Ex-Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has been named as one of the front-runners to take over at Oxford United.

The 50-year-old, who is currently unemployed, is one of several names to be linked with the job following Liam Manning’s departure to Bristol City.

Manning had only been at the Us since March, with one of his last games in charge of the club coming in a 2-2 draw against the Chairboys last month, where he received a red card for dissent.

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He arrives at Ashton Gate as Nigel Pearson’s replacement, who was dismissed in October.

This also means that Oxford are now looking for their third permanent manager since March.

According to BonusBetCodes.co.uk, Ainsworth, who left Wanderers to take over at Queens Park Rangers in February, only to be fired eight months later, is odds on at 3/1 to join Oxford, whilst Danny Cowley is the favourite at 2/1.

Cowley has been out of work since leaving Portsmouth at the start of this year.

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Other names that have been mentioned include the ex-Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton, the former Sheffield United and ex-Oxford manager Chris Wilder, and Paul Lambert.

The latter spent two years in charge of Wanderers in the 2000s.

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Danny Cowley - 2/1

Leam Richardson - 5/2

Gareth Ainsworth - 3/1

Steve Cotterill - 4/1

Chris Wilder - 10/1

Joey Barton - 10/1

Paul Lambert - 10/1

Dean Holden - 14/1

Scott Brown - 16/1

Paul Ince - 25/1

Neil Warnock - 40/1

Karl Robinson - 40/1

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