Four Managers In The Mix For Barnsley Vacancyby Jack Kitson / 04 January 2013, 10:21Tweet
Barnsley have reportedly cut their shortlist down to just four managers as their search for Keith Hill's successor heats up. According to local newspaper The Star an appointment could be made as soon as Monday, with Kevin Blackwell, Gary Megson, Sean O'Driscoll and Uwe Rosler believed to be the key contenders.
The paper understands that caretaker manager David Flitcroft is not in the frame for the job, despite being the joint favourite with O'Driscoll in the Next Barnsley Manager Market. The 38-year-old is apparently keen to take up the reins on a permanent basis but a lack of experience could count against him. According to the odds, the likes of Neil Redfearn, Carlton Palmer and Mick Mellon are also in the mix.
O'Driscoll is currently unemployed following his shock sacking by Nottingham Forest last week, while Megson is also available having been out-of-work since February after getting axed by Sheffield Wednesday. However, both Rosler (Brentford) and Blackwell (Bury) are in jobs, but the latter is believed to be in a dispute with Bury's owners over finance, although the former Blades manager is also attracting attention from Plymouth.
Flitcroft will still be in the dugout for Saturday's FA Cup third round match at home to fellow Championship outfit Burnley. Paddy Power have priced both teams at 13/8 to claim the win, with a draw available at 23/10. Barnsley's next league match is against Yorkshire rivals Leed at Oakwell on 12th January, by which time the club will hopefully have named their new manager.