NEW Oxford United owner Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth has asked for patience from supporters in the club's search for a new manager.

The Thai businessman, known as Tiger, says he has spoken with candidates this week and now thinks an appointment could be made next week.

It is more than five weeks since Pep Clotet was sacked under Darryl Eales's ownership.

Craig Bellamy has revealed a deal had been agreed, but Thanakarnjanasuth's takeover last week led to him dropping out of the running.

Tiger had hoped to make an appointment by the middle of this week, but told the club's website he was prepared to wait a little longer to get the right man.

He said: "Things are moving and we are well advanced in the process, but I would just ask fans for a little patience.

"I have spoken with some very strong candidates since I took over on Monday, people I believe would be a great fit for the club.

"Appointing a manager remains our number one priority.

"I hoped we could conclude things quickly, but if it takes a little longer to get the right man then I am prepared to wait.

"My feeling at the moment is that we will be able to make an announcement next week but in the meantime I have every confidence in Derek Fazackerley and Chris Allen as they prepare the team for a very important home game against Fleetwood."