Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is now odds-on to become the new manager of Barnsley, according to Oddschecker.
The 58 year-old has been linked with the vacant Barnsley manager’s job after Paul Heckingbottom left the Tykes to join their Yorkshire rivals Leeds United earlier this week. Many bookies are now tipping McCarthy for a shock switch from Ipswich to Barnsley.
McCarthy was born in Barnsley and played over 250 games for his home-town club as a player. He could now be set for a sensational return to Oakwell.
He has done a decent job with Ipswich Town on limited resources and budget. However, his relationship with fans over their style of play has been strained over recent years and the opportunity of Barnsley could be a way out for him.
Barnsley have recently been taken over by Chein Lee, who is also the owner of French giants Nice, and could have a lot of financial backing in the coming seasons. This makes them an interesting proposition for any manager at the moment.
Barnsley’s primary aim is to stay in the Championship this season and Mick McCarthy would be a very shrewd appointment if the odds are anything to go by. He would no doubt be a popular choice at Oakwell.
McCarthy is a vastly experienced manager who has previously been at Millwall, Republic of Ireland, Sunderland, Wolves and now Ipswich. A return to Barnsley could be on the cards for him next. Barnsley have also been linked with Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley and Simon Grayson, though it appears Mick McCarthy is the front runner now.