Oxford United announce Derek Fazackerley as new assistant head coach

Derek Fazackerley

Derek Fazackerley

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OXFORD United have appointed former England No 2 Derek Fazackerley as their new assistant head coach.

The 62-year-old will link up with boss Michael Appleton this morning, as well as another addition to the U’s backroom team, Mark Thomas.

Thomas joins United from Portsmouth as head of performance and recruitment analysis, and will work alongside Dan Bond.

However, it is the arrival of Fazackerley that is a real sign of the club’s intent.

The experienced coach has worked as Kevin Keegan’s No 2 with both England and Newcastle United and is one of the most respected figures in the game.

Fazackerley has also enjoyed spells at Blackburn, Bolton Wanderers and Barnsley, and worked alongside Sven Goran Eriksson at Manchester City.

His most recent jobs have taken him to Leicester City and Birmingham City.

He starts work today with United at their Bisham Abbey pre-season training camp today, alongside Appleton and Mickey Lewis, who will continue his first-team coaching role.

“It is a really exciting challenge,” Fazackerley said.

“Michael Appleton is a good young manager with great ideas about the game and I would love to help him achieve success here at Oxford.

“The club is set-up well, there are young players coming through and the whole club is progressive and ambitious.

“I am looking forward to getting out on the training ground and working with the players as we build towards the new season.”

United chief executive Mark Ashton was excited to have brought such a big name at the club.

“Derek is a genuine football person and we are delighted that he will be joining us,” he said.

“He knows the game inside out and has worked with managers and players of the highest calibre and is hugely respected.

“He has still got that same passion and enthusiasm for the game and we believe that he will be the perfect addition to our existing coaching staff.

“To be able to call on his experience, his contacts within the game and his know-how will be invaluable.”

Thomas was with Appleton at Portsmouth and believes he can make his mark behind the scenes.

He said: “I have worked with Michael before and he fully appreciates the input that we can give him through studying the vast amount of data that we can now supply, not just on our own players but also on the teams we are playing against.

“I have enjoyed my time at Portsmouth, but having spoken with Michael, believe there are exciting times ahead here at Oxford and I am delighted to have joined the club.”

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8:13am Mon 21 Jul 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Impressive? Darn right it is! I'm amazed and excited by the developments at Grenoble road these last few weeks.

Stand by for some equally impressive signings to boost the first team squad- then it's all systems go!! Welcome Mr F.
Impressive? Darn right it is! I'm amazed and excited by the developments at Grenoble road these last few weeks. Stand by for some equally impressive signings to boost the first team squad- then it's all systems go!! Welcome Mr F. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 55

10:49am Mon 21 Jul 14

CHINNOR YELLOWS says...

Cracking appointment . Can only be good for the players.
Cracking appointment . Can only be good for the players. CHINNOR YELLOWS
  • Score: 28

11:51am Mon 21 Jul 14

Joe1 says...

Their taking our club seriously!!! Just need a couple of good signings including a decent forward line.

"COME ON YOU YELLOWS"
Their taking our club seriously!!! Just need a couple of good signings including a decent forward line. "COME ON YOU YELLOWS" Joe1
  • Score: 20

12:17pm Mon 21 Jul 14

dovepe says...

This is a great signing.Very experienced worked with top managers.don't want to see Mickey leave.
This is a great signing.Very experienced worked with top managers.don't want to see Mickey leave. dovepe
  • Score: 15

1:09pm Mon 21 Jul 14

London_Ox says...

I like this appointment.. He has a good pedigree and will come with contacts too no doubt. Important to have a proper, skilled number two man. I'm still curious about the quality of players we are due to bring in.
I like this appointment.. He has a good pedigree and will come with contacts too no doubt. Important to have a proper, skilled number two man. I'm still curious about the quality of players we are due to bring in. London_Ox
  • Score: 15

3:47pm Mon 21 Jul 14

brimptonyellow says...

Very pleased with this announcement. I'm sure most U's fans like having Micky around the club, but I think he looked a little out of his depth last season and hopefully this will help his development as well as helping the club move forward. The squad is still desperately thin though (bearing in mind that a couple of very familiar faces helped Eastleigh win 3-0 at Didcot a few days ago, putting our 1-0 win in context), so I'm looking forward to see who they are able to bring in
Very pleased with this announcement. I'm sure most U's fans like having Micky around the club, but I think he looked a little out of his depth last season and hopefully this will help his development as well as helping the club move forward. The squad is still desperately thin though (bearing in mind that a couple of very familiar faces helped Eastleigh win 3-0 at Didcot a few days ago, putting our 1-0 win in context), so I'm looking forward to see who they are able to bring in brimptonyellow
  • Score: 8

4:28pm Mon 21 Jul 14

dovepe says...

Robert Earnshaw & Bradley Wright Phillips Rumour?
Robert Earnshaw & Bradley Wright Phillips Rumour? dovepe
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Mon 21 Jul 14

hairydean says...

Devote were did you hear the rumours from about earnshaw and Wright phillips I'm intreagued
Devote were did you hear the rumours from about earnshaw and Wright phillips I'm intreagued hairydean
  • Score: 2

7:35pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Benkiu says...

Very good-looking appointment.... Time will tell as to whether we challenge towards the top as predicted by both Derek and new signing Collins. The biggest question mark really is whether Appleton can finally do something as a manager. His record so far is not just bad - it is shocking.

All in all though, moving in the right direction - especially regarding the Blackbird Stadium, or even a new stadium. We must have a stadium!

Promotion this year would obviously be nice - but it's not the be all and end all. Quietly optimistic about our long-term future....
Very good-looking appointment.... Time will tell as to whether we challenge towards the top as predicted by both Derek and new signing Collins. The biggest question mark really is whether Appleton can finally do something as a manager. His record so far is not just bad - it is shocking. All in all though, moving in the right direction - especially regarding the Blackbird Stadium, or even a new stadium. We must have a stadium! Promotion this year would obviously be nice - but it's not the be all and end all. Quietly optimistic about our long-term future.... Benkiu
  • Score: 2

10:46pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Moobs says...

Benkiu wrote:
Very good-looking appointment.... Time will tell as to whether we challenge towards the top as predicted by both Derek and new signing Collins. The biggest question mark really is whether Appleton can finally do something as a manager. His record so far is not just bad - it is shocking.

All in all though, moving in the right direction - especially regarding the Blackbird Stadium, or even a new stadium. We must have a stadium!

Promotion this year would obviously be nice - but it's not the be all and end all. Quietly optimistic about our long-term future....
Appleton isn't manager he is head coach
[quote][p][bold]Benkiu[/bold] wrote: Very good-looking appointment.... Time will tell as to whether we challenge towards the top as predicted by both Derek and new signing Collins. The biggest question mark really is whether Appleton can finally do something as a manager. His record so far is not just bad - it is shocking. All in all though, moving in the right direction - especially regarding the Blackbird Stadium, or even a new stadium. We must have a stadium! Promotion this year would obviously be nice - but it's not the be all and end all. Quietly optimistic about our long-term future....[/p][/quote]Appleton isn't manager he is head coach Moobs
  • Score: -3

11:37pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Benkiu says...

Moobs wrote:
Benkiu wrote:
Very good-looking appointment.... Time will tell as to whether we challenge towards the top as predicted by both Derek and new signing Collins. The biggest question mark really is whether Appleton can finally do something as a manager. His record so far is not just bad - it is shocking.

All in all though, moving in the right direction - especially regarding the Blackbird Stadium, or even a new stadium. We must have a stadium!

Promotion this year would obviously be nice - but it's not the be all and end all. Quietly optimistic about our long-term future....
Appleton isn't manager he is head coach
Are you suggesting that Mark Ashton is our new "sporting director"? That's not the title he was given....
[quote][p][bold]Moobs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Benkiu[/bold] wrote: Very good-looking appointment.... Time will tell as to whether we challenge towards the top as predicted by both Derek and new signing Collins. The biggest question mark really is whether Appleton can finally do something as a manager. His record so far is not just bad - it is shocking. All in all though, moving in the right direction - especially regarding the Blackbird Stadium, or even a new stadium. We must have a stadium! Promotion this year would obviously be nice - but it's not the be all and end all. Quietly optimistic about our long-term future....[/p][/quote]Appleton isn't manager he is head coach[/p][/quote]Are you suggesting that Mark Ashton is our new "sporting director"? That's not the title he was given.... Benkiu
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