Gerhard Struber leaves Barnsley to become New York Red Bulls manager

Gerhard Struber leaves Barnsley to become New York Red Bulls manager after masterminding Championship club’s escape from relegation last season

  • Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber has left the club to join New York Red Bulls 
  • He helped the Yorkshire club avoid relegation from the second tier last season 
  • The MLS side have paid a significant release clause to make him their new boss 

Barnsley have confirmed Gerhard Struber has left the club after 11 months in charge to become the new manager of New York Red Bulls.

Struber kept the Yorkshire club in the Championship against the odds last season by winning their final two matches against promotion chasers Nottingham Forest and Brentford.

The club were bottom of the table when the 43-year-old was appointed and were able to maintain the second-tier status thanks to Wigan’s 12-point deduction. 

Barnsley have confirmed Gerhard Struber has left the club to takeover at New York Red Bulls

The Bulls have reportedly met a ‘significant release clause’ to tempt the Austrian to the MLS after they sacked Chris Armas last month. 

Speaking about his move to America, Struber said: ‘I am looking forward to getting to know my new team, hopefully very soon,’ said Struber after being announced by New York.

‘We want to pursue very ambitious goals together and develop steadily. The challenge of working in MLS makes me proud and gives me massive motivation for a big opportunity.’ 

The manager masterminded Barnsley’s escape from relegation to League One last season

Barnsley chief executive Dane Murphy thanked Struber for his efforts and achievements over the last year and confirmed Adam Murray had been appointed caretaker boss. 

‘I must start by thanking Gerhard for the last 11 months. Tasked with maintaining the club’s Championship status, he took a difficult position at Oakwell last November.

‘Despite the seven-point deficit and COVID-19, his belief never wavered and the night at Brentford will live long in the memory of all supporters.

‘As much as we wanted Gerhard to remain at Oakwell we were not in a position to deny him this opportunity with a buy-out clause in his contract and his connection within the Red Bull set-up.

‘Looking toward the immediate future, the recruitment process for a replacement has already begun and we will update supporters when appropriate. In the interim, Adam Murray will take charge of first team matters.

‘This club has good people across numerous departments that will do their utmost to assist Adam.’ 

The Yorkshire club were bottom of the Championship when Struber tookover in November

Struber took previous club Wolfsberg into the Europa League and is reunited with the Red Bull franchise having coached various youth levels at Salzburg.

Barnsley have taken just one point from their first league fixtures and Struber questioned the club’s ambition following their defeat by Middlesborough at the weekend.  

‘For me, it’s not the goal to always play in the relegation zone,’ he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

‘I have other ambitions and aims and I cannot feel that the owners have the same ambitions and goals like me. My future is open and we will see.

‘Every year, every season, this is a big, big fight with a big, big energy until the last game to stay in the league – and, one more time, it is a big question to the owners, is this the goal? For me, no.’  

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