Fulham assistant manager Luis Boa Morte is under consideration to become the new Barnsley head coach, according to the Yorkshire Post.
Boa Morte has also been linked with both the Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City jobs in the last week after both clubs parted company with their respective managers, and now the Tykes are said to be looking into his potential appointment.
Barnsley parted company with Markus Schopp yesterday after just 15 Championship matches in charge – a period which only garnered one victory and has left the Yorkshire club in 23rd position.
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Former Portugal international Boa Morte was a player at Fulham for seven years between 2000 and 2007 before departing for West Ham United, and after he hung up his boots he became a youth coach at the Cottagers.
Boa Morte has little experience of managing at a senior level though, with his only role coming between 2017 and 2018 at Portuguese third tier side Sintrense.
The former winger has managed Sporting Lisbon’s under-19’s and also Portimonense’s under-23 squad whilst also being an assistant at Maccabi Haifa and then Everton under Marco Silva, before joining him once again at Craven Cottage this summer.
This would be more of the kind of appointment you’d expect from Barnsley as opposed to the likes of Chris Wilder and Alex Neil.
Whilst the latter two managers have lots of Championship experience, Barnsley in recent years have tended to go a bit more left-field in their choice of managers and it’s normally led them to Austria.
Boa Morte would be an interesting choice though and it definitely seems like he’s actively trying to get into a head coach role himself having been linked to multiple jobs in the last week.
If he could come in and implement the same style that Silva has done at Fulham then it could be a recipe for success, however his lack of experience at being the leading man of a club would mean that it’s a big risk for the Tykes and perhaps once they cannot afford to take at this point.