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Oxford United have appointed Karl Robinson as their new head coach.

The 37-year-old joins the U’s on a contract until June 2020, just hours after leaving League One rivals Charlton Athletic.

Robinson succeeds Pep Clotet, who was sacked two months ago.

Oxford are sitting 16th in the League One, seven places below Charlton and just five points above the relegation zone.

U’s chairman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth said: “We are really pleased that Karl has agreed to join the club.

“He is one of the brightest young managers in the game; people forget that he is still only 37 because he has been manager in over 450 games already.

“He knows this league and the one above, he knows the players and I am sure he will do a great job for us.

“The Oxford fans have been very patient but I hope they agree that this is a very exciting appointment for the club.”

Robinson left Charlton by ‘mutual consent’ on Thursday morning.

The south London club have been operating without a chairman or chief executive for a number of months and are in the midst of a takeover.

Robinson will take charge of Oxford for the first time against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Sunday.

“Oxford is a fantastic club and the new Chairman is very ambitious to continue the great work that has been going on here over the last few years,” he said.

“I have seen the plans for the new training ground, heard where the club sees itself going, and I have seen what a talented squad we already have here.

“My job now is to help those players get back to winning games regularly between now and the end of the season.

“We start with a big game at Portsmouth on Sunday, so I can’t wait to get started.”


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