Barnsley Boss Set For Championship Move

Barnsley boss Michael Duff is in talks with Championship club Swansea City to take charge at the Welsh club, as reported by The Independent.

Duff took charge of Barnsley last year and has just completed his first season with the club, guiding them to the playoff final, taking over from his tenure with the Robins.

Talks are reportedly ongoing between Duff and the club and the Swans are making progress but no deal has been made between the two clubs.

Swansea are preparing for life without Russell Martin, the 37-year-old is set to take over at Southampton following their relegation, after leading the Welsh club to a 10th placed finish in the Championship last season. However, the two clubs are currently in dispute over the release clause for Martin, with Southampton believing they should pay the figure expected from a Championship club, while Swansea are holding out for what they would expect from a Premier League club.

Former assistant Chris Davies is expected to join up with former Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, as he takes charge at Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, the Swans held an interest in former Birmingham City boss John Eustace, but Duff has since emerged as the number one candidate for the job.

Duff cut his teeth as a manager during a four-year spell with Cheltenham Town, the club he spent some of his playing days with, during that time he led the club to victory in League Two, as the Robins won their first league title in their history. He went on to lead the club to their highest EFL finish, finishing 14th in League One before he was snapped up by Barnsley.

The former Robins manager has only just completed his first season at Oakwell, finishing fourth in League One and taking the side to a playoff final appearance. The Tykes were hoping for an immediate return to the Championship after being relegated the season before, but it was not meant to be, with the club falling to defeat as Josh Windass headed home in the final minute of extra time, securing a Championship return for Sheffield Wednesday.

Writer’s View

Duff is a manager whose reputation continues to grow, from a Cheltenham perspective, it was a difficult loss to deal with as he departed for Barnsley, but from the same viewpoint, it is fantastic to see someone from the club continue to make their name in football the way Duff has been. The Irishman has a fantastic career ahead of him if he continues to grow the way he has as a manager these past few years.

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