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Markus Schopp gives honest assessment of Barnsley’s predicament

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Markus Schopp is under intense scrutiny in the dugout at Oakwell but believes he can turn their form around.

The 2020/21 play-off semi finalists are currently in the thick of a relegation battle with newly promoted Hull City and Peterborough United, and Wayne Rooney’s Derby County.

The Austrian was understanding of the club’s predicament when he spoke to YorkshireLive.

He said: “If you don’t have the results, everybody is unhappy. I am the first to be unhappy and the players, fans and everyone wants results and we all know how important it is to get a good result to get confidence up.

“But I have always said that these are not excuses, but situations we are facing right now. We have to find the solutions.”

The Tykes travel to the Select Car Leasing Stadium to take on Veljko Paunovic’s in form Reading side on Saturday. Barnsley were quick to pull the trigger on Daniel Stendel when the club were struggling in 2019/20 despite taking them up from the third tier. Defeat this weekend could be curtains.

The losses of Alex Mowatt, Daryl Dike and Valerien Ismael himself have hurt the Yorkshire side considerably and in terms of performances and results they looked every bit relegation fodder before the international break.

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The comments are positive from Schopp, he clearly understands the situation and the extent of the rot Barnsley need to get themselves out of. Rather than trying to make his own transition into English football the reason for a slow start, where lots of other managers would say they have not had enough time, Schopp’s honesty should go down well with the fan base.

If the Tykes can return to the form they showed in the second half of last season then they will get out of this without much concern. The departed trio cannot have had so much of an impact to leave them as a relegation battling side overnight, there are plenty of survivors who performed excellently last term and can again when the pressure is on.


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