DES Buckingham has promised to bring attacking football to Oxford United after becoming the club’s new head coach.

The Oxford-born boss takes over at Grenoble Road, looking to build on the impressive start to the season made under Liam Manning, prior to his exit to Bristol City.

United built a reputation this campaign as an attacking, possession-based side, controlling the ball and hurting opposition teams with quick, incisive passing in the final third.

Buckingham arrives though having forged his own name as a head coach synonymous with attacking football.

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With his former club Mumbai City in the Indian Super League, Buckingham secured the league title earlier this year in some style.

The Islanders broke 15 records during the season, including the most points in a single ISL campaign (46) in addition to most goals (54).

The side also set a record for the longest winning streak (11 games) and longest unbeaten run (18 games).

Asked by this newspaper what a Buckingham team looks like, he responded: “Hopefully one that excites people when they come to watch us.

“Any team I’ve coached has always finished with a positive goal difference, we’ve always been a team that goes out to attack and win games, and not so much sit back and defend, and try not to lose.

“I want to be excited watching our players on the sideline. I want our fans to come to the stadium and support us, playing an attacking brand of football.

“I’d like to think in recent jobs I’ve been able to do that and show it, but that it’s also brought success.

“If I can come here and add to the excellent work that’s been done in the last six months and a strong season this season, that’ll be terrific.”

Buckingham takes charge of a U’s side sitting comfortably in Sky Bet League One’s top six, however he admitted conversations with the club’s board regarding targets for the season haven’t yet taken place.

The 38-year-old left his role as a first team coach at United in 2015, for a coaching position at Wellington Phoenix, but recognises the club is a vastly different to the one he departed.

Asked about targets for the campaign, he said: “We haven’t spoken about that just yet. The most important thing is when you come into somewhere, very often you come in as a new manager because things haven’t gone very well for the person that’s gone before you.

“That’s not the case here. There are a lot of good things at this football club.

“It’s me now coming in and learning quickly. I know the club very well, but there are a lot of changes since I was last here.

“If we want to achieve what we want to at the end of the season, it’s going to be a combination and a group effort.”