Karl Robinson: Blackpool approach for Oxford United manager rejected by U's

Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson led Milton Keynes Dons to promotion to the Championship in 2015 and has won 46 and lost 36 of his 115 games at Oxford.

Oxford United manager Karl Robinson says he has "not got a clue" about an approach for him by Blackpool.

BBC Radio Oxford understands Blackpool have asked to speak to Robinson about their vacant manager's role.

The Tangerines sacked Simon Grayson on 12 February after a run of one win in 12 games which saw them drop from fourth to 15th in League One.

Robinson, 39, signed a new three-year contract at Oxford in August and has been in charge since March 2018.

"Nobody at the football club has spoken to me about anything," Robinson told BBC Radio Oxford after his side's 3-0 win over Accrington on Tuesday.

"I think I should have been told if we've had a phone call, but in some ways you've also got to respect the fact that when you look at that we had a game tonight, maybe that's the case.

"We have a good relationship at the football club and we all work hard together, and we're all a very close unit, I just think that I'll get more clarity tonight and tomorrow morning.

"I'll have to make a phone call, but it's four o'clock in the morning in Thailand so it might be a bit difficult to get hold of him," Robinson added of Oxford's Thai owner Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth.

Robinson admitted that interest in him reflects on the way his Oxford side are playing after they moved to within a point of the League One play-off places with victory on Tuesday.

"It means my players are doing well," he said. "This team, if we stick together and we build on it and we spend money on it, it can achieve great things.

"But it has to have that second aspect to it to be successful because if we don't we're going to be like the rest and that's me being brutally honest.

"But I'm hearing that this football club is here to be successful, and they're the conversations that I have on a consistent basis."