Des Buckingham: Oxford United set to appoint former youth player as boss

Des Buckingham has coached in India, Australia, New Zealand and worked with New Zealand Under-23s

Oxford United are set to appoint Des Buckingham as their manager in the next 24 hours, BBC Radio Oxford reports.

The 38-year-old was born in Oxford and played for the U’s youth sides before joining the coaching staff aged 18.

He progressed to first-team coach under Chris Wilder a decade ago before coaching overseas, most recently at Indian Super League side Mumbai City.

Craig Short has been in interim charge since Liam Manning left the club to join Bristol City last week.

Saturday’s 3-2 win at Leyton Orient left Oxford second in League One, one point behind leaders Portsmouth after 16 matches.

After last leaving the Kassam Stadium in 2014, Buckingham joined A-League side Wellington Phoenix as assistant manager before taking over as manager in 2017 aged 31.

A short spell coaching Stoke City’s under-23 side followed in 2017 but he returned to New Zealand the following year to coach the national side’s under-20s and under-23s, and act as assistant manager for the senior team.

In 2020 he was appointed assistant manager of Melbourne City, helping them land the double in his first season, before moving to another City Group club, Mumbai, in October 2021, winning the Indian Super League for the first time in February and leading the side in the Asian Champions League.

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