Oxford United boss Liam Manning has responded to rumours linking him to a vacant Championship managerial post.

Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson was relieved of his duties last Sunday, with Bristol Live reporting that Manning is on the Robins' radar to take over at Ashton Gate.

The sacking came after a defeat to Cardiff City on Saturday left them 15th in the Championship, with just five wins in their first 14 league games this season.

Robins chairman Jon Lansdown and technical director Brian Tinnion referenced results before adding the next manager will be a “progressive” and attack-minded head coach in an interview after the Pearson sacking.

Speaking after United's 2-0 win over Maidenhead United in the FA Cup, Manning insisted that he has not heard anything about the potential switch to the south west.

"I don't want to detract from today, I've heard nothing," he said in his post-match interview.

Manning joined the U’s in March steering the club to safety last season after taking over in a difficult position.

He has now got United flying with his side currently second in League One after 15 games.

The 38-year-old was previously at MK Dons, taking over the Buckinghamshire side in August 2021, leading to them third in Sky Bet League One during his sole full season.