First managerial move of the season: ‘Ambitious’ Gerhard Struber trades Barnsley for the New York Red Bulls

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 October 2020, 15:31

Gerhard Struber has become the first manager in England’s top-four leagues to relinquish his position in the 2020/21 Sack Race after he left his post at Championship side Barnsley.

Struber has decided to trade Yorkshire for the Big Apple after a signing a three-year deal to replace Chris Armas at the helm of New York Red Bulls after the MLS club met a buy-out clause in the Austrian’s contract.

In total the 43-year-old, who previously managed Red Bull Salzburg’s youth teams, won 14 of his 39 matches, drawing eight and losing 17.

Barnsley have now reluctantly been forced to open up the search for their fourth permanent manager since Paul Heckingbottom controversially left the club for their Yorkshire rivals Leeds back in 2018.

Nigel Pearson has emerged as the early frontrunner in the next Barnsley manager market, which also features the likes of Hannes Wolf, Paul Cook, Tony Pulis, Chris Hughton and Danny Cowley, although don’t be too surprised if an unknown European bursts their way into the betting in about a month or so…

READ: Five names in the frame for the Barnsley job

For the meantime assistant head coach Adam Murray is once again expected to look after the first team.

It’s nearly a year to the day when Barnsley surprisingly sacked Daniel Stendel (8th October 2019), before embarking upon a lengthy managerial search which took a whopping six weeks.

Despite initial reservations by many fans, the unknown Struber proved to be a popular pick as he kept Barnsley in the Championship on the final day of the season after his side stunned promotion chasing Brentford at Griffin Park - after Wigan were deducted a dozen points for going into administration. 

His emotional interview in the aftermath of the match made for captivating viewing - watch here.

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Gerhard Struber has switched Barnsley for New York Red Bulls

Given that Struber’s stock has risen significantly over the course of the disrupted 2019/20 campaign, it wouldn’t have come as a huge shock if he’d have been tempted to switch clubs during the brief close season, however that proved not to be the case.

Yet he’s now vacated his post just four games into the new season, having picked up just one point from 12 available. 

“I have other ambitions, aims, and I cannot feel that the owners have the same ambition and goals like me - my future is open and we will see,” Struber said on Saturday after a 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough in Neil Warnock’s 1,500 game, and what has since turned out to be Struber’s final match at the helm.

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