Michael Duff has been officially announced as Barnsley's new head coach on a three-year contract.

The 44-year-old joins from Cheltenham Town, whom he guided to the League Two title last year then their highest ever finish of 15th in League One last season.

He is set to take training tomorrow morning then speak to the media that afternoon.

Duff is not thought to be bringing any coaching staff with him and will work with his former Cheltenham team-mate Martin Devaney who was Barnsley's caretaker manager in the final three games of their Championship relegation season which ended last month.

Duff told the club website: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s taken a little bit of time to get things done and box things off but now I’m here, in the stadium, wearing the kit, I can’t wait to get going now and meet the players.”

““The opportunity came around to manage a club the size of this. I’m ambitious, I want to progress. I just saw it as the next step, and I think me and the club can work hand in hand to hopefully move forward again.”

Barnsley chief executive Khaled El-Ahmad said: “We are pleased to welcome Michael to Barnsley FC. We followed a thorough recruitment process and are happy to have identified such a capable coach who will play an important role in our project at Oakwell.

“His wealth of experience throughout the English footballing pyramid both as a player and head coach will be of great benefit to our players and staff alike. Crucially, Michael is aware of the challenges that League One possesses and as such, we are confident that he is the right man to take us forward.”