BARNSLEY have announced Austrian coach Markus Schopp as their new head coach.

Valerien Ismael left the post last week before being announced as new West Bromwich Albion head coach.

Schopp, 47, joins from a successful spell at TSV Hartberg in the Austrian Bundesliga having previously managed Sturm Graz and St Polten.

“It’s great to come to a country where football is so big, so traditional, especially in South Yorkshire," said the ex-Sturm Graz and Hamburger SV player, who won 56 caps for Austria.

"There are so many clubs and they are so famous and Barnsley, for me, is one of those teams. I will help Barnsley get to where they have been in the last year, I will do everything for that."

Co-chairman, Paul Conway, said: "We are very excited that Markus has signed with Barnsley and will continue the growth of our football club.

"He has had a remarkable career as a player and has been phenomenal growing Hartberg in the Austrian Bundesliga on a small budget.

I am sure all in the town of Barnsley and our 11,000 seasonal members can't wait for the season to start."