Gerhard Struber has directed Barnsley in England to a 0-3-1 mark.
Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber has agreed to join the Red Bulls.
Football Insider reported Sunday that the 43-year-old has approved a deal with the MLS club. If that report is true, then Struber will replace Chris Armas as the team’s head coach.
The Yorkshire post reported Monday that Struber could announce his departure from the team either Monday or Tuesda.
The report did not say how long the contract would run, but most Major League Soccer teams sign coaches to multi-year deals, many of them three years.
According to the Post, Struber and the Red Bulls agreed to a $2.36 million deal to purchase his rights.
Armas was fired Sept. 4 and the team has been guided by interim head coach Bradley Carnell, formerly an assistant coach in Armas’ regime since.
Struber has been unhappy at the English Championship club. He recently questioned the team’s ambition after its 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough Saturday. Barnsley is in 21st place out of 24 teams with a 0-3-1 record and one point.
“I have other ambitions and aims and I cannot feel that the owners have the same ambitions and goals like me,” Struber was quoted by the BBC. My future is open and we will see.”
His contract with Barnsley runs through the summer of 2022, but he has an exit clause, Sky Sports Austria reported last month.
According to the Yorkshire post, that buy-out clause allowed him to speak to other teams if the fee was met.
After Barnsley’s loss Saturday, he reportedly flew to Austria for a two-day break. Players were expected to return to training Tuesday.
During Saturday’s pre-match press conference, Struber revealed that his representatives have been speaking with other clubs “in the last few weeks and months,” the Post reported.
Struber has coached several Red Bull teams in Europe, including the youth division of Red Bull Salzburg for several years. That include the Under-19 squad from 2009-10, the U-15 side from 2014-1, the U-16 team from 2016-17 and the U-19s from 2017-19.
He began his career at Red Bull Salzburg, when it was known as SV Austria Salzburg, making 50 appearances and scoring three goals as a midfielder from 1995-2001. He also worked as a trainer and talent manager of FC Liefering and coached at Wolfsberger AC.
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