KARL Robinson has dashed rumours linking him with the manager’s job at Birmingham City.

The Sky Bet Championship strugglers are expected to confirm the sacking of Aitor Karanka today and the Oxford United head coach is thought to be on their list of possible replacements.

Robinson was last month linked with a move to another second-tier side, AFC Bournemouth, before they appointed Jonathan Woodgate.

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At the time, the 40-year-old revealed how excited he was about United’s potential and he reiterated his commitment to the club.

Asked if he would rule himself out of the Birmingham job, Robinson said: “Yes.

“This football club’s so exciting now.

“I often talk about what’s building here and what I have the flexibility to do.

“I’d love to make this a top-30 club in England over the next five years.

“That might sound like a ridiculous statement, because that means a top-ten team in the Championship really competing to get to the level above.

“We have long-term plans - sometimes it means the medium and short-term implications could be negative, but we have a long-term goal.”

Birmingham, currently 21st in the second tier, are yet to officially announce Karanka's departure, but some reports suggest Lee Bowyer is set to resign as Charlton Athletic boss to take over.

Robinson marks his three-year anniversary at United a week today and his current contract lasts until 2024.

He guided the U’s to the Sky Bet League One play-off final last season, while they sit ninth with 13 games of this term remaining.

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United rejected an approach from Blackpool to speak to Robinson in February 2020, but the manager is unaware of any interest from other clubs in recent months.

“People seem to forget I’m only 40,” he said.

“I’ve hopefully got another 20 to 25 years doing this.

“I’ve got a lot of time, but I’ve got a lot of experience for my age, and I always feel that the greatest teacher is experience.

“I always want to make sure I never run before I can walk.

“It’s always flattering, but no-one’s contacted me for the last few months.

“I’m so happy here and I’m really proud to be associated with Oxford United.”