Barnsley: Gerhard Struber acknowledges size of task after taking reins at Oakwell

New Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber knows he has a huge challenge on his hands as he tries to resurrect the struggling Championship club.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 5:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st November 2019, 5:35 pm
New Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber

The Austrian was announced as Daniel Stendel’s successor at Oakwell on Wednesday, leaving Wolfsberger AC to sign a deal until 2022.

The Reds are currently bottom of the Championship, five points from safety, having not won since the opening day of the season.

But Struber says he could not turn down the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream and work in England.

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"Football is always a gamble,” he said at his unveiling.

"I know what we can do together and this is a big challenge and not a simple task to work and stay in the league. It is a big challenge, but I love it.

"I like to come out of my comfort zone and good challenges. My dream is to always work in England, it is the mother of football.”

Barnsley started their first season back in the second tier with an impressive 1-0 win over title favourites Fulham.

But the Tykes have struggled ever since and have not won in 15 matches, conceding 33 goals.

"We know we have a young team, which we can make better in tactical situations, especially in defence,” Struber added.

“We have a big faith that we will stay in this league.

"I have watched many games. The team is OK, but there are individual mistakes. I know what I must do to get rid of the mistakes.

"I see a big heart in this team, I am convinced we will change the results and performances."

Struber has already started to build his coaching staff, bringing in Max Senft and Matt Rose.