Barnsley have sacked head coach Markuss Schopp following their 2-1 defeat away to Bristol City at the weekend.
The seventh straight defeat left Barnsley four points from safety and only three points above Derby County, who suffered a 12-point deduction earlier this season
Schopp’s sacking is the third in the Championship this season, following Chris Hughton at Nottingham Forest and Mick McCarthy at Cardiff City.
Barnsley also confirmed Joseph Laumann will take temporary charge while they search for a replacement. It is unclear who will take over at Oakwell.
Barnsley Sack Markus Schopp
Barnsley Football Club can confirm the departure of First Team Head Coach, Markus Schopp, with immediate effect.
— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) November 1, 2021
In a statement, Barnsley said: “Barnsley Football Club can confirm the departure of First Team Head Coach, Markus Schopp, with immediate effect.
“The club places on record its appreciation for Markus’ efforts and wishes him the very best in his future endeavours.”
Khaled El-Ahmad, Barnsley chief executive, said: “On behalf of everyone at Oakwell, I would like to thank Markus for the last few months and wish him well for the next step in his career.
“I would like supporters to know that the process for finding a suitable replacement is underway and we will announce a new appointment in due course.”
Markus Schopp added: “I would like to thank all those who have accompanied me in this short but very intense time. It is a pity that our hard work was not reflected in the results. I wish the club all the best for the future and that they will achieve all their goals.”
Barnsley have suffered seven straight defeats with their only win coming in August.
The final straw came this weekend when fellow Championship strugglers, Bristol City, recorded their first home win of the season against Schopp’s side.
Barnsley’s poor form is starker when Derby are just one win away from going level on points with them at the bottom of the table.
They have scored just ten league goals this campaign – the second worse in the division – leaving them in a desperate position.