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Barnsley managerial update emerges amid reported League One boss approach

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Championship side Barnsley are currently considering Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff as a potential option but other candidates are at a similar stage of the process to the 44-year-old, according to journalist Doug O’Kane.

The Tykes are still on the prowl for a permanent successor to Poya Asbaghi, who was unable to guide the club to safety following a poor start to the 2021/22 campaign under Markus Schopp.

Martin Devaney took charge of the relegated side’s last three games of the season following the departure of the Iranian – and is one name thought to be in the frame for the top job despite not managing to record a single point whilst in caretaker charge.

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However, it looked as though Duff was the favourite to take the role following Gloucestershire Live’s report yesterday afternoon, with the outlet revealing that the South Yorkshire outfit had made a formal approach in their potential bid to lure the ex-Burnley player to Oakwell.

The 44-year-old managed to guide Cheltenham to a respectable 15th-place finish following their promotion from League Two at the end of the 2020/21 season – and their supporters will be hoping to continue benefitting from his expertise in the coming years.

In a boost for them, Duff isn’t guaranteed to leave the Jonny-Rocks Stadium with reporter O’Kane revealing that other managers are at a similar stage of the process as the Northern Irishman.

The Verdict:

On one hand, it’s good that the Tykes are taking their time in their quest to find a new manager because this appointment could be crucial for years to come if they manage to get it right, with a return to the second tier at the first time of asking needing to be the main aim needing next term.

However, this task won’t be simple with Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town, MK Dons, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle and other accomplished teams set to return to the third tier – and one of Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers will also remain in their current division.

The Owls and the Tractor Boys look particularly strong on paper and with MK under the stewardship of Liam Manning, you would certainly bet on all three to give the Tykes a run for their money, so they will need their new manager to hit the ground running.

But Asbaghi’s successor will only be able to do this if he is given sufficient time to plan for the summer window, with other teams already stealing a march on the South Yorkshire side in the free-agent market.

This is why a new man ideally needs to be in place within the next week, giving them the very best chance of being successful in the transfer market, something that will be important following an underwhelming summer window last year.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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