Patrick Kluivert In Talks To Become League One Manager In Shock Move
In one of the more surprising news stories of the day, it has emerged that former Barcelona, Ajax and AC Milan striker Patrick Kluivert is in talks to become the manager of League One side Oxford United.
Kluivert, who was the director of football at Paris Saint-German last year, has been out of work since but Oxford chairman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth is keen to bring the 41-year-old to the club.
Pep Clotet was sacked on January 22 and Oxford have since been without a manager, but the former Dutch international is huge contender, according to The Daily Mail.
Patrick Kluivert opens talks with Oxford over managerial vacancy https://t.co/5jqvKNZz7c
- MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) March 6, 2018
The news comes just days after it emerged that Sol Campbell was set to be overlooked in his bid to become to the League One club's new manager, in favour of Craig Bellamy, and he's wasn't happy about it.
Arsenal legend Campbell was ridiculed by many after insisting he is 'one of the greatest minds' involved in football.
"Being a good player does not automatically make a good manager"@SteveClaridge responds with strong words to @SolManOfficial comments this week :soccer:
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- BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) February 26, 2018
These comments on the Oxford United job are quite bizarre, to be honest:
Speaking via Sky Sports, he said: "I did go (for the Oxford job) and they didn't accept me. Maybe it was a lack of experience, things like that, but it's a full circle. Experience? How do I get experience? Well I need a job to get experience.
"I don't want to go too low that it's a struggle, and I don't want to go too low that I'm under someone and thinking 'what am I doing here?' I would rather be managing a club myself.
"I'm confident and it's not like it's rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level. If you're intelligent enough and a quick learner you will learn pretty soon, within two or three games, what the team needs, training-wise, to survive in that league, get better in that league, to get in the play-offs or even win the league.
"I'm intelligent enough, it's not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life.
"I can't believe some people, I'm one of the greatest minds in football and I'm being wasted because of a lack of experience or 'maybe he talks his mind too much.'
"Go to Germany, they love people who speak their minds. They got the jobs. I'm sorry that I've got a mind, but don't be scared of that. That should be something you want at your club, but obviously not."
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