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Gerhard Struber named as Barnsley's new head coach

Barnsley have announced Austrian Gerhard Struber as the club's new head coach.

The 42-year-old replaces Daniel Stendel, who left in early October after guiding Barnsley to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

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A statement on the club's official website said:

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Gerhard Struber as Barnsley Football Club's new first team head coach.

"The 42-year-old Austrian arrives at Oakwell with top-level experience, having managed Wolfsberger AC in this season's UEFA Europa League, with impressive results to show for the matches played thus far."

– Official club statement

The appointment ends Barnsley's six-week search for a replacement for Stendel, with Struber tasked with keeping the South Yorkshire club in the second tier.

Barnsley chief executive officer Dane Murphy said:

Gerhard is a young coaching talent that any side would be pleased to have.

"The club had pursued him in the past as his tactical approach and track record of developing burgeoning talent appeals to the core philosophies at Barnsley Football Club."

– Dane Murphy

Struber faces a tough task as the Reds are bottom of the table and five points from safety after failing to win a game since the opening day of the season.