Barnsley have been dealt a blow in their search for a new head coach after Marcel Rapp turned down the top job at Oakwell.
The Tykes are on the lookout for a successor to Gerhard Struber after the Austrian left the club to join MLS outfit New York Red Bulls earlier this month.
Whilst a host of names have been linked with the vacancy, the club haven’t made significant progress and Transfermarkt have claimed that Rapp has rejected the chance to move to Barnsley.
The 41-year-old is currently in charge of the Hoffenheim U19 side and the report claims that he made it clear he does not want to consider a move to the Championship just yet.
Rapp is very highly-rated by the German club and stepped in as part of the coaching team to lead the first-team after Alfred Schreuder was sacked by the Bundesliga side earlier this year.
The Yorkshire club had clearly hoped Rapp could replicate the success of Daniel Farke and David Wagner who swapped jobs with youth teams in Germany to come to the Championship and both won promotion.
This is a blow for Barnsley as the fact they have tried to make contact with Rapp suggests he is someone the board rate highly.
Obviously, we don’t know how he would’ve done but it’s the sort of appointment that you would expect the Tykes to make as they have shown in the past they are willing to take a chance on people and generally speaking, they’ve done very well with who they’ve brought in.
So, even though it’s tough, the fans need to trust the hierarchy to get this appointment right and they will hope for some progress in the coming week.
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