Former QPR, Swansea and Leicester boss Paulo Sousa shock favourite for Barnsley job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 16 February 2018, 09:29

Paulo Sousa has been catapulted to the top of the Next Barnsley Manager Market as the club’s search for a new boss takes yet another surprise twist.

In the last couple of days Barnsley have been rejected by Wycombe in their pursuit of Gareth Ainsworth, turned down by St Mirren gaffer Jack Ross, while Swansea coach Cameron Toshack - son of John - is reportedly in talks with the Championship club.

However, few (if any) could have envisioned Sousa storming to the summit of the betting on Friday morning, with Bet Victor pricing the Portuguese coach at evens to return to England with the Tykes.

Sousa began his managerial career with QPR back in 2008, while he went on to lead Swansea and Leicester on these shores, then the likes of Videoton, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Basel, and Fiorentina. At the time of writing he’s in charge of Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian.

At first club QPR Sousa was axed after five months following claims that he “divulged highly confidential and sensitive material” in relation to Dexter Blackstock’s loan to Nottingham Forest.

He then led Swansea to their best-finish in 27 years - paving the way for Brendan Rodgers’ league successor - before leaving for Leicester, something he later stated he regretted as his Foxes tenure lasted just 86 days.

Sousa, who won the Champions League twice as a player, has since gone on to win league titles in Israel and Switzerland, and domestic cups in Hungary. Sousa also spent two years in charge of Fiorentina, finishing 5th and 8th, while he’s currently preparing for the new Chinese Super League season with Tianjin Quanjian.

Considering there’s only two weeks to go until the campaign gets underway a sudden move from China over to the Championship seems unlikely. At the time of writing there’s no clear reason why he’s suddenly the favourite for the Barnsley job, meaning it could well be worth taking advantage of some juicy prices elsewhere in the market.

Meanwhile, Barnsley (22nd) are next in action on Tuesday at home to relegation rivals Burton Albion, who are currently bottom of the table, three points adrift of the Tykes.

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