Pep Clotet: ‘We can keep fine tuning to see if Oxford can reach the next level’ | Nick Ames

09 August 2017 10:00
Oxford United’s Spanish manager is eager to put into practice ideas he has picked up in a career that has taken in stints at Swansea City and Leeds UnitedPep Clotet admits to being a keen history student and it was with some pleasure that, a fortnight into his tenure as Oxford United manager, he accepted an invitation to dinner at the 462-year-old St John’s College. “I had the luxury of a talk about the college’s traditions afterwards, and a walk around town where they explained a few more things to me,” he says. “It’s a fantastic city. So much has happened here.”The Kassam Stadium does not provoke quite as much feeling but, if Clotet has his way, it could become a necessary add-on to circuits of the dreaming spires. His appointment at the start of July marked a considerable change for both parties but made a degree of sense. Oxford had just lost Michael Appleton, who led the League One club to eighth place – their highest finish in 17 years – last season but opted to become Craig Shakespeare’s assistant at Leicester City; the 40-year-old Clotet, his stock high after spells as Garry Monk’s No2 at Swansea City and Leeds United, was looking to strike out on his own and came with excellent reviews. Related: League One 2017-18 season preview | Lawrence Ostlere Continue full article

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