Wednesday 11


How will the new managers fare in the Championship?

21st November 2019, 15:46 by Alex Jack

With three new managerial appointments in the Championship this month, we have taken a look at how Gerhard Struber, Neil Harris and Michael O’Neill will fare.

Gerhard Struber – Barnsley

Austrian Struber has a massive job on his hands to turn things around at Barnsley this season, the South Yorkshire side having won just once since promotion back to the second tier.

The Tykes are rock bottom of the Championship table with five points between themselves and safety.

Struber took charge of Wolfsberger AC in July and has overseen a decent campaign for the Austrian outfit, who sit third in the Bundesliga and still have a chance of reaching the Europa League knockout stages.

Now the 42-year-old has taken his first job in England and the rigours of the Championship will be apparent soon enough as teams enter the busy schedule around Christmas.

Some suggested Barnsley parted ways with Daniel Stendel too quickly but clearly the hierarchy are looking at Struber as a long-term appointment after he signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Stability is what the Yorkshire outfit need but Struber is going to have to do something pretty special to keep Barnsley in the Championship for next season.


Michael O’Neill – Stoke City

Another manager getting to grips with life in the Championship is Michael O’Neill at Stoke City.

The Potters have turned to the Northern Ireland manager after their failed experiment with Welshman Nathan Jones.

There have been some concerns regarding O’Neill juggling the national job with Northern Ireland and his role at the Potters.

However, O’Neill has allayed those fears and with NI not back in action until March, he has plenty of time to work on things at the bet365 Stadium to get the side on the up.

And, there is no reason why he should not be able to do that.

Stoke picked up a 4-2 win over Barnsley in O’Neill’s first game at the helm and, while there will be much sterner tests to come, the Irishman seems to have already boosted confidence levels in the dressing room.

With the likes of Jack Butland, Tom Ince and Sam Vokes in their ranks and skipper Ryan Shawcross on the comeback trail, Stoke should be able to get themselves well clear of the relegation zone in the coming weeks.


Neil Harris – Cardiff City

One man who won’t be content with just Championship survival is the new Cardiff City boss Neil Harris.

Having seen his lengthy spell at Millwall brought to an end, Harris now has a new challenge in the Welsh capital following the surprising departure of Neil Warnock.

Cardiff are seven points adrift of the play-off places but there is no reason why the Bluebirds can’t push for a top-six finish this season.

Harris knows the league very well and with new players to work with, who have had Premier League experience, the South Wales outfit could well put a run together between now and the end of the regular season.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

More Barnsley


Struber no fan of Boro style

28th November 2019, 15:57

Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber was less than complimentary about the opposition after losing 1-0 at Middlesbrough on Wednesday.


How will the new managers fare in the Championship?

21st November 2019, 15:46

With three new managerial appointments in the Championship this month, we have taken a look at how Gerhard Struber, Neil Harris and Michael O’Neill will fare.


Struber swaps Wolfsberger for Barnsley

20th November 2019, 14:38

Barnsley have ended their six-week search for a boss with confirmation Gerhard Struber has been appointed as the new head coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Recent Sport Headlines

Manchester City

Dinamo Zagreb v Manchester City Team News

11th December 2019, 11:49

Pep Guardiola says he will hand some of his younger Manchester City players a chance to impress at Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich v Tottenham Team News

11th December 2019, 11:49

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is expected to field a youthful starting XI when his side take on Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening.

Manchester United

United to scout World Cup Under-20 stars Buletsa and Supriaha

11th December 2019, 11:27

Manchester United are sending their Eastern Europe scout to watch talented Ukrainian wonderkids Serhiy Buletsa and Vladyslav Supriaha in action this weekend.


Lampard cool on transfer window as Chelsea progress

11th December 2019, 11:26

Frank Lampard says he is keeping calm regards the January transfer window after watching Chelsea make the last 16 of the Champions League.


Andreescu targets world number one spot

11th December 2019, 11:06

Bianca Andreescu says she has "always dreamed" of becoming the world number one and winning "many Grand Slams".


Valverde sets sights on Euro glory

11th December 2019, 10:09

Ernesto Valverde has set his sights on Champions League glory after Barcelona defeated Inter Milan in the San Siro on Tuesday night.


Mixed feelings for Lille boss after Chelsea loss

11th December 2019, 10:09

Lille boss Christophe Galtier was left with mixed emotions following his side’s 2-1 defeat against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Horse Racing Previews

BTO Value Selection

11th December 2019, 09:39

Tuesday’s selection won at recommended odds of 4/1 and there’s another selection for Wednesday’s all-weather action at Kempton.