Barnsley: Ex-Reading boss Nigel Adkins latest to be linked with vacant Reds manager job

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Nigel Adkins is the latest manager to be linked to the vacant position at Barnsley.

The former Southampton and Reading boss has been out of management since being dismissed by the Royals in December last year.

And The Star understands Birkenhead-born 49-year-old Adkins, who has also managed Bangor City and Scunthorpe United, is hungry to return to the fold after nearly a three-month absence from the professional game.

And he joins a growing list of managers understood to be interested in becoming Danny Wilson’s successor at Oakwell. Barnsley are understood to have spoken to current Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper, while former Reds players Craig Hignett, Brian Laws, Gary Johnson, Lee Johnson and Paulo Di Canio have all been linked with the job.

However, joint caretaker bosses Mark Burton and Paul Heckingbottom are also understood to be in consideration for the main job having been given three initial games to prove their worth. A 2-0 home win over Crewe on Saturday has helped their respective causes of being considered, although it seems likely that the League One club will plump for someone with more experience.

“I’ve just been told to get on with the job-in-hand - and that’s three points against Scunthorpe,” Burton said.

“So what will be will be on the manager front. I don’t need to apply for the job, results will be my CV. It’s just taking each game as it comes. If we don’t then we’ll lose focus on what we need to do.”

The Reds take on Scunthorpe United at Gladford Park tonight looking to get one over former boss Mark Robins. But although leading scorer Sam Winnall trained with the squad yesterday having returned from a hamstring injury, he will miss tonight’s clash.

Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull could need back surgery that is likely to rule him out for a large portion of the season.

Centre-back Peter Ramage has had re-occurrence of a thigh strain and is not fit to play against The Iron.