Barnsley’s CEO Dane Murphy has said manager Gerhard Struber has a ‘buy-out’ clause in his contract, as per a report by the Yorkshire Post.
The Tykes boss is being linked with a move to Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls.
Struber, who is 41 years old, used to be a youth coach at Red Bull Salzburg so the rumours have some substance behind them.
Not many Barnsley fans knew much about him when he rocked up at Oakwell last season to replace Daniel Stendel. Nevertheless, he kept the Yorkshire side in the Championship against the odds.
The club’s CEO Murphy has said: “It is pretty cut & clear that in his contract, there is a buy-out clause. If it is met, it is up to Gerhard whether he’d like to go or not. But Gerhard has made it clear he wants to be coach of Barnsley Football Club this season.”
He added: “Definitely in this part of the season, whether it is players or head coaches or other members of staff, there can be speculation that they may be going somewhere and then online, it says it is ‘definitely’ happening.
“You just have to steer clear of it and be honest and open about it. Yes, there have been calls and discussions. But there’s nothing concrete. He is our head coach.”
The Austrian boss managed in the youth set-up at Red Bull Salzburg prior to spells at FC Liefering and Wolfsberger.
His contract with Barnsley expires in 2022 and they will be looking to keep him, despite interest from America.
In other Barnsley news, The72 looked at five players who could leave them before the end of the transfer window.