Former Oxford United Manager Set For Managerial Return?

Following the departure of Scott Brown last weekend, former Oxford United boss Karl Robinson has emerged as the favourite for the Fleetwood Town managerial job, according to Pete O’Rourke of Football Insider.

After picking up just one point from the Fishermen’s opening six league games, Scott Brown was sacked as manager following a season-and-a-half spell with the team. Guiding the club to an FA Cup run, which saw them reach the fifth round of the competition, Robinson is now in the frontrunner seat to take over with a wealth of managerial experience behind him.

Who Is Karl Robinson?

A former player, the 42-year-old is more known for his work in football management over the last decade. Getting his first head coaching role with MK Dons in 2010, Robinson became the youngest manager at the time in the Football League and secured promotion to the Championship in 2015.

Unfortunately, suffering relegation the following year, Robinson moved to Charlton Athletic midseason, where he struggled with consistency and lasted a little over a year.

Taking no time out of the game, the former Everton youth player became manager of Oxford United, where he saw significant improvement. Leading the Yellows to multiple playoff appearances, Robinson was sacked last season after almost five years with the club.

Sacking Season

With the EFL season only a handful of games into their new campaign, we are already starting to see early sacking amongst teams. Brown becomes the second manager casualty as we turn over to September, after Dean Holden and Charlton separated ways just five games into the season.

Change Of Scenery

Robinson has shown his ability to take bottom-half League One clubs up the league in the past, and Fleetwood could potentially be hoping he does the same. With MK and Oxford’s key examples of what Robinson can accomplish, expectations will be for him to follow a similar progression, dissimilar to his time at Charlton.

Writer’s View

While there’s no denying Brown had a horrible start to the season with Fleetwood, their uninspiring form in the league last year likely also led to his departure. Robinson has shown solid proof of building foundations at clubs, and if his appointment is to follow through, I expect him to continue with that.

Rescuing their start to the season will be the first job to overcome, with a long-term ideal to get Fleetwood back in the top half of the table.

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