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Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

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League One: 11 Teams & an 8 point battle

As we near the business end of the season in the English Football League One, there are 11 teams, seperated by just 8 points.

8 points might not sound a lot given the previous relegation history of this league, but this has been no ordinary season in this league.

It has given us everything including drama, unexpected results, upturns in form, managerial changes, some good some bad and some just inspired.

From Bristol Rovers in 13th Position on 44 points, down to Bradford City, who this week took over from AFC Wimbledon as the strong men of the division, on 36 points, it could be said that none of the teams from 13th, down to 20th are considered safe, by any stretch.

Bristol Rovers, Scunthorpe , AFC Wimbledon, Rochdale and Bradford, among these teams have changed managers this term, with Bradford and Rochdale , being the latest to change, though it could be said, that in Bradford’s case, the appointment of Gary Bowyer, is their 4th Managerial change this season, with history not favoring relegated teams who change manager more than once.

Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon, appointed managers who have fresh innovative ideas and this has been reflected in these two clubs upturn in form, both previous occupants of the bottom slot, Rovers now occupy 13th, with AFC Wimbledon sitting in 22nd position and just 3 points away from the teams directly above them.

In fact a win at home to Gillingham on Saturday, would potentially see the ‘Dons climb out of the bottom 4, which would represent a total turn around in fortunes.

Previous seasons have seen 50 points being the safety mark to avoid relegation, but given the unpredictable nature of results this season, and with just 8 games to go, it is quite conceivable that less than 50 points will be enough this season?

Either way, it promises to be a very exciting and potentially nerve-wracking end to an incredible season.

Who do you think will survive this season ?

Karl Robinson must make this man his number one signing this summer

Karl Robinson has only been in charge of Oxford United for one game but he will have been assessing his squad and where he needs to improve ahead of next season. The new manager has already expressed an interest in having a U-23 side next season, showing he wants to make changes around ‘The Kassam’ stadium in order to give the club every opportunity of promotion to the Championship next campaign.

Having already had success at League One level with Milton Keynes Dons, Robinson knows exactly what is needed to get a team out of the division and in the summer will no doubt like any new manager going into a football club want to bring in his own players.

With that in mind, the new manager to should look to reunite himself with fullback Dean Lewington.

Dean Lewington – Having made over 500 appearances for MK Dons, the experienced fullback would be the perfect fit for Oxford United. The ‘Us’ have conceded 57 goals so far this season and Lewington’s experience could prove crucial to the club keeping more clean sheets next season and also helping them to promotion out of League One.

Lewington has a promotion on his CV as he was at Stadium MK at the same time as Robinson when they won promotion to the Championship and has already been reunited with Robinson as he was training with Charlton Athletic earlier this season.

It’s clear that both parties know each other well and have had success working together in the past and both of these factors could provide a foundation in helping Oxford United becoming a Championship team.

Oxford fans would you like to see Dean Lewington at the Kassam Stadium next season? Do you believe that his experience will help your team keep more clean sheets and gain promotion to the Championship? Let us know in the comments section…

 

 

Is this former international striker set to take over at the Kassam Stadium

Oxford United are still on the look out for a new manager eleven days after Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth took control of the club. Plenty of high profile names including the likes of Craig Bellamy and Steve McClaren have been linked with the post but as of yet nobody is in the hotseat, but is this about to change…

The Sun reported yesterday that the club were in talks with former Dutch international Patrick Kluivert to take the helm at the Kassam Stadium. Kluivert recently had a post with Paris St-Germain as Director of Football, and has previously held assistant manager positions with the likes of Az Alkmaar, NEC and also the Dutch national side.

Kluivert would bring a wealth of experience with him, having played at the highest level for the likes of Ajax, AC Milan and FC Barcelona and could attract some big names to the Kassam Stadium should he take charge of the League One outfit.

From this it is clear to see that new Oxford owner wants to put a high profile name in charge of the club and this will in turn give The U’s every chance of getting out of League One and into the Championship.

Oxford United fans would you like to see Patrick Kluivert as your new manager? Let us know in the comments section…

3 potential managers to replace Pep Clotet

Oxford United this morning sacked manager Pep Clotet. The Spaniard only took over the ‘Us’ in July but a defeat to bottom side Bury was the final straw for the owners and he was relieved of his duties, with his assistant manager Dereck Fazackerley taking over first-team duties until further notice.

We take a look at three potential candidates that could replace Pep Clotet in the Oxford hot seat.

Michael Appleton

One of the early favourites for the job and a fans favourite, Michael Appleton would be welcomed back at the Kassam Stadium with open arms. Having led Oxford to promotion from League Two and to, two Football League Trophy finals its no wonder he is favourite for the job.

He was the caretaker manager at Leicester City for a couple of games in between them sacking Craig Shakespeare and appointing Claude Puel as manager, and has continued at the club as assistant manager to Puel, and having only been in the role a short time it remains to be seen whether he would leave so soon.

Simon Grayson

Having been linked with both the vacant Oxford and MK Dons jobs, if Oxford want to land Grayson they are going to have to move fast. He (Simon Grayson) has a good track record of getting clubs out of League One and into the Championship having led Leeds, Huddersfield, Blackpool and Preston to English football’s second tier and with a wealth of experience, he could be the perfect fit for Oxford United.

Brian McDermott

Remembered for his time at Reading FC, McDermott is another experienced choice to replace Clotet. In his first spell in charge of the ‘Royals’ he led the club to the Premier League before he was sacked by the club following a run of successive defeats.

From here he joined Leeds United, before holding roles as a scout for Arsenal FC and then a return to Reading, and has been out of management since 2016. With a promotion to the Premier League on his CV, McDermott could be a terrific appointment as manager.

Oxford United fans let us know who you would like to see in the hot seat next in the comments section below…