New Oxford United owner Sumrith ‘Tiger’ Thanakarnjanasuth will meet the potential new manager this week, as the club’s search for a new boss drags on.
No one can blame irritated U’s fans for getting impatient as the managerless side edges towards the League One relegation zone.
The hunt for Pep Clotet’s replacement has extended into its sixth week as the new owner, despite promising a new appointment last week, calls for patience.
Tiger called for more time last week as interviews with shortlisted candidates continued.
In an update on Tuesday, he said he wants to meet a candidate one more time ‘towards the end of the week’ before finalising a deal.
He said: “I have talked to some outstanding candidates over the last week or so and just want one more opportunity to meet them face-to-face towards the end of the week.
“I am not old school – I can communicate in a number of ways and am working every day on this and if we can conclude things quickly that’s great.”
In an ambitious twist, the Thai businessman said that, if the new boss wins 10 out of 12 matches, the play-offs are still in reach.
Twelve games remain of the League One season, suggesting a new man could be in the dugout by Saturday’s trip to AFC Wimbledon.
Tiger added: “We are looking for the right man to make an immediate impact and lift things.
“I want to make the fans so proud of this club and to do that I will always aim high.
“At the very least we will have a manager in place for the last 10 or 11 games who will have a chance to get to know the players, the coaching staff and the club and be able to see the full picture so they are not starting from zero this summer.”
United are in wretched form though and, just five points above the trapdoor, look like they will be involved in a relegation battle.
The Yellows were 10th, eight points off both the play-offs and the bottom four, when Clotet was sacked.
Tiger could make another left field appointment, with Netherlands legend Patrick Kluivert now the favourite to get the job.
The Yellow Army fans group member Simon Hathaway told talkSPORT this week that he is wary but not against a left field selection.
“I don’t think fans would be too upset with a left field appointment, we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes,” he said.