Barnsley have seen their first attempt to replace Gerhard Struber end in failure, with Hoffenheim U19 coach Marcel Rapp turning down a move.

That’s according to, who say that Rapp wasn’t interested in joining the Championship side.

The Tykes are on the hunt for a replacement for Struber, who was poached by MLS Side New York Red Bull last week.

So far there has been little word on who they may replace him with, although it is likely the Barnsley hierarchy will look for another left-field appointment given their last two managers were Struber and Daniel Stendel.

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It seems they identified one such candidate in Rapp but he ‘rejected a specific request’ from the club when it was made.

It’s stated that Barnsley offered Rapp the head coach position, but the manager did not consider the move to be the ‘first correct step’ on the managerial ladder for him.

Why that is, isn’t mentioned but it seems Rapp, who has been manager of Hoffenheim’s U19 side since replacing Domenico Tedesco in 2017, isn’t all that keen on the switch.

Barnsley, then, may be best served turning their attention elsewhere in their hunt for Struber’s replacement.