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Now that Valerien Ismael has left Barnsley FC to take charge at West Brom, it means that the former are looking for a new manager, with the Yorkshire club casting their net far and wide as they hope for someone who can help the Tykes challenge for promotion for the second season running during the 2021/22 campaign.
The early betting markets suggest that Chris Wilder could be a major runner and the former Sheffield United boss has got course and distance when it comes to the Championship, having steered the Blades into the Premier League after just two seasons in charge at this level after enjoying promotion from League One.
However, Barnsley regularly recruit relatively unknown managers from overseas and it’s hardly a surprise to see Markus Schopp among the betting favourites. While the Austrian might be barely known in England, he is the Head Coach of TSV Hartberg and has been linked with the possibility of taking charge at Oakwell.
There are also some familiar names near the top of the next Barnsley FC manager betting market, with Gareth Ainsworth, Derek McInnes and Phil Parkinson all trading at similar betting odds. The former has done exceptionally well with Wycombe Wanderers, while McInnes and Parkinson could also be a decent fit for a club who reached the Championship play-offs last term.
Will Wilder Return to Football Management at Barnsley?
Chris Wilder has been doing some stellar media work since stepping down as manager of Sheffield United, with the Yorkshireman biding his time before making a return to management although it’s entirely possible that the former Northampton boss will be sounded out about the prospect of taking charge.
Wilder’s reputation is a sparkling one considering that he took charge of Sheffield United when they were a League One side and it was something of a surprise that he left Bramall Lane despite Sheffield United struggling badly last term, especially considering he kept them afloat the previous season.
Wilder has previously been linked to the positions at Crystal Palace and West Brom, although the 53-year-old might feel as though the lower-pressure situation at Oakwell will enable him to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion.
Markus Schopp Could Be Leftfield Barnsley Pick
Barnsley are very specific about the style of football that they want to play in the Championship, with chairman Chien Lee having previously recruited managers like Daniel Stendel and Valerien Ismael who have come in and brought about an attacking brand of football for a Yorkshire club who are cementing themselves as a Championship outfit.
Therefore, we might see Markus Schopp become the latest unknown manager to find his way into the Championship and he is currently in charge of TSV Hartberg who he steered to fifth place two seasons ago which meant that the club participated in last season’s Europa League.
Would Eddie Howe Be Prepared to Take Championship Job?
Considering that Eddie Howe spent much of the summer being linked to the Celtic FC manager’s position, perhaps it would be a fall from grace if the former Bournemouth manager took this vacant position although the ex-Cherries boss can potentially fit into the club ethos with his style of play.
Howe is highly regarded and is continually linked with a number of managerial vacancies when they come available, with the 43-year-old happy to bide his time although BetVictor have chalked him up as one of their betting favourites.
Ainsworth and Parkinson Also Short in the Barnsley Betting
Gareth Ainsworth might have gone down with Wycombe Wanderers in the Championship last term, although the Chairboys had no right to be in the English second flight this season, with the manager having immense popularity at Adams Park and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he sought out new pastures.
Ainsworth is a likeable character who is a proud Yorkshireman and perhaps this opportunity could be too good to miss for someone who has been with Wycombe on a long-term basis and there’s plenty to like about his attacking brand of football.
Phil Parkinson has managed six different Football League clubs and perhaps he might have burnt his bridges after the Sunderland job, although he previously enjoyed success in charge of Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers.
Indeed, Parkinson will feel as though there’s something left in the tank at the age of 53, with the former Hull City boss looking to get back into management after leaving Sunderland in 2020