Barnsley have sacked Markus Schopp as manager after a disappointing start to the season has left the Tykes sat in the Championship’s relegation zone.
Schopp replaced Valerien Ismael in late June after Ismael departed the club to join West Bromwich Albion but has struggled to deliver results, which has left the club sat 23rd in the table after 15 games with just one win and on a 13-match winless run.
Their drop in form this season also comes after the Tykes enjoyed a strong campaign last season in which they reached the Play-Offs, where they lost to Swansea in the semi-final stage after losing just three of their last 21 regular season games.
Barnsley Chief Executive Officer, Khaled El-Ahmad spoke on the decision to sack Schopp, as he said: “On behalf of everyone at Oakwell, I would like to thank Markus for the last few months and wish him well for the next step in his career.”
El-Ahmad also addressed supporters by stating that a search for an appropriate manager suited to the club is already underway, as he explained: “I would like supporters to know that the process for finding a suitable replacement is underway and we will announce a new appointment in due course.”
Schopp meanwhile released his own statement in which he said: “I would like to thank all those who have accompanied me in this short but very intense time. It is a pity that our hard work was not reflected in the results. I wish the club all the best for the future and that they will achieve all their goals.”
Barnsley have also confirmed that Assistant Manager, Joseph Laumann will take charge as caretaker manager of the first-team squad for an indefinite period of time, as the Tykes prepare for a relegation six-pointer clash against Derby County on Wednesday 3 November at Oakwell.