Barnsley target St Mirren boss Jack Ross

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 13 February 2018, 11:00

Barnsley have set their sights north of the border in their search for Paul Heckingbottom’s successor at Oakwell.

SunSport reports that the Championship strugglers, who were left managerless a week ago, have opened up talks with Scottish Championship high-flyers St Mirren after identifying Saints boss Jack Ross as their No.1 target.

Bookmakers have reacted to the news by installing Ross as the new leader in the Next Barnsley Manager Market, ahead of England U20s gaffer Paul Simpson, Ipswich gaffer Mick McCarthy, Tykes caretaker Paul Harsley, and Lincoln's Danny Cowley.

Ross has caught the eye following a superb season (so far) with St Mirren who are surely destined for promotion up to the SPL, having accumulated a whopping 54 points from 24 matches. The Saints are currently 14 points clear at the summit of Scotland’s second-tier with 12 matches remaining.

Ross, who played for the likes of Hartlepool, Clyde and St Mirren, began his managerial career at Alloa Athletic in December 2015. The 41-year-old was unable to save the club from relegation but went on to conjure up a club record 10 game winning run the following season, before leaving for St Mirren in October 2016, with Alloa 2nd in League One.

Whether Ross would make the switch at this stage of the season is unknown, especially given that he has the chance to win silverware with the Saints, while Barnsley are currently embroiled in a relegation dogfight.

Last season Ross did turn down the chance to manage Dundee, instead signing a new deal with the Buddies, and may decide to wait until the summer to assess his options.

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