LIAM Manning has addressed how he came to the decision to leave Oxford United.

The 38-year-old was announced as Nigel Pearson’s replacement at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City yesterday afternoon, bringing an end to his 29-game stint with the U’s.

Manning was asked about his exit from United at his first press conference as Robins boss.

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Speaking to the media yesterday evening, he said: “It’s been an extremely full on and intense 24 hours. I was informed yesterday of the approach, in the morning and was work at Oxford.

“I was speaking with my wife, who I’ve dragged around the world in the last five or six years.

“I’ve got some good people around me and spoke to a few people in the game, whose opinions I really trust and respect.

“I got that feedback and then informed the club at Oxford on my decision, that I wanted to move on and join Bristol City.”

Manning added: “I had a short time at Oxford, but it was a good time in terms of the progress we made. We left the club in a better position than when we joined.

“I wouldn’t have left for any club, that was quite important. There were so many things in terms of alignment with the playing group here, how I see the game and how I want teams to play.”

Discussing his time with the U’s, he said: “We achieved quite a lot in a short period of time, saving the club from relegation and then to transition the team completely, and then leave it in a position where they’ve got a healthy squad.

“The fans were great, and it was a really enjoyable good experience for me.”