The Sheffield Star understands that Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst was one of three names Barnsley were considering for their vacancy. However, it now looks all but certain that he will become the next boss at Sky Bet Championship side Ipswich Town.
Even though Shrewsbury have claimed that their manager was illegally approached by the Tractor Boys, he is primed to become the permanent successor to Mick McCarthy at Portman Road. He is also highly-rated by the hierarchy at Oakwell, but Championship football is something that Barnsley are currently unable to offer following relegation.
Therefore, it looks like the Tykes will focus their attentions on two other candidates. Grant McCann is the current favourite with Sky Bet, being priced at 4/9 to replace the sacked Jose Morais, who departed following the final day of the season defeat at Derby County which confirmed their relegation. McCann is a former player of the club, and has experience of managing in League One during his time at Peterborough United. He was also linked with the job at Scunthorpe United at one stage, but caretaker Nick Daws was given that job full-time. McCann being out of work certainly would make it easier to appoint him to the job.
The other name supposedly in the frame is Gareth Ainsworth, who guided Wycombe Wanderers into Sky Bet League One, alongside Barnsley, following promotion out of League Two. He has been in the job for a few years now at Adams Park, and has certainly built up a good reputation for himself, progressing the club every season under his stewardship. He is priced at 4/1 with Sky Bet to become the next Barnsley manager.