Five things to know about Barnsley caretaker manager Adam Murrayby Jack Kitson / 18 October 2019, 15:25Tweet
If Adam Murray is keen on changing his current status as Barnsley's ‘caretaker’ to that of ‘Head Coach’ then he has the perfect opportunity to make an instant impact on Saturday when the Tykes face high-flying Swansea - the club’s first match since Daniel Stendel’s sacking.
"The club has a philosophy and a DNA and that won't change," Stendel’s temporary replacement told BBC Sport ahead of this weekend’s clash at Oakwell.
"There will be bits that we tweak but nothing major. The main thing at the moment is the players' confidence."
Below we take a look at Murray’s managerial journey so far…
Influenced by Chris Wilder
Murray played under the now Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder during his time at Oxford, a boss who in turn helped fuel his ambition to get into coaching.
“He brought a lot of new ideas in which at the time at Oxford, we were struggling, and he put a lot of structure and organisation in, he did things a little bit differently and I thought ‘You’re decent, I like this’,” Murray previously told The Football League Paper.
He was the Football League’s youngest manager
Back in 2014 Murray became the youngest manager in the Football League after he was named as Paul Cox’s successor at Mansfield following a successful stint as caretaker.
Murray, who was 33 at the time, described his player-manager appointment as the “proudest day of his career”.
Murray had previously helped the Stags win promotion to League Two, combining his captaincy and assistant manager roles in the club’s National League title-winning 2012/13 season.
Led Mansfield to their second-highest standing in 14 years
After his appointment was made permanent Murray proceeded to save Mansfield from the dreaded drop down to non-league, then in his first full season in management he led the Stags to 12th, their second-highest position in 14 years.
He then departed his post in November of the following season, leaving the club after 14 years as a player, assistant, caretaker, and manager.
His last permanent post was at Boston United
Less than a month after leaving Mansfield, Murray was back in the dugout with Boston United, who at the time of his appointment were struggling in the National League North.
He proceeded to keep the club in the division, steering the club 12 points adrift of safety. But tendered his resignation after 10 months following a disappointing start to the 2017/18 season.
“Boston had a fantastic chairman and it was a fantastic club, but for me career-wise it was probably the wrong move,” he would later reveal.
What’s he been up to at Barnsley?
Murray had a short spell at National League side Guiseley AFC as an assistant to his former Mansfield manager Paul Cox, but then moved to Barnsley after Guiseley dismissed the management team.
At Barnsley he oversaw the U18s team, and ended the 2018/19 campaign with a run of six wins from seven games. In the summer he became part of Stendel’s coaching staff, and since the German’s departure he’s been tasked with leading the first team.