Ex-Leeds United, Liverpool and Man City star made shock favourite for managerial vacancy at League One rivals of Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley
United relieved Robinson of his duties after a 3-0 loss to Bristol Rovers on Saturday left the club with just one point from their last eight games. Defeat left them 17th in League One, five points above the relegation zone with the club acting to stop the slide.
In their statement confirming Robinson’s departure, Oxford said “the search for a new head coach will be thorough and extensive and is already under way.”
Earlier in the week, Michael Appleton was the leading name with the bookmakers, having most recently been in charge at Championship side Blackpool. Appleton moved into management after a playing career which included spells at the likes of Manchester United, Preston North End and West Brom.
Now Fowler has been made 5/4 favourite with ex-Hull City and Doncaster Rovers boss Grant McCann also in the running at 11/4 with Appleton now 7/2. Fowler is best known for spells at Liverpool, Leeds United and Manchester City.
He has made 379 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 163 goals and providing 39 assists- the majority of which came at Anfield. He made his debut for Liverpool in 1993 before joining Leeds in 2001. In 2003, he joined Man City and returned to Liverpool in 2006. Fowler scored 14 goals in 30 Premier League appearances for Leeds.
He left Anfield again in 2007 and went on to play for Blackburn Rovers, North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory before retiring with Muangthong United. His first managerial appointment was with Muangthong United and he has also coached Brisbane Roar and East Bengal.
Next Oxford United manager odds (correct as of 9.15am, March 1)
Robbie Fowler – 5/4
Grant McCann – 11/4
Michael Appleton – 7/2
Steve Cotterill – 8/1
Des Buckingham – 12/1
Leam Richardson – 12/1
Dean Whitehead – 12/1
Graeme Murty – 12/1