Uwe Rosler is understood to be one of the leading candidates to succeed Danny Wilson as the new Barnsley manager.
The Star understands Rosler, who has been out of work since being sacked by Wigan in November, is interested in filling the Oakwell hot seat vacated by Wilson on Wednesday morning.
The German, who came within a whisker of guiding Brentford to the Championship two seasons ago, is believed to be hungry to return to management after three months in the football wilderness.
But The Star also understands Mark Burton and Paul Heckingbottom, the club’s academy chief and senior development coach respectively, have three games in which to prove their worth having been appointed joint caretaker bosses.
The Reds have been keen to do their business behind closed-doors since Ben Mansford was appointed the club’s chief executive following the departure of long-serving general manager and director Don Rowing.
And Mansford has stressed that the club will draw up a private shortlist in the next few days before trying to find a replacement for Wilson who spent 14 months at the helm.
Burton and Heckingbottom have a chance to turn around the Reds’ frustrating fortunes, but with hardly any first-team management experience it’s likely that club owner Patrick Cryne will appoint somebody with a proven track record.
And Rosler, who did well with the Bees and who has experience of managing in the Championship with the Latics, could be the man to turn things around.
Reds’ favourite Neil Redfearn, the Leeds manager, has publicly distanced himself from the job, while out-of-work managers Gary Johnson and Reds’ legend Craig Hignett have been linked with becoming the club’s eighth manager in the last decade.
Meanwhile, on the pitch only youngster James Bree (back injury) will miss today’s away clash with Crawley, while leading scorer Sam Winnall is tipped to return from a hamstring strain.
And former Doncaster boss Dean Saunders, the Crawley manager, has warned against a potential backlash from this weekend’s visitors.
Saunders said: “I’m disappointed because I know Danny and [former assistant boss] Chris [Hutchings] really well and no one likes to see people lose their job.
“It’s a shame but I am just worrying about us. We have got to use the fact they have just lost their manager as a positive.
“They’ll probably change a few players and what can happen is that they get a new lease of life.
“Sometimes players don’t realise the situation the club is in until a manager leaves and when a new one walks through the door they get an extra yard from somewhere.”
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