After just avoiding relegation from the Championship last season, Barnsley will be keen to freshen things up this summer.
New signings are likely to be coming through the door as Gerhard Struber looks to ensure there will be no close call again this season.
So far there have only been departures from Oakwell, but they’ve now completed their first signing of the summer, although not on the playing staff.
No, according to La Ola 1, their first signing this summer is a new assistant manager in the shape of Wolfgang Luisser.
They explain that after Maximilian Senft decided to return to Austria, Barnsley were on the hunt for a new assistant manager, with Struber ‘redesigning his coaching team’.
That has started at the top with the signing of Luisser, who previously worked as assistant manager at SCR Altach and for the ÖFB U21 national team.
He’s spent the last year on ‘educational leave’, exploring the different sides of football on something of a world tour, but will now be rocking up in Barnsley, something he confirmed when asked by LA Ola 1.
“It is correct that I have signed a two-year contract with Barnsley FC. I am flying to England with Gerhard Struber on Friday, and then training will start,” he told them.
“I was there a month ago, looked at everything and also went to the game against Leeds.
“It’s different there. It smells like football. It’s more traditional, and I’m looking forward to it.
“I know everyone. I know Marcel Ritzmaier and Patrick Schmidt from the U21 national team and Michael Sollbauer from the WAC. I’m looking forward to it.”