Valérien Ismaël going right to the top
One thing that has been evident throughout the season is that Barnsley have managed to find themselves a manager in Valérien Ismaël who is going to be set for a potential career at the highest level. He took over in difficult circumstances following the departure of Gerhardt Struber and has performed an incredible job to get the Tykes into the play-offs.
The way that Ismaël has managed to get the very best out of every single one of the players at his disposal throughout his time in charge shows that he is someone with a lot of ability to coach players and utilise their strengths. While he has also proven himself to be adept at making the right decisions during games with his use of subs that have helped him to edge games in Barnsley’s favour.
Ismaël has already been linked with a potential move to Crystal Palace, and there is sure to be a lot of attention paid to him when jobs become available in the top-flight and top end of the Championship in the summer and beyond. He is clearly in the best place for himself at the moment at Oakwell, but there are genuine signs whatever happens with Barnsley he will be heading for the top.