Talks to appoint Gerhard Struber as Barnsley boss still ongoing

Barnsley are still working on a deal to appoint Gerhard Struber as their new manager.

Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 7:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 10:01 pm
Wolfsberger AC manager Gerhard Struber is believed to be on the verge of being appointed as Barnsley's new boss (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Reds are in the end-game of their pursuit for Daniel Stendel's successor following the German's exit early last month.

The Wolfsberger boss, unknown in these shores, has emerged as their number one target with talks at an advanced stage. He has not taken training at his club for the last two days.

Barnsley will have to pay compensation for the 42-year-old, who has guided the Austrian outfit to third in their domestic league while they pulled off some impressive results in their maiden Europa League campaign.

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Adam Murray has been in caretaker charge since Stendel's exit and has won plaudits for the job he has done in his five games at the helm.

It is unclear what the future holds for him or Stendel's former backroom staff of Dale Tonge and Chris Stern if Struber is appointed.

Meanwhile, Reds defender Toby Sibbick has branded team-mate Kenny Dougall as one of the best players he has played with.

The Australian midfielder has recently returned to the side following a leg break that ruled him out for the best part of seven months.

His influence back in Reds midfield has not go unnoticed, with defender Sibbick his chief cheerleader.

“I have said to a few of the boys he is one of the best players I have played with,” Sibbick said.

“He is excellent. He sweeps up everything and he is excellent on the ball.

“He breaks up their attacks as well and sets us up going forward.”