By Dylan Childs

4th Nov, 2020 | 6:01pm

Exclusive: Barnsley coach in contention to land Swindon manager job

Barnsley assistant manager Adam Murray has emerged as a contender for the manager’s job at Swindon Town, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 39-year-old is in the frame to replace newly-appointed Salford City boss Richie Wellens after the Englishman’s move to Moor Lane was confirmed today.

A source at the County Ground has told Football Insider that Murray is being considered by club chiefs for the vacant post.

He was caretaker manager at Barnsley for three games before the recent appointment of Valerian Ismael, helping them to draws against Stoke, Bristol City and Millwall.

Murray has held one full time managerial position in his career, taking charge of now League Two side Mansfield Town between July 2015 and November 2017.

His 71 matches as Mansfield boss yielded 23 wins, 21 draws and 27 losses at a points-per-game average of 1.27.

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Football Insider understands that Murray is keen to become a manager in his own right again after a two-year spell on the coaching staff at Barnsley.

As a player, he played for Derby County and Carlisle United but spent the majority of his career at Mansfield Town where he made 152 appearances.

Swindon Town slipped to a 4-2 defeat away to Plymouth Argyle in League One last night, in what has been a difficult start to life in the division.

The newly-promoted side have won three and lost six of their opening nine fixture and currently sit 20th, two points above the relegation places.

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