Barnsley close in on Europa League coach as new boss

Wolfsberger manager Gerhard Struber is the frontrunner to land the Barnsley job.

Monday, 18th November 2019, 3:56 pm
Updated Monday, 18th November 2019, 3:59 pm
Barnsley target Gerhard Struber, the current boss of Wolfsberger AC

Reports in Austria suggest the 42-year-old is in the final stages of talks with the Reds, discussing details such as his coaching staff, and missed training in Europe on Monday.

Struber, a former midfielder, worked his way up through the ranks on the coaching staff at Red Bull Salzburg.

He was appointed as Wolfsberger earlier this year and they are currently third in the Austrian Bundesliga and also in the Europa League, where they are still in contention for the knockout stages.

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The Oakwell club have been looking for a manager since they sacked Daniel Stendel over four weeks ago.

Adam Murray has been in caretaker charge and has led his side to three draws from his five games in charge.

The former Mansfield boss was always reluctant to nail his colours to the mast in terms of wanting the job permanently, and that now looks a sage ploy as Struber looks set to get the role.

Despite that, Murray has won favour with the Reds squad, who have enjoyed his methods.

Conor Chaplin said: “He has got great ideas, we have worked on a few things and in terms of performances it has been really good since he has taken over.

“He has created a really good atmosphere in the changing room and on the training pitch. “It is something that is really exciting.

“He is really good, I speak on behalf of the lads that everyone has enjoyed working with him, he has instilled a mentality in the dressing room that we can compete with everyone in this league.”