This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Barnsley continue to search for a new manager whilst the Championship programme pauses for the international break, with a host of names being linked to the post following the sacking of Daniel Stendel.
Currently in the frame for the job is former Huddersfield Town boss Jan Siewert, who has been out of work since being sacked by the Terriers back in August, after gaining only one win in 19 matches and overseeing relegation from the Premier League.
So would Siewert be a good choice if appointed as manager of Barnsley?
“It’d be a massive, massive mistake.
“Siewert’s record at Huddersfield wasn’t good enough and he couldn’t stop the club’s slide even when they dropped into the Championship.
“In what world does it feel like he’s the man to stop Barnsley slide this year.
“Granted, they are a level lower than Huddersfield were last season, but Siewert hasn’t proved he’s got enough about him for a relegation battle.”
“His record at Huddersfield was awful but, being honest, few managers would have saved that sinking ship in the Premier League.
“He’s got a lot to prove, but deserves the chance to prove it – I just think Barnsley would be another tough job for him to take on, especially after Stendel who really shouldn’t have been sacked.
“For me, Siewert needs to think about this move in terms of his own career as it will be another tough gig at Oakwell this season.”
“I’d have to think so. the Huddersfield job was clearly out of Siewert’s depth and I don’t think that this would be any different.
“I think that supporters wouldn’t be happy with the appointment, and would probably argue that Stendel has shown more pedigree and potential than Siewert has.
“It’s one of those awful dilemmas though, where Barnsley have to make a huge decision on whether to change the style of football in order to stay up or try and stick it out playing a fast, exuberant, brand of football that Siewert could carry on with.
“I think there are much better options out there, and if Siewert is the man then I can’t see anything other than another relegation for the Reds.”