BARNSLEY will not appoint a new manager until next week at the earliest, but the club have stressed they are working “tirelessly” to find a replacement for Mark Robins.
Robins resigned 11 days ago after just short of two seasons in charge at Oakwell - and since then the Reds have been frustrated they haven’t found their new manager.
Former Reds boss Danny Wilson was initially lined up but quickly ruled himself out of the running and is now a hot favourite to become the new Sheffield United manager, while Rochdale boss Keith Hill decided to stay and pursue his blossoming career at Rochdale.
Reds owner Patrick Cryne had been in discussions with Hill for the 42-year-old to fill the vacant manager’s position at Oakwell, impressed with his excellent record in getting the Lancashire club promoted to League One and securing their status last season with a top ten finish.
But Hill stressed: “I’m very much Rochdale’s manager and I’ll be working hard towards next season.
“I’ve been in discussions and negotiations with the owners at Barnsley and they’ve been really, really good. It’s been enlightening.
“But at the end of the day I couldn’t commit to Barnsley at the moment.”
The Star understands former Barnsley player Steve Agnew is now one of the favourites, with hot competition from former Charlton Athletic boss Phil Parkinson and current Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade.
Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury is the latest name to be linked to the position, which the Reds are hoping to fill sooner rather than later, especially with next Tuesday the renewal date for season tickets.
“We hope all of our season ticket holders will understand we’re trying to get the best manager we can for the job, we’re hopeful that won’t prevent supporters from renewing their season tickets,” said Reds’ director Don Rowing.
Season tickets are on sale now from £315, which works out an average of £13.70 per game. The club have also introduced a new category for full-time students aged 18-20, at £145, which works out at a cost of £6.30 per match.