Peterborough boss Grant McCann in contention for Barnsley return as manager

by Jack Kitson / 09 February 2018, 15:41

Barnsley may have been rocked by the shock departure of Paul Heckingbottom to rivals Leeds, but so far there have been no shortage of interesting names in the frame to replace him in the Tykes dugout.

Lincoln boss Danny Cowley was installed as the early favourite for the post, before he was replaced by former Barnsley player and current Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy at the top of the market, while Simon Grayson has also emerged as one of the prominent figures in the betting.

The trio of managers have since been joined by Grant McCann, the Peterborough United boss, who is now reportedly on Barnsley’s radar (The Telegraph).

McCann, who spent 14 months at Barnsley as a player back in late 2006 and early 2007, has been catapulted into the upper echelons of the Next Barnsley Manager Market, with bookmakers Bet Victor currently pricing the 37-year-old at 8/1 to jump up a division.

McCann has been at the helm of Peterborough since May 2016. Last season the club finished 11th in League One, while they’re currently 8th in the table, five points off the top-6 but with a couple of games in hand.

Should Barnsley be interested in snapping up their former player then they will have to pay out in compensation as he still has two and a half years remaining on his current contract at Peterborough.

McCann has been likened to his former Barnsley teammate Heckingbottom, with both managers a similar age and known for their focus on youth development.

Heckingbottom was responsible for overseeing the early careers of Premier League stars John Stones, Alfie Mawson and Mason Holgate, while League One’s hottest goalscorer Jack Marriott and winger Marcus Maddison have thrived under the leadership of McCann.

In the meantime Barnsley’s first team will be led by the club’s under-23s manager Paul Harsley (25/1) this weekend when they face Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Oakwell.

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