League Two manager on Tykes radar amid Dominik issue
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League Two manager on Tykes radar amid Dominik issue

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In their hunt to succeed Neill Collins, Barnsley might focus on Mike Williamson, the head coach of MK Dons.

Even though all parties have achieved an agreement, Alan Nixon, through his Patreon account, claims that the anticipated appointment of Dominik Thalhammer may not proceed.
The difficulties Thalhammer had obtaining a work visa may prevent him from moving to Oakwell.
The 53-year-old hasn’t had a job for more than a year; his last recent employment was with Belgian team Oostende.

This could cause issues with him being supplied a work permit to land a job in the United Kingdom, with the League One club now having to appeal the application process, which has delayed an announcement about his appointment.

Although Thalhammer was supposed to take over at the Tykes, if the Austrian is unable to operate legally in the UK, the third-tier team may now need to look elsewhere.

Collins was fired from the position earlier this month, despite the fact that the team was still in the running for a League One play-off spot.

With much fan dissatisfaction over recent results, the team’s form under the 40-year-old had collapsed, ending any hopes of securing automatic promotion back to the Championship. As a result, the Oakwell hierarchy attempted to make a change ahead of their final League One match of the regular season, a 1-1 draw with Northampton Town.

But with the playoffs still to come, the team decided to hire a new manager to increase their chances of making it back to the second division.

With just one game remaining in the regular season, Collins quit after just one win in his last eight games as manager. Collins had only been appointed last summer and had won 24 of his 52 games.

Due to problems with Thalhammer’s appointment, Barnsley may now focus on Williamson of MK Dons in an attempt to appoint a new coach in time for the playoffs.

Williamson has overseen a fourth place finish in League Two this year, having arrived at Stadium MK in October from National League side Gateshead following the sacking of Graham Alexander.

Known for playing an attractive brand of football, ex-Newcastle United defender Williamson has been a boss in senior football for nearly five years now, and he also has his own play-off campaign to focus on as his Dons side take on Crawley Town.

With a 1-1 draw against Northampton Town, Barnsley secured a sixth-place finish, marking the end of the regular League One season on Saturday afternoon.
The Yorkshire team will play Bolton Wanderers in a rematch of last year’s semifinal match, in which Barnsley prevailed 2-1 overall.
Ian Evatt’s team barely missed out on a top two spot by five points in 2024 after finishing fifth the previous year.

Given Barnsley’s poor form in recent weeks, the Whites will be going into 3 May’s first leg as the favourites for many people.

The second leg will take place on 7 May in Bolton.

Barnsley is rapidly running out of time to choose a manager, yet they cannot allow themselves to enter the play-offs without one.
The club will play Bolton at home in a crucial match in only five days, and there won’t be much time to rest before the second leg begins.

Williamson’s transfer might be tricky because MK Dons are also in a play-off, and the League Two team might not want to talk terms until after their promotion fight is over.

This is the worst possible preparation for a play-off, and could be something Barnsley live to regret if they don’t advance past Bolton – it looks more and more likely now that Martin Devaney will have to carry on steadying the ship

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