HITC Sport understands former Cambridge boss is set to join Oxford coaching staff.
Former Notts County and Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry is set to join Karl Robinson's coaching team at Oxford United, HITC Sport understands.
Highly-rated coach Derry has been out of work since leaving Cambridge by mutual consent in February.
Oxford boss Robinson is planning big changes at the Kassam Stadium this summer as he prepares for his first full season in charge of the club.
Robinson is understood to be a big admirer of Derry and is looking to bring him in as his assistant manager with Derek Fazackerley to revert to first-team coach in a new-look set-up at the League One club.
Oxford finished in 16th spot in League One this season and Robinson is keen to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion for next season and he feels Derry will be a valuable addition to his plans.
Former Crystal Palace,Leeds United and QPR man Derry made a total of 652 career appearances for eight clubs during his playing career.
The 40 year-old saved Notts County from relegation in his first managerial job in 2013 before surprisingly being sacked shortly into the next season after a difficult start to the campaign.
Derry took over at Cambridge in November 2015 and he guided them to a ninth-place finish in League Two last season before leaving earlier this season.