DEREK Fazackerley is due to meet Oxford United's new owner for an update on the club's manager search.

The former assistant head coach has been in caretaker charge since January 22, when Pep Clotet was sacked.

The process has been complicated by Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth's takeover last month, with the Thai businessman, known as Tiger, taking charge of the hunt.

His latest comment on the situation came on Tuesday, saying he wanted another opportunity to meet candidates face-to-face "towards the end of the week".

As it stands it would appear Fazackerley is still likely to lead the U's in their crucial clash at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday

Tiger is set to be at Kingsmeadow and a meeting with the caretaker boss is also on his agenda. 

Fazackerley said: "I spoke to Tiger yesterday.

"He’s over this weekend and has said ‘we need to speak’.

"Hopefully from that some sort of progress will have been made.

"It’s business as usual, (I'm) just getting on with the things we’ve got to do, prepare the team for the game and see where it takes us."

This morning Karl Robinson and Steve McClaren, who are viewed by bookmakers as leading candidates, both distanced themselves from the role.