Barnsley: Ex Owls boss Megson wants Reds job

Contenders: Ex-Owls boss Gary Megson.       Picture: Steve Ellis.
Contenders: Ex-Owls boss Gary Megson. Picture: Steve Ellis.
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FORMER Sheffield Wednesday boss Gary Megson and ex Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll have both expressed an interest in becoming Barnsley’s new manager, writes Neil Goulding.

But The Star can exclusively reveal that current Brentford boss Uwe Rosler is the Championship club’s number one choice to replace Keith Hill.

Hill was sacked on Saturday after 18 months in charge at Oakwell following a 3-1 home defeat to managerless Blackburn Rovers. That loss saw the club slip to bottom of the league for the first time this season having won only one of their last 14 matches.

And now German Rosler, who played for Manchester City and Southampton, is being lined up as Hill’s successor even though Megson and O’Driscoll have thrown their hats into the ring.

Megson has been out of work since being sacked by the Owls in February, while O’Driscoll was ruthlessly sacked last week as Nottingham Forest’s manager despite a 4-2 win over Leeds United and the club being eighth in the Championship table.

Megson and O’Driscoll both have Championship experience, but Rosler has only managed in League One

Former Chesterfield manager John Sheridan and former Sheffield Wednesday striker Shefki Kuqi have also expressed an interest.

There have even been rumours that former Reds boss Mark Robins could consider a return, but that seems inlikely.

“We’ve got to look at whoever applies for the job very carefully,” Reds’ director Don Rowing told The Star.

“But for now we’re concentrating on our next game against Peterborough United and then our FA Cup game against Burnley.”

The Star understands that, ideally, the club would like to appoint a new boss before their clash with Leeds on January 12.

Meanwhile Hill’s former assistant manager David Flitcroft will take over the side against Posh, but after that match no decisions have been made.

If the Reds did beat Posh at London Road tomorrow Flitcroft could be offered the role for a longer basis, but when The Star contacted him yesterday he preferred not to comment on his future at the club.