Grant McCann is a frontrunner for the Barnsley job, according to the Sheffield Star.

The Tykes will be playing in League One next season following their relegation from the Championship. They are also in the hunt for a new manager after Jose Morias left them at the end of the season.

Barnsley could now offer a route back into football for Grant McCann to replace Morias. The 38-year-old has been out of work since February after he was sacked by League One side Peterborough United. However, Barnsley are looking to appoint a young manager and McCann could fit the bill.

Other names such as Wycombe Wanderers’ Gareth Ainsworth, Barnsley-born boss Mick McCarthy and League One promotion specialist Simon Grayson have all also been linked with the job but it is now McCann who leads the race for the Oakwell hotseat.

McCann, who made 39 caps for Northern Ireland in his career, played for Barnsley for two seasons as a player. He spent the 2006/07 season on loan at Oakwell from Cheltenham Town and joined them on a permanent basis in the summer of 2007, before leaving them a year later to join Scunthorpe United.

He retired in 2015 and returned to Peterborough United in a coaching capacity. He was appointed their manager in May 2016 and he guided them to an 11th place finish in League One. However, he was sacked by the Posh in February after no wins in eight games.

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