Mumbai City boss Des Buckingham top contender for Oxford United coach role
Alen Philip Mathew
Luke Williams also a strong contender
Following the departure of Liam Manning, all eyes are on the potential successors for the coveted position of Oxford United boss. As of now, as per a report in the Oxford Mail, Des Buckingham, the 38-year-old coach of Mumbai City FC, stands as a leading contender for the role, alongside Luke Williams. Interim coach Craig Short is optimistic that the new manager will be in charge before the critical November 25th clash against Cheltenham Town.
Des Buckingham, an Oxford native currently steering the ship at Mumbai City, is gaining significant traction. Having taken the reins of Mumbai City in October 2021, Buckingham has been a pivotal figure in the club’s recent successes.
Mumbai City’s Strong Performance
Under Buckingham’s guidance, Mumbai City FC is making waves in the Indian Super League. Positioned at an impressive 4th place without a loss in five matches, the team is showcasing resilience and strategic prowess. Buckingham’s influence extends beyond domestic competition, with Mumbai City making history in the AFC Champions League during the 2021-22 season.
Buckingham’s tenure at Mumbai City FC has been marked by noteworthy achievements. In the 2021–22 season, the team secured a commendable fifth position in the Indian Super League and left an indelible mark in the AFC Champions League. The following season witnessed Mumbai City reaching the Durand Cup Final, finishing as runners-up. The pinnacle of their success came on February 11, 2023, when they clinched the Indian Super League title with a remarkable 18-match unbeaten streak, setting records along the way.
Des Buckingham’s coaching acumen has not gone unnoticed. In May 2023, he was honoured with the Coach of the Year award by the Indian Players Football Association. This recognition further solidifies his standing as a coach with the expertise to lead teams to triumph.
Competition for the Oxford United Role
While Buckingham is a firm favourite, Luke Williams from Notts County is also a strong contender. Other notable candidates in the running include Dean Holden, John Eustace and Frank Lampard. Notably, Lampard is reportedly not being considered for the role.
As the anticipation grows for the unveiling of Oxford United’s new boss, the Indian football community closely observes, eager to witness whether Des Buckingham’s prosperous tenure with Mumbai City FC will persist or if he secures a leadership role in English football.
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