Football journalist Alan Nixon has taken to Twitter to state that Barnsley are looking at a manager who is working in Germany to take them forwards following the departure of Valerien Ismael.
As revealed by the club yesterday afternoon, the Frenchman’s buyout clause was paid by West Bromwich Albion and as a result, the Frenchman departed Oakwell after being in charge for under a year.
Of course the 45-year-old led the Tykes to an unlikely play-off charge last term and will long be remembered as a man who made their supporters dream of Premier League promotion.
Heard they were looking at someone working in Germany … https://t.co/QBjWfS2zMk
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) June 24, 2021
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Harnessing the energy about the place from his reign will be tough for his successor to do but Barnsley must continue to strive for progression as they look to move on from this whole saga.
The club have gone down the route of appointing coaches from abroad in the past and it has usually paid dividends, so it will be interesting to see which names get linked with the vacancy over the next few weeks.
Most Barnsley fans won’t be surprised to hear that the club are looking to Europe for their next manager, with the likes of Ismael and Gerhard Struber having both cut their teeth abroad before rocking up at Oakwell.
The Tykes have a clear vision for how they want football to be played and it is clear that the new man will have to fit into the philosophy moving forwards.
They simply must look to build upon what was a massively successful season and I think the worry now is that they could go backwards.
Make no mistake about it, this next appointment for the club will be their most important yet as it could be the difference between them sinking or swimming as we head towards the 2021/22 campaign.