Bournemouth candidate Karl Robinson

According to the Mirror, Bournemouth are looking to surprise everyone by making a move for Oxford United manager Karl Robinson. Oxford boss Karl Robinson’s name was put into the frame after he impressed at the League One club. The manager has a strong reputation working with young players.

Robinson is also very efficient when it comes to building a team with a small budget and that can tilt the favour in his balance, considering the Cherries are also struggling with funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cherries currently find themselves with interim manager Jonathan Woodgate at the helm after the exit of Jason Tindall a few weeks ago, so they could be on the move to strike a deal to bring the 40-year-old to the South Coast club, should the circumstances arise. Robinson has an excellent history at transforming younger players into first-team regulars, which could suit the Bournemouth hierarchy’s long-term vision for the club.

Robinson made Oxford United one of the best teams in the 2019/20 Sky Bet League One and led them to the play-off places, before unfortunately falling at the final hurdle against Wycombe Wanderers. The manager’s work was even more impressive by the fact that he had to work with almost no budget during this timeframe, so this is no surprise that his name is being considered for high profile clubs.

Robinson started his managerial career as a 30-year-old with Milton Keynes Dons, and he stayed with the club for six years, before moving to London club Charlton Athletic for a brief stint of two years. The then 38-year-old took over the reins at the Kassam Stadium in 2018. Robinson’s style of play has always been possession-based attacking style, and this can only be a good thing for the young manager as Bournemouth are known for their star players in the attacking areas.

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