Oxford are halfway through their interview process to appoint a new manager, amid reports that the League One club are interested in speaking to Frank Lampard about the vacancy.
The U’s are looking for a new boss after a compensation package was agreed with Leicester last week for Michael Appleton to become Craig Shakespeare’s assistant.
Oxford chairman Darryl Eales has complied a shortlist of six candidates, with half of them having already been interviewed, although the club have remained tight-lipped about the identities of those in the running for the job.
Former England and Chelsea midfielder Lampard has been linked with the opening, along with ex-Stamford Bridge team-mate Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and former Leeds assistant manager Pep Clotet, but Eales would not comment on any individuals.
He told the Oxford Mail: “We are 50 per cent of the way through interviews. There has been an absolutely superb quality of candidates.”
Lampard retired from playing last season after bringing the curtain down on a glittering career with a short stint at New York City.
The 39-year-old, who won the Champions League, three Premier League titles and four FA Cups with Chelsea en route to becoming the club’s record goal scorer, has yet to move into management but has publicly said it is a route he would like to take.