By Russell Edge

24th Sep, 2020 | 12:13pm

Exclusive: New York Red Bulls line up shock swoop for Barnsley man

New York Red Bulls are lining up a shock move to make Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber their new manager, Football Insider understands.

The MLS outfit are currently without a head coach after Chris Armas was sacked earlier this month following their indifferent start to the new season.

A source stateside has told Football Insider that the Eastern Conference side have identified Struber as a surprise candidate to take charge despite less than a year at Oakwell and his lack of top-level experience.

The Austrian coach only joined the Tykes back in November 2019 and managed to help the club scrape to survival by a single point in the Championship last season.

His previous jobs include spells as a youth manager at RB Salzburg, a head coach role at Austrian second-tier side FC Liefering and as manager of Austrian Bundesliga outfit Wolfsberger FC.

The 43-year-old has taken charge of 37 games during his time at Oakwell, with 14 wins, seven draws and 16 defeats under his belt so far.

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Barnsley have kicked off the current campaign with losses against Luton Town and Reading to leave them 20th and out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone.

Despite the Tykes’ poor form, New York Red Bulls have been impressed with Struber’s rise and are lining up a move to prise him from the Championship side.

The American outfit currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference of the MLS after five wins, two draws and six defeats.

Former boss Armas was sacked after a 1-0 defeat to DC United at the start of the month, with former South Africa international Bradley Carnell currently the club’s interim head coach.

In other news, Barnsley’s rivals have won the race to sign a 26-year-old after 2-1 deal agreed.