Barnsley find their man in Jose Morais

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 16 February 2018, 11:17

After a frantic and frustrating search for a new manager Barnsley have at last found Paul Heckingbottom’s successor in Jose Morais.

A whole host of gaffers were linked with the Championship strugglers, including Mick McCarthy, Garry Monk, Danny Cowley, Paul Simpson, Hannes Wolf, Grant McCann, Jack Ross, Cameron Toshack, and Gareth Ainsworth...but now it’s Morais who has put pen to paper and signed an 18-month contract at Oakwell.

Morais was one of three Portuguese coaches - alongside Paulo Sousa and Rui Almeida - who suddenly sprung up in the Next Barnsley Manager Market on Friday morning, and it wasn’t long until bookmakers installed him as the hot odds-on favourite ahead of his fellow countrymen.

Then, just before 11am, Barnsley confirmed the rumours and unveiled Morais as Heckingbottom’s replacement, as he became the second foreign boss in the club’s history (after Gudjon Thordarson).

Morais has enjoyed a varied managerial career since he took charge of Benfica B back in 1999. He’s since had spells in his homeland, Germany, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece and even Yemen, while his last tenure was at AEK Athens.

However, he’s famed for his role as an assistant to Jose Mourinho, with whom he’s won silverware with at Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto, including a famous treble with Inter.

Morais will now be tasked with keeping relegation-threatened Barnsley in the Championship.

The Tykes, 22nd, are currently preparing for Tuesday’s crunch clash against fellow strugglers Burton, with Morais’ men bidding to return to winning ways under their new Portuguese manager, having failed to win any of their last six matches in all competitions.

 

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