Michael Duff and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink are two names on the current five-man shortlist for the vacant Barnsley FC head coach job, chief executive El-Ahmad has confirmed.
Final interviews are due to take place over the next week with the plan to have someone in place by Monday, June 13.
El-Ahmad confirmed that Chesterfield boss Paul Cook was not someone he had spoken to.
He added that Martin Devaney would not get the head coach job but would be involved in the first team coaching set-up.
Duff and Hasselbaink are in currently in charge of the Reds’ new League One rivals Cheltenham Town and Burton Albion respectively.
On the managerial search in general, El Ahmad added: “There are three buckets. One is very experienced, one is up and coming with not much experience and the other is what I call a solid candidate with some seasons behind them. We want a manager who wants to come to Barnsley. It has to be the right fit.”
The chief executive said the Reds had rejected some bids for players this summer. He added that they had agreed with some that the time is right for them to leave this summer as the club must sell to offset a loss of £7-8million for relegation.
He was speaking at a press conference alongside new chairman Neerav Parekh, new board members Jean Cryne and Julie Anne Quay.
Full details in Friday's Chronicle.