There are a whole host of names being banded about in relation to the vacant manager role at Barnsley.
Markus Schopp’s position at the helm became untenable after seven straight losses and a 13 game winless run. Despite finishing fifth in the Championship last season the only aim a new manager will be tasked with is to steady the ship in the short term and maintain the Tykes’ second tier status for another campaign.
Chris Wilder is favourite with the bookmakers, however that has been the case whenever there has been a sacking in the Championship this season. Fulham assistant manager Luis Boa Morte has been touted to be a realistic candidate for the role which may represent a more left field option, an area that Barnsley have excelled in over the last few years.
Garry Monk and Darren Moore have also been included in a long list of names who have not yet been ruled out of the running, with the former out of work since leaving Sheffield Wednesday last season. The Sun suggested that Wilder is the most likely to step into the void yesterday evening but it remains to be seen if the former Sheffield United manager wants to get his hands dirty in a Championship relegation battle.
Former Preston North End and Norwich City manager Alex Neil is still available and has the track record to suggest he could do a good job at Oakwell. The possibilities seem endless and amidst all of this lies a crucial home game for the club taking place on Tuesday evening.
The Tykes welcome Wayne Rooney’s Derby County in hoping to close the four point gap between themselves and 21st position. A defeat to the visiting Rams would see Barnsley finally hit rock bottom in the table, such that is only not the case due to Derby suffering a 12 point deduction earlier on in the campaign.
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Markus Schopp, Daniel Stendel, Gerhard Struber and Valerien Ismael all represented thinking outside the box when looking for a Championship manager. One of the four has failed in the post where the other three brought great degrees of success to the club, it is very hard to predict which way the club will lean having always operated with a longer term view in mind in recent years.