It was another busy week for Oxford United, but one full of ups and downs. The U’s have seen contrasting results over the past seven days, including a dominant win and an above-average loss, while there has been a lot going on outside of the field too.

Oxford United Weekly Roundup: Birmingham City Job-Related Manager, Contrasting Results, and Takeover Talks

Karl Robinson downplayed the conversations about the Birmingham City Job

The week started with U chief Karl Robinson downplaying talks about taking the lead in the championship in Birmingham City. Although the Blues later named Lee Bowyer, Robinson told the Oxford Mail, “I talk a lot about what’s being built here and what I’m flexible about.

“I would love to make this club a top 30 club in England over the next five years.

“That may sound like a ridiculous statement because it means that a top ten team in the championship is really struggling to get to the level above.

“We have long-term plans – sometimes it means the medium- and short-term effects can be negative, but we have a long-term goal.”

Robinson was linked to two championship jobs in the past month. The U’s boss in Bournemouth was reportedly on a shortlist before permanently appointing deputy manager Jonathan Woodgate.

It’s kudos and underscores the good job the former manager of MK Dons and Charlton Athletic is doing at Oxford.

Takeover talks

On Friday, the Telegraph’s Jason Burt reported that Oxford United is subject to a proposed takeover by a consortium of Indonesian investors. Under the leadership of former board member Erick Thohir, the group is aiming for a 51 percent stake in the club, giving it enough control to run the club.

The proposed acquisition would be a big boost for Oxford for a number of reasons. The lease for the rented Kassam Stadium will expire in 2026. While the club is under renovation, plans for a new location or stadium have already been discussed. Financial security would also be increased. Thohir is the previous owner of Inter Milan and was responsible for DC United when the MLS side signed Wayne Rooney.

Thohir first joined the U board in November 2018, but had to resign in October 2019 after being appointed Indonesian Minister for State Enterprises. It is currently unclear whether the current chairman Sumrith ‘Tiger’ Thanakarnjanasuth, who took over the association in February 2018, will continue to be represented on the board.

Contrasting results: Oxford get three points from two games

It was another busy week on the field as Oxford played two games against promotion rivals, but with conflicting results.

On Tuesday the U’s greeted Doncaster Rovers on Grenoble Road. The Yorkshire side sat comfortably in the playoffs before the game, but the hosts scored a 3-0 win.

The game was over at halftime thanks to a brace from Matty Taylor and a goal from Mide Shodipo. The result moved the U’s to two points before the playoffs.

However, Oxford came back on Saturday with a loss to Blackpool. Two Seasiders goals in the first half were enough and the U couldn’t find a way past the division’s second-best defense.

Although the defeat was disappointing, Oxford are only three points below the top six and there are still games in hand on some sides above them.

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