KEITH Hill will be interviewed on Monday to become the new Barnsley manager.
Reds directors Don Rowing and Barry Taylor will sit down with the Rochdale boss to see whether he’s the right man to succeed Mark Robins.
And if negotiations go well The Star understands that Hill will be offered a rolling 12-month contract at Oakwell.
“The board can confirm that Barnsley FC have been given permission to speak to Keith Hill regarding our first-team manager vacancy,” said a Barnsley FC statement.
“We are still in the process of qualifying our shortlist and seeking permission to speak is the normal protocol for interviewing employees of other clubs.”
However, the statement warned: “This development should not be taken by our fans to mean an imminent announcement of an appointment.”
A Rochdale statement said: “It is with great reluctance that the Rochdale board of directors have given their permission to Barnsley to speak to Keith and, in doing so, the board of directors honour the agreement they have with Keith.”
Rochdale chief executive Colin Garlick said: “Things in football can happen very quickly.”
This season Hill guided Rochdale to the brink of a play-off berth with 68 points, only three short of sixth place. Reds: P42