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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Jim Smith Set to be Named Manager of ...Oxford United

Smith in line for return to Oxford
The Guardian - Michael Walker Tuesday March 21, 2006

Jim Smith is expected to be named as manager of Oxford United today, succeeding Brian Talbot who was sacked last week. It will be a sort of homecoming for Smith, 65, having been their manager in the early 80s and famously guiding them through the divisions and into the top flight for the first time in their history.
Oxford have slipped back into the fourth tier of English football and tonight face a match at Bury that will help define whether they stay in the Football League or are relegated to the Conference. Smith is expected to be at Gigg Lane and will officially take over tomorrow. He will be the club's eighth manager in six years.
Smith's last job was as assistant to Harry Redknapp at Southampton but he was a casualty of the turbulence at St Mary's last summer and has been waiting for the opportunity to return to the game since. .....

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