Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber has revealed he aims to work “at the highest level in the near future”.
The Austrian took charge of the Tykes in November 2019 and despite helping to improve their fortunes on the pitch, his side sit bottom of the Championship.
Barnsley had won just once in their 16 games prior to his arrival but have picked up seven victories in the 19 games since and may feel securing survival in the final nine games of the campaign is not out of the question.
That will be Struber’s short-term goal but the 43-year-old coach has outlined that he has much bigger aspirations than that moving forward.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Austrian revealed he was eyeing up a move to the very top in the near the future.
He said: “When I remember my time, I had my education in the Red Bull world and I believe I brought a good style into Wolfsberger AC. The big thing for me was to work in England and now I have the chance to work with a small club like Barnsley.
“My big aim is to work at the highest level in the near future but, especially right now, my focus is to stay in the league with Barnsley.”
Struber’s appointment at Oakwell came on the back of his success with Wolfsberger AC in his home nation.
The 43-year-old coach took charge there at the start of the 2019/20 campaign and had helped his side climb to third in the Austrian Bundesliga after 14 games, as well as claiming some impressive scalps in the Europa League.
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This is an honest statement from Struber, who is clearly a very driven coach.
His impact on the pitch for the Tykes has been noticeable but they remain bottom of the Championship and look the frontrunners for relegation, which makes this claim quite a bold one.
That said, he is a young coach that has already made some considerable moves in a short career so you wouldn’t write him off.
Barnsley fans may not love to hear their manager discussing this sort of thing while they’re still facing a relegation battle.