Oxford United manager Karl Robinson is set to sign a new four-year contract at the club, according to Jason Burt of The Telegraph. The former MK Dons and Charlton Athletic boss has been in charge of the U’s since 2018 and guided them to the League One play-off final last season.
Karl Robinson to Sign New Oxford United Deal
Sticking By Him
After the disappointment of their play-off final defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in front of an empty Wembley back in July, Oxford could have been forgiven for wanting to go in a different direction and parting ways with Robinson.
However, this strong act of loyalty, offering such a long-term deal, shows that the Oxford hierarchy know how good a manager they have at the helm. His first season at the Kassam Stadium ended in relative disappointment with a 12th-placed finish. Given that he had once guided MK Dons out of the division and done much of the work to get Charlton into the play-offs the season before, this was seen as a poor standing.
However, the improvement undertaken in the 2019/20 season was drastic. Going into the play-offs, they were the most in-form team in the league and there was every reason to believe they could have gone up automatically had it not been for the season’s early curtailment.
The Season Ahead
Given their strong performances last season and the fact they have been able to sign striker Matty Taylor on a permanent deal, there is a lot of optimism surrounding Oxford this season.
There is even more reason for that now given that Karl Robinson will likely be around for the long-term. No doubt, Oxford are one of the favourites to go up this season, whether that is automatically or through the play-offs.