REPORT: Watford Considering Barnsley Boss Gerhard Struber as Nigel Pearson Replacement

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Watford have made an approach for Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber, according to Adam Leventhal of The Athletic.

Gerhard Stuber Being Considered By Watford

Several Names on the Shortlist

Struber is not the only name on the Watford shortlist, according to reports.

The Watford Observer is reporting that the Hornets have approached Vladimir Ivic, who was recently in charge of Maccabi Tel Aviv.

However, there have been several other candidates linked to the vacant post at Vicarage Road. Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has also been considered to replace Nigel Pearson. Former Leicester City boss Claude Puel is also in the frame for the job.

As a result, the Hornets are clearly taking their time to appoint the right manager, as they look to make an immediate return to the Premier League next season.

Watford were relegated on the final day of the season, suffering a defeat to Arsenal. They were without Nigel Pearson, who, after looking like he had steered the club to safety after taking over in December, was sacked with two games remaining.

It meant that the Hornets were relegated back to the Championship after a five-year spell in the top-flight.

Struber’s Success With Barnsley

Since taking over in November 2019, the Austrian has had a successful period with the Tykes.

Struber helped Barnsley fend off the threat of relegation, despite taking over with the club looking like they would return to League One.

A superb second half of the season saw them collect 33 points, including a run of three wins successive clean sheets.

However, their safety was not confirmed until the final day of the season, when a late goal sealed victory over Brentford.

As a result of their success, Struber’s stock has risen dramatically. The attractive football played by the Tykes during his tenure has already seen him linked with a move away.

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