Top men going for Barnsley job

Barnsley v Millwall'Jacob Butterfield tries to find a wat past the ever present Nadjim Abdou
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BARNSLEY Football Club have had interest from France and Italy for the vacant manager’s position following the recent resignation of Mark Robins.

BARNSLEY Football Club have had interest from France and Italy for the vacant manager’s position following the recent resignation of Mark Robins.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Reds’ director Don Rowing revealed: “We’ve had a lot of interest in the position, we’ve had around 20 applicants so far.

“There’s a real sprinkling of managers with Championship experience down to the lower leagues.

“But we’ve also had interest from foreign managers. We’ve got applications from France and Italy.

“It’s still very early days, but we’re pleased with the interest we’ve had so far.”

It was widely reported that former Reds’ boss Danny Wilson was set to a return to Oakwell following Robins’ departure.

But The Star understands Wilson is unlikely to be the new boss, with the 51-year-old heavily linked with becoming Micky Adam’s successor at South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United.

Already former West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo, ex-Newcastle boss Chris Hughton, Rochdale’s Keith Hill, Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale and former Reds defender Darrren Moore have been linked with becoming Robins’ successor.

Club owner Patrick Cryne has stated that he would like to find a new manager as quickly as possible, with an appointment even possible by the end of the week. But both Rowing and Cryne have stressed that the club will be making sure they take their time to make sure they find the right man for the job.

“We are considering things very carefully and the fans should know that we’re working very hard to make sure we get the best person for the job,” added Rowing.

“We’re pleased with the response we’ve had for the position and we do expect a lot more applicants over the next few days.

“At some stage myself, Patrick and [club director] Barry Taylor will get together and compile a shortlist and we’ll probably start interviewing for the job at some stage next week.”

Meanwhile, Rowing has quashed speculation that the Reds’ young midfielder Jacob Butterfield is about to leave the club.

Aston Villa, Wolves, Queen’s Park Ranges and Leicester City are all rumoured to be interesting in signing Butterfield, who has a year left to run on his Oakwell contract.

But Rowing said: “We’ve had no contact with any clubs wanting to sign Jacob, as far as we’re concerned he’s still a Barnsley player. It’s just rumours.”