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Waddock handed Oxford role

Gary Waddock has been named as the new head coach of League Two side Oxford United.

Waddock was last in the managerial ranks with Oxford's rivals Wycombe, who sacked him in September 2012, and most recently he was working as head of coaching at MK Dons.

The 52-year-old, who had a brief spell in caretaker charge of QPR and led Aldershot back into the Football League in 2008, will be on the touchline for the first time when the U's face Southend on Monday night.

Mickey Lewis had been in interim control since Chris Wilder departed the club for struggling Northampton in January.

"I am grateful to Oxford United for having given me this great opportunity, and cannot wait to get started," he told the club's official website.

"The club is in a good position, and the immediate priority is to turn that position into promotion at the end of the season.

"In the medium term, the board's vision is to build on the solid platform that has been put together to take Oxford back up the leagues, where a club of this size belongs.

"I applied for this job because I believe that I can be a part of achieving that ambition, and because I fully buy into the board's philosophy of how a football club should be run."

Chairman Ian Lenagan added: "His CV brings the exact mix of attributes we stated we were looking for: success as a manager in the lower leagues, top-class coaching experience, understanding of sports science and a track record of playing attacking football and developing young players through into the first team."

Watch Southend United take on Oxford United live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Monday from 19:30pm.