings to his teams. His managerial tenures have included Oldham Athletic and Bristol City in England, where his focus was on fostering a competitive, squad-driven ethos. Holden’s ethos, tactical acumen, and ability to cultivate young talent define his managerial influence.

Luke Williams

Luke Williams, is an English football coach and former non-league player. He is currently the manager of Notts County in EFL League Two. Williams has had coaching stints at several clubs, including Swindon Town and Bristol City. He joined Notts County in June 2022.

Dave Challinor

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The Chester-born Challinor has managed four clubs: Colwyn Bay, Hartlepool United, AFC Fylde, and his current club  Stockport County.  His win percentage rates at all of his clubs are impressive.

Michael Appleton 

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Appleton has managed Blackpool and Blackburn, Portsmouth, Oxford, Lincoln City and Charlton. Every time a vacancy arises in the lower leagues, Appleton, when he is not in situ, features in the bookies' betting. This happened again when Karl Robinson left Oxford, and many thought he could return to Oxford who he successfully managed between 2014 and 2017, guiding the club into League One as well as consecutive appearances in the EFL Trophy Final. 


Robbie Fowler

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The former Liverpool striker was the favourite for the Oxford United vacancy when Karl Robinson, whom he assisted, was sacked. He is yet to have a manager's position in the UK. As of 2023, Fowler is in Saudi Arabia (where many are heading), managing Al Qadish FC.  

How to Place A Next Oxford United Manager Bet

Making a bet on who will be the next Oxford United manager is as easy as picking a contender from the list of possibilities at the top of this page, finding the bookmaker offering odds, choosing how much you want to bet, and placing it

You will have to find a betting site offering odds. Finding odds on the next Oxford manager will be easier when no manager is in place, and a little harder when the position is filled, and not particularly in jeopardy.

  1. Find the best football betting site offering odds on the next manager of Oxford. 
  2. Choose one of the possible contenders
  3. Decide how much you want to bet
  4. Check the odds and your stake to understand how much you may win if your prediction is correct
  5. Understand that if your prediction is wrong, you will lose your money.
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Next U's Manager Betting Diary

The betting odds for the next Oxford United manager will see plenty of fluctuation on who will take over in the hot seat when Des Buckingham departs the job he has been in since November 2023

Here is a round-up of the Next Oxford Manager Betting Timeline from our OLBG News feed

8th November 2023

Next Oxford United Manager Odds: Oxford-born Des Buckingham is the bookies favourite at 3/1 to replace Liam Manning after he departs for Bristol City!

Next Oxford United Manager Odds: Oxford-born Des Buckingham is the bookies favourite at 3/1 to replace Liam Manning after he departs for Bristol City!

10th March

Liam Manning the former MKD boss is rumoured to be Oxford United bound.

7th March 2023

Michael Appleton the original Oxford United favourite returns to the head of the betting. 

Michael AppletonIs Michael Appleton on his way back? Image: PA images

6th March 2023

All change at the top of the next Oxford United manager betting with ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon now in pole position. The 51-year-old was sacked by Cypriot club Omonia in October 2022 and is available. 

Neil Lennon Neil Lennon was in charge at Celtic, Editorial credit: Marco Iacobucci Epp /

3rd March 2023

Robbie Fowler, Grant McCann, Michael Appleton, and Steve Morison are the 4 managers who head the next Oxford United manager betting as we wake up on Thursday the 2nd  of March 2023. 

Steve MorisonEx-Cardiff boss Steve Morison is in the betting market for the Oxford United vacancy-Image: Sky Sports

February 2023

Michael Appleton who managed Oxford United between 2014 and 2017 heads the betting to be the new manager. 

In his time at the Kassam, he won promotion to League 1 and also made it to the finals of the  Football League Trophy (2015-16), and the EFL Trophy (2016-17). 

It is understandable why he is considered a leading candidate for the job. 

February 2023

The fans turned and Karl Robinson was sacked after over 270 games in charge. 

March 2018

Karl Robinson is appointed after leaving Charlton Athletic in the same month, and Fazackerley stayed as assistant manager.

January 2018

Pep Clotet won 12 out of his 36 games before being sacked. 

Derek Fazackerley was put into temporary charge, his team won twice from a total of eight games

July 2017

Spaniard Pep Clotet was appointed in July 2017.

July 2014

Michael Appleton joined Oxford United and stayed for just under 3 years, in 150 games he had a win percentage of 45%.

List of Oxford United Managers

Here is a complete list of all Oxford United managers on record with information on length of service and win ratio. Who will be the next Oxford United manager on the list?

Manager Appointment Date To Days in Charge Win rate
Des Buckingham 16 Nov,2023 21 Apr, 2024 157
Liam Manning 11 Mar,2023 8 Nov, 2023 242 46.42%
Karl Robinson 22 Mar, 2018 26 Feb, 2023 1802 40.15%
Derek Fazackerley 22 Jan, 2018 22 Mar, 2018 59 25.00%
Josep Clotet Ruiz 1 Jul, 2017 22 Jan, 2018 205 33.33%
Michael Appleton 04 Jul, 2014 1 Jul, 2017 1093 44.67%
Gary Waddock 22 Mar, 2014 04 Jul, 2014 104 12.50%
Micky Lewis 26 Jan, 2014 22 Mar, 2014 55 25.00%
Chris Wilder 21 Dec, 2008 26 Jan, 2014 1862 44.98%


Next Oxford United Manager Betting FAQs

  • Who was the first manager of Oxford United

    After the Second World War, the club was elected to the Southern League, with Harry Thomson appointed as the manager. He served from 1949 until 1958.

  • Who is the longest-serving manager of Oxford United

    The longest-serving manager of Oxford United is Arthur Turner. He was appointed in January 1959 and left in February 1969, a total of 3711 days.

  • Which Oxford United Manager Has Been The Most Successful

    The most successful manager of Oxford United was Arthur Turner won the Southern League in 1961 and 1962. In 1965, they won promotion to the Fourth Division, and in 1968, he guided Oxford to the Third Division championship.  

  • Which Oxford United Manager Has The Best Win Percentage

    Jim Smith managed Oxford United three times; his best spell was between March 1982 and June 1985, when his side won 89 of 169 games (52.66%). His Oxford United team won Division Three in 1984 and Division Two in 1985.

  • Which Oxford United Manager Had The Worst Win Percentage

    Gary Waddock won one and lost seven of his eight games as manager of Oxford United, a win rate of 12.50% producing the worst win percentage of any manager at the club

  • Who is the shortest-serving manager of Oxford United

    Gary Waddock (Mar 2014-July 2014) managed Oxford United for just 101 days making him the shortest-serving manager in charge of the club

Editorial Information

This article was written and fact-checked by Nigel Skinner, our expert in following the Next manager markets in the Premier League and throughout the EFL for 15 years. The article was edited and published by Steve Madgwick. Information was gained from various sources, including Oxford United Club Site and the Supporters site

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