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Barnsley announce departure of their manager – reason why revealed

Barnsley announce the departure of their manager Gerhard Struber – and the reason as to why that is has been recently revealed, according to reports.

The Austrian head coach has agreed a three-year deal with MLS franchise New York Red Bulls, who have met a buy-out clause inserted into his Reds’ contract.

It was only a few weeks ago that it was announced he had turned down several offers, having guided the club on their great escape to beat the drop on the final day of the 2019/20 season – although they would have been relegated if not for Wigan’s 12-point deduction for entering administration.

Watford were one of the many clubs interested in appointing in after sacking Nigel Pearson, who is now the favourite to take over at the Tykes.

Struber departs after just 10-and-a-half months at the helm, with Barnsley now searching for their fifth head coach in less than three years.


Gerhard Struber has left Barnsley FC to take the vacant Head Coach position at MLS outfit, New York Red Bulls.

Whilst the Club are extremely disappointed to be losing Struber, the New York Red Bulls have met a significant contractual release clause after several European clubs expressed interest. Gerhard’s close ties to the Red Bull family made the decision for him in the end.

Reds Chief Executive Officer, Dane Murphy explained:

“I must start by thanking Gerhard for the last 11 months. Tasked with maintaining the Club’s Championship status, he took a difficult position at Oakwell last November. Despite the seven point deficit and COVID-19 , his belief never wavered and the night at Brentford will live long in the memory of all supporters.

“As much as we wanted Gerhard to remain at Oakwell we were not in a position to deny him this opportunity with a buy-out clause in his contract and his connection within the Red Bull set-up.

“Looking toward the immediate future, the recruitment process for a replacement has already begun and we will update supporters when appropriate. In the interim, Adam Murray will take charge of first team matters.

This Club has good people across numerous departments that will do their utmost to assist Adam.”

Gerhard leaves Oakwell with everyone’s best wishes and an abundance of thanks for the job he did in 2019/2020. He will always be part of this great Club.


Assistant head coach Adam Murray is expected to take over in a caretaker role.

Speaking after Saturday’s Championship game at Middlesbrough, Struber made it a clear parting shot towards the club’s hierarchy, publicly questioning whether the owners ‘have the same ambitions and goals like me’.

The 43-year-old has been frustrated at the club’s inability to sanction the signings he wanted, more especially up front following the sale of Jacob Brown and the inability to bring in a targetman.

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In a radio interview with the BBC, Struber commented: “For me, it is not the goal to always play in the relegation zone.

“I have other ambitions and aims and I cannot feel that the owners have the same ambitions and goals like me. My future is open and we will see.

“Every year, every season, this is a big, big fight with a big, big energy until the last game to stay in the league. One more time, it is a big question to the owners, is this the goal? For me, no.”

Barnsley have brought in one forward during yesterday’s international deadline, that is 20 year old Celtic striker Jack Aitchison.

Don’t get too excited just yet however as he is viewed as a development signing and will join a League Two club on loan for the rest of the 2020-21 season.

The club announced two departures with Marcel Ritzmaier and Kilian Ludewig heading back abroad.

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