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Oxford City head coach Ross Jenkins leaves the club

Byoxfordnewspaper

May 15, 2024

ROSS Jenkins has left his role as Oxford City head coach.

The 33-year-old was appointed head coach in March 2022, after a spell as caretaker boss, and helped the club to finish fifth in National League South, before being beaten at Dorking Wanderers in the play-off semi-final.

The following campaign was a historic one for the Hoops, who put the previous season’s pain behind them, to earn promotion via the play-offs after finishing third in the table.

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Jenkins’ side brushed aside St Albans City in the play-off final a year ago yesterday, winning 4-0 in front of a record crowd at Court Place Farm.

Hoops skipper Reece Fleet gave his team the lead within three minutes, before Zac McEachran doubled that advantage 11 minutes later, while Josh Ashby gave City a 3-0 lead just after the half-hour mark.

Josh Parker sealed an emphatic first half display in front of the 3,100 supporters packed in at Court Place Farm, when he added a fourth goal in stoppage time.

The victory meant City played this season at the highest level in the club’s history, however a seemingly never-ending injury list to key players was a huge factor in the side finishing bottom of the National League.

Jenkins told the Hoops website: “It’s been a great honour being the Oxford City manager. We’ve shared some special moments together having reached the play-off semi-finals and then getting promoted into the National League for the first time.

“It’s been a pleasure working with this group of players, Oxford City and Velocity staff. I can’t thank Justin [Merritt, Hoops owner] enough for giving me the opportunity to lead this club and the support of the fans has been incredible.

“We can all be proud of what we’ve achieved over the last two years and I wish the club the very best moving forward.”

Merritt added: “Ross will always be remembered fondly here as the manager who helped us reach the highest level we have ever played at.

“To keep us in contention for much of last season, despite the obvious challenges in the higher league, was commendable and it is no surprise that he attracted interest from other clubs. He is a very good coach and I am sure he will go onto have an outstanding career.

“He leaves on very good terms and we have already begun the process of finding his successor. The timing allows us to rebuild over the summer and then have a full pre-season to get ready with a new person in charge working towards a new and exciting chapter in our history.”