Leeds United: Former Whites number two Clotet named as Oxford boss

Former Leeds assistant Pep Clotet, left, who has been named as Oxford United manager.
Former Leeds assistant Pep Clotet, left, who has been named as Oxford United manager.
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Oxford United have named former Leeds United assistant Pep Clotet as their new manager.

The 40-year-old Spaniard, who was Garry Monk's number two at Elland Road, replaces Michael Appleton at the Kassam Stadium.

Appleton, after leading Oxford into Sky Bet League One during the 2015-16 campaign, opted to leave the club last month to become assistant to Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City.

Clotet has previous managerial experience at Cornella, Figueres, Espanyol B and Malaga B in Spain as well as Swedish side Halmstad.

He and Monk took Leeds to seventh in the Championship last season but Clotet followed Monk out of Elland Road after the latter resigned as head coach on May 25.

Monk went on to take charge of Middlesbrough but Clotet, whose contract with Leeds officially ended yesterday, opted to seek a new challenge having previously worked as Monk's number two at Swansea City.

Clotet will come back to Elland Road for a pre-season friendly against Leeds on July 29, a match agreed as part of the deal which brought forward Kemar Roofe to United from Oxford last season.

He told Oxford's official website: "I'm really thrilled to be embarking on this new challenge at a club as ambitious as Oxford United.

"It's an exciting prospect and I'll be giving my all to ensure that as a team, and with the fans' support, we go on and achieve the targets we set ourselves.

"I wish to thank the chairman, Darryl Eales, and his board of directors for placing their faith in me."

Eales said: "I am delighted that Pep has chosen to launch his managerial career at Oxford United.

"It is an appointment that demonstrates our growing reputation within football as a forward-looking and ambitious club.

"Pep is a proven coach, progressive and hugely knowledgeable, and I believe we are fortunate to have attracted such a highly-regarded individual who is destined for an outstanding managerial career.

"Pep was the unanimous choice of the board and we believe he will build on the significant progress we have made over the past three years and accelerate our collective objective of sustainable Championship status."