CHARLIE Raglan believes the Oxford United players have to take a share of the responsibility for Pep Clotet’s dismissal.

The Spaniard’s sacking on Monday was announced by a four-paragraph statement on the club’s website.

Despite repeated attempts this week, neither chairman Darryl Eales nor any board member has been willing to discuss the decision, or what happens next.

It is clear United had not lined up a replacement before cutting ties and the Oxford Mail understands interviews have yet to take place.

Frank Lampard was one name linked with the position, but yesterday he went on record saying a national newspaper reporting he had held talks with the club was wide of the mark.

The former Chelsea and England star did, however, confirm he chatted to United in the summer before the appointment of Clotet.

“I spoke to Dave Jones from Sky, who is on the board there at Oxford, in the summer about the job and that’s as far as it went,” he told Talksport.

“Certainly I’m working on my badges now and it’s my intention (to get into management) if the right thing comes along.”

However, with supporters still in the dark about what happens next, Raglan knows the U’s squad must refocus.

A serious ankle injury meant the centre back did not play a minute of competitive football under Clotet, but the 24-year-old feels everybody must shoulder some of the burden for the side’s struggles.

He said: “Definitely. It’s difficult for me to answer because I didn’t play under the manager, but I was there every day.

“I have to influence things in the best way I can. I think everybody has to look at themselves.

“Some people would have been closer to the manager than others, that’s the same at every club.

“So we all have to look at ourselves and move on by raising our own standards.”

The squad have no game this weekend following the postponement of their trip to Wigan Athletic, due to the Sky Bet League One leaders’ Emirates FA Cup commitments.