Oldham boss Lee Johnson is expected to be appointed as Barnsley manager imminently.

The 33-year-old leaves the Latics in ninth position in League One, seven places higher than his new club. BBC Radio Sheffield reports that compensation is close to being agreed between the two clubs with Johnson watching Barnsley’s game against Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

The Tykes sacked manager Danny Wilson on 12th February and caretakers Mark Burton and Paul Heckingbottom have been in charge since then. Barnsley are just four points off the play-offs despite their stuttering season.

Johnson was appointed as Oldham manager in March 2013, becoming English football’s youngest manager at only 31. He saved Oldham from relegation that season and guided them to 15th last term. Johnson has a mixed record at SportsDirect.com Park with 36 wins, 35 losses and 32 draws. Barnsley previously said in a club statement that:

 “The Club can assure fans that a suitable candidate will be selected and in place at the earliest opportunity. While media speculation will be constant during the search, the Club will aim to select the correct candidate in private and will make a further announcement as and when it is appropriate.” 

While Johnson is one of the youngest managers in the Football League, he is also one of the most experienced. His first game in charge is expected to be Saturday’s game at Gillingham.


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