SPECULATION over Oxford United’s ownership has not been a factor in the side’s longest winless run of the season, according to boss Pep Clotet.

The U’s host Northampton Town tomorrow in Sky Bet League One looking for a first victory in six games.

It has come amid ongoing uncertainty over the club’s future, with Thai businessman Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth watching several United games.

Neither he, nor chairman Darryl Eales, has commented on the situation, but it is understood there is interest in a deal which would lead to a change of ownership.

Both men are expected at the Kassam Stadium tomorrow, with talks believed to be at a key stage.

But Clotet is clear, thanks to the addition of experienced players signed during the summer, that any rumours over what could be in the pipeline have not filtered down on to the pitch.

He said: “At the moment I haven’t seen the team affected by anything.

“Everyone is trying to work very hard, everyone loves the football club and wants to perform and do better.

“Luckily for us we have strong players who have a lot of experience who came into the team.

“They have played at a higher level and still have that desire which they can spread around the squad.

“The team are very focused on doing our job and trying to win football games.

“I don’t think anyone is really affected by that.”

Clotet, who only took over the reins in July, is confident any potential changes would be flagged up to him from above.

But the Spaniard’s attention is the same as his squad – on the pitch against the Cobblers rather than the directors’ box.

He said: “Any information that is relevant for me to have, the club shares it with me.

“But at the same time I’m very focused like the players, to do our jobs and try to be better every week, understanding there are some setbacks as well in any process.

“But what I’m focused on is trying to win as many football games as possible.”