O’Driscoll mulls over Reds offer

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SEAN O’Driscoll is set to become Barnsley’s new manager.

The Star has discovered that club directors Don Rowing and Barry Taylor met with O’Driscoll at a secret location on Thursday – and the former Doncaster Rovers’ boss was formally offered the position.

Club owner Patrick Cryne is also believed to be integral in identifying O’Driscoll as the club’s number one target.

And if O’Driscoll can agree personal terms over the weekend, having asked for time to mull over his offer, he is expected to be installed as Keith Hill’s successor as early as Monday.

Although O’Driscoll was recently sacked by Nottingham Forest, it is understood that he wants to make a quick return to management despite reports that he is happy to take time away from the game.

His track record at Doncaster was excellent and, before his departure at the Keepmoat, O’Driscoll built a solid foundation for success.

He was sad to leave Doncaster and since he left the club were relegated from the Championship to League One.

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler has been one of over 30 applicants for the job but it is understood the German was keen to continue his career at Griffin Park.

The Reds have won just won one of their last 15 matches and picked up just seven points from a possible 45 from those 15 fixtures.

“The fact is that we need to give ourselves a fighting chance of staying in the division from the position we find ourselves in,” stressed Rowing. “We don’t want to be bottom of the league and nor do our supporters, they deserve better.

“We’re not prepared to comment on who the new manager might be, other than to say we’ve got a short list and we’re working hard to get the manager we feel is the right man for the job.”

Meanwhile, leading scorer Craig Davies is closing in on his move to fellow Championship club Bolton Wanderers.

The Reds have had three bids for the player from Crystal Palace, Blackpool and Bolton, but Davies is keen to join the Trotters.