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Barnsley are still to identify a permanent replacement for Neill Collins in the Oakwell dugout, and more bad news has emerged concerning the club’s chosen choice ahead of this Friday’s play-off match against Bolton Wanderers.

Following a 3-2 defeat away to Blackpool over a week ago, the leadership made the painful decision to relieve Collins of his duties less than a fortnight before the play-offs began. Martin Devaney took command of the Tykes on the final day of the season, guiding them to a 1-1 draw with Northampton Town, securing their place in the top six.

Barnsley were in with a chance of finishing in the top two as recently as February, following a 2-1 home win over Derby County, but ended the season in sixth place, 16 points behind the Rams, who eventually clinched the final automatic promotion spot behind champions Portsmouth.

South Yorkshire must now face Bolton Wanderers over the next week in order to advance to Wembley Stadium, where they will face either Peterborough United or Oxford United if they win the semi-final.

As things stand, Devaney is still in command of the team ahead of this Friday’s home game against Ian Evatt’s Trotters, but work has been done behind the scenes to identify a new manager who can perhaps lead the team to victory.

Dominik Thalhammer, who was most recently the head coach of KV Oostende before the club was demoted to the Belgian second division last season, has been connected with the role in the previous week. According to journalist Alan Nixon, Barnsley has identified the Austrian coach as their top choice to succeed Collins.

However, Nixon has provided a new update on the club’s pursuit of the 53-year-old on his exclusive Patreon page, stating that a deal is now off the table since Thalhammer is unable to secure a work permit to manage the English team.

Writer’s View

It appears too late for Barnsley to select a manager before of this weekend’s vital semi-final against Bolton Wanderers. Devaney is likely to remain in command at least until the first leg, and possibly even the second, depending on how Friday’s encounter at Oakwell goes.

The Tykes appear to be disorganized at the moment. The board felt compelled to remove Collins from his position since the squad was on the verge of falling out of the top six coming into the final day of the season, but the uncertainty surrounding the future head coach can only be bad for the players and their hopes of returning to the Championship.

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