Barnsley decided to part company with Daniel Stendel earlier this week, after a run of ten matches without a win in the Championship.
Stendel took charge at Oakwell last summer and was able to guide Barnsley to automatic promotion from League One in his first season English football, although the club has struggled since their return to the second tier.
Barnsley are without a win since the opening day of the season and are currently inside the relegation zone in the Championship, two points from safety.
First-team coach Adam Murray has been placed in temporary charge at Oakwell and the club have just over a week to appoint a new manager before their next game against Swansea City.
Here are the three standout options for the Barnsley job in our eyes…
3. Bobby Hassell
There’s no doubt that Barnsley needs to appoint someone with experience, but they also need somebody who will be able to build on the success that Stendel achieved at Oakwell.
Bobby Hassell has been linked with the job and he could be a good option for the Tykes. He already knows the club very well and as a former Barnsley captain, it’s certainly an appointment that the supporters at Oakwell would be able to get behind, which is exactly what the club needs.
Given that Barnsley have got a lot of exciting young players in their squad, Hassell’s experience as the club’s academy manager could prove very useful. He’ll already know some of the players and should understand how to get the best out of them.
It would have to be considered a bit of a risk, especially when there are more experienced managers currently available, but if he can adapt to the challenges of managing in the Championship, it’s a gamble that could pay off for Barnsley.
2. Gary Rowett
Having made the decision to part ways with Stendel, Barnsley needs to make sure that they appoint a manager with experience. They need somebody who knows how to achieve results at this level and that will be able to make an impact straight away.
Garry Rowett is a somebody who is available and he’s got plenty of experience in the Championship. He did a great job in turning things around at Birmingham City and was also able to guide Derby County to the play-offs.
He’s got a point to prove in the Championship following his disappointing spell in charge of Stoke City, where he was sacked halfway through last season, but he’ll know exactly what to expect when it comes to coping with the challenges that come with managing at this level.
1. Tony Pulis
Tony Pulis has been out of work since Middlesborough decided not to renew his contract after he failed to guide the club to promotion from the Championship last season, but he could be exactly what Barnsley need.
There aren’t too many more experienced managers out there than Pulis and he knows exactly what it takes to achieve success in the Championship. He’ll know how to get the best out of the players and should be able to help the club get their season back on track.
His appointment might not go down too well with Barnsley fans due to his reputation for having a defensive style of football, but Pulis knows what it takes to get results at this level and that’s exactly what the club needs at the moment.
Barnsley have the joint-worst defence in the Championship this season and it’s going to be very difficult for them to avoid relegation if they continue to concede so many goals, but Pulis would know how to change that.