Guessing game as Reds get set to name new boss

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BARNSLEY will unveil their new manager at a press conference at Oakwell on Wednesday.

The Star understands the club have got their man, although a deal is subject to both parties agreeing on a definitive contract this week.

And the Reds, who do not want to reveal who Mark Robins’ successor is until the paperwork has been signed, are confident he is the right manager to take the club forward in the Championship. A club insider said: “We’ve got the manager we want, but there’s still a few things to be sorted, so we don’t want to say who it is yet in case there’s any last minute problems.

“There’s a few things to be sorted, but on Wednesday everything will be in place to announce our new manager.”

Chesterfield boss John Sheridan is the latest manager to be linked to the Oakwell hot seat following Robins’ resignation just over a fortnight ago.

Last week Sheridan won the Managers’ Association Manager of the Year award having guided the Derbyshire club to the League Two title.

The club lost just eight of their 46 league games in finishing five points clear of second-placed Bury.

But the 46-year-old has one year left to run on his three-year contract with the Spireites and club chairman Barrie Hubbard will undoubtedly be keen to keep his man.

Stretford-born Sheridan started his managerial career with Oldham before taking over at the B2net Stadium from Lee Richardson in 2009.

In 96 games in charge Sheridan has guided the club to 46 wins and 21 draws, with just 29 losses at an impressive average win percentage of 47.92. As a player Sheridan started his career with Manchester City, before moving to Leeds United where he made nearly 300 appearances between 1982-1989.

Sheridan spent seven seasons with Sheffield Wednesday, playing more than 200 times, and also had a short spell at Doncaster Rovers, before finishing his playing career with Oldham.

The former midfielder also played 39 times for the Republic of Irelandl.

The Reds had urged for patience in the hunt for their new boss afte Danny Wilson and Rochdale manager Keith Hill both slipped by the wayside.

Ex Owls managers Alan Irvine and Brian Laws both applied, as did former Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell, but The Star understands they were not considered because of their previous links to South Yorkshire clubs.