BARNSLEY have announced their new head coach, six weeks after the departure of Daniel Stendel.

Austrian manager Gerhard Struber was named as the new man today, replacing Adam Murray who had taken caretaker charge after Stendel left.

Speaking to barnsleyfc.co.uk, the new head coach said: “I am extremely happy and proud that everything has worked out and I would like to thank the board for giving me this opportunity. The last couple of days have been extremely exciting and I am ready for the challenge to do everything we can, to keep this club in the Sky Bet Championship.

“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.”

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 Football Club. Gerhard made it quite clear that he believes in our project and has confidence that the club can remain in the Sky Bet Championship under his stewardship, which is the club’s main objective for this season.

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“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.”

Struber, 42, formerly managed Wolfsberger AC in the Austrian Bundesliga, who he leaves third in the league and fourth in their Europa League group with a final group fixture against AS Roma next month.

He came through the youth coaching set up at Red Bull Salzburg - where he played as a midfielder - before a two-year spell at FC Liefering in 2017 led him on to the Wolfsberger role.