Bolton Wanderers Handed Boost After Managerial News Emerges

Barnsley are still yet to find a permanent successor for Neill Collins in the Oakwell dugout and more bad news has emerged about the club’s preferred candidate ahead of this Friday’s play-off clash with Bolton Wanderers.

Following a 3-2 defeat away at Blackpool over a week ago, the hierarchy made quite a difficult decision to relieve Collins of his duties less than a fortnight before the play-offs commence. Martin Devaney took charge of the Tykes on the final day of the campaign and guided the side to a 1-1 draw with Northampton Town, sealing a spot in the top six.

Having been in with a shout of achieving a top-two finish as recently as February, following a 2-1 win at home to Derby County, Barnsley eventually ended the campaign in sixth, a whopping 16 points behind the Rams who eventually clinched the final automatic promotion spot behind champions Portsmouth.

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Now, the South Yorkshire outfit must take on Bolton Wanderers over the next week to vie for a place at Wembley where they will meet either Peterborough United or Oxford United should they be successful in the semi-final.

As things stand, Devaney is still in charge of the side ahead of this Friday’s clash at home to Ian Evatt’s Trotters but work has been going on behind the scenes to find a new manager to potentially lead the side to glory.

One man linked with the job over the past week is Dominik Thalhammer, who was most recently the head coach at KV Oostende before the side were relegated to the Belgian second tier last season. Journalist Alan Nixon reported that Barnsley had identified the Austrian coach as their number one target to succeed Collins.

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However, Nixon has issued a further update on the club’s pursuit of the 53-year-old on his exclusive Patreon, claiming that a deal is now off the cards as Thalhammer is struggling to obtain a work permit to manage the English outfit.

Writer’s View

It seems too late now for Barnsley to appoint a manager ahead of this weekend’s crucial semi-final bout with Bolton Wanderers. The likelihood is that Devaney will remain in charge at least until the first leg and possibly the second depending on how Friday’s game at Oakwell pans out.

The Tykes seem to be a mess at the moment. The board felt they had to relieve Collins from his post as the team were at risk of dropping out of the top six heading into the final day of the season but the uncertainty surrounding the next head coach can only be detrimental for the players and their chances of returning to the Championship.

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