League One rivals of Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley sack long-serving manager as club admit 'change is needed'
Defeat left them 17th in League One, five points above the relegation zone with the club acting to stop the slide. Oxford’s last win was against promotion-chasing Ipswich Town on January 21.
“The board would like to thank Karl for his hard work and efforts in the five years since he joined but recent results and performances mean that a change is needed.
“The search for a new head coach will be thorough and extensive and is already under way.”
Craig Short, Leon Blackmore-Such and Wayne Brown will take caretaker charge of the team. They face the Owls on April 7 in Oxford before travelling to Barnsley on April 22.