Gerhard Struber: Barnsley appoint Wolfsberger AC boss as head coach

Gerhard Struber
Gerhard Struber had been in charge of Austria side Wolfsberger AC since January

Barnsley have named Wolfsberger AC boss Gerhard Struber as their new head coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The 42-year-old guided the Austrian club to a third-place finish in his home country's top tier last term, qualifying for the Europa League.

The Tykes, who parted company with Daniel Stendel last month, are without a win since the opening weekend of the season and bottom of the Championship.

Adam Murray drew three and lost two of his matches in caretaker charge.

Wolfsberger AC are bottom of their Europa League group, three points behind leaders Istanbul Basaksehir, after drawing with Italian side Roma and winning 4-0 at Borussia Monchengladbach of Germany, along with two defeats.

'We can keep this club in the league'

Struber, who has also previously coached at Red Bull Salzburg, has agreed a deal until 2022, with an option for a further year.

He told Barnsley's website: "I am extremely happy and proud that everything has worked out and I would like to thank the board for giving me this opportunity.

"Now is a time for everyone to pull together, the board, the management team, the squad, the wider club staff and of course our passionate supporters.

"If we can do this together, we can keep this club in this league. I can't wait to start working for this club and town, and especially to meet you all at the game this weekend."

Alex Mowatt, Conor Chaplin, Jacob Brown and Andy Murray
Barnsley have conceded more goals than any other Championship side this season (33) and their goals tally (16) is the joint third lowest in the division

The Oakwell club, who were promoted from League One under Stendel last term, will face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Chief executive Dane Murphy said: "Gerhard is a young coaching talent that any side would be pleased to have.

"The club had pursued him in the past as his tactical approach and track record of developing burgeoning talent appeals to the core philosophies at Barnsley FC.

"This was a long, arduous process that tested the patience of many working to better the club. In the end the labour has bore fruit and we are anticipating an enticing brand of football with Gerhard at the helm."

Former Queens Park Rangers defender Matt Rose, 44, has joined the Tykes as first-team coach replacing Chris Stern, who has left Oakwell.

Another of Stendel's former coaching assistants, Dale Tonge, remains at the club but Barnsley say "further changes are to be expected over the coming days" as Struber finalises his backroom team.

He may be joined by assistant coach/video analyst Maximilian Senft, who Wolfsberger say "will also leave the club for England".

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