Barnsley have made a frustrating start to the season following their promotion from League One last season, with the Tykes managing to win just one of their opening eleven Championship games leaving them second from bottom with only six points collected so far.
The Tykes, who last season enjoyed the best defensive record in League One conceding just 39 goals, have struggled at the back in their last few matches conceding ten goals in their last three games, with Saturday’s alarming 5-1 defeat at Preston North End highlighting a host of issues in what is becoming a worrying slide for Barnsley.
Barnsley have decided to part company with manager Daniel Stendel, who guided the club to automatic promotion last season, following the defeat at Preston, with the club announcing his departure via their official website on Tuesday.
Given Barnsley’s form in their last few games which have seen them lose four of their last five Championship matches, it is perhaps unsurprising the club have looked to make a managerial change, even if it is harsh on Stendel after he did an excellent job in managing to get his youthful side promoted in style last season.
However, it is essential now that the club make the right appointment to give themselves the best possible chance of recovering from a poor start to the season and securing another season of Championship football.
Here, with that in mind we take a look at three managers that Barnsley must avoid as a replacement to Stendel…
Parkinson, undoubtedly performed an excellent job during the majority of his time in charge of Bolton Wanderers under very challenging financial circumstances, with the 51-year-old managing to earn promotion to the Championship in the 2016/17 season during his time in charge of the club.
However, Bolton suffered relegation from the Championship last season largely down to the financial problems at the club, but despite managing to keep the club in the division in the 2017/18 season Parkinson’s side lost half of their league games, which suggests he might not be the right manager to get Barnsley winning regularly enough to survive this term.
There is also the style of football which Parkinson has produced at his last jobs with Bradford City and Bolton, with both sides playing a direct style of play up to a target man who brings their other players into the game, which is a style Barnsley are not used to playing and with Cauley Woodrow the club’s main striker they perhaps do not have the players needed to play that way.
Another out of work manager who Barnsley should be looking to avoid appointing as Stendel’s successor is Steve McClaren, with the one time England manager being sacked by Queens Park Rangers last season after the Rs’ poor form in the second-half of the campaign dragged them down the league table.
McClaren is undoubtedly an excellent coach, but he has struggled in his past few managerial jobs, with the likes of Derby County, Newcastle United and QPR all giving the Englishman a chance and then having to part company with him to prevent alarming slides in form from continuing.
Barnsely need a manager who is going to be able to come in and instantly change their fortunes and provide a ‘new manager bounce’ and McClaren is not the type of manager needed in their current situation, with the Tykes needing someone to come in and make them harder to beat, without completely ripping up the work Stendel has done in past year.
Although it is unlikely that Barnsley would turn to Siewert following his sacking at Huddersfield Town, after managing to guide the club to just a single victory in his spell in charge with the club, the German’s appointment at the Terriers is a model that the Tykes should be wary of repeating.
Replacing a manager like Stendel who has managed to come in to English football and adapt enough to prove a success, at least last season, with another coach from abroad with no prior experience of the Championship would be a gamble in Barnsley’s current position, and as Huddersfield found just because you have found success with one foreign coach, David Wagner, does not mean the next one will be an instant success.
In Barnsley’s current position they need a manager who is capable of tightening their defence, but also with the experience of the Championship and the ability to carry out a similar style of play to the one produced by Stendel, meaning it could be a mistake to look to appoint another manager from abroad and expect them to have the impact that Stendel initially had at the club.