Are Reds Looking For A Jack To Lift Their Season.

Last updated : 13 February 2018 By Rob Miles

Reports in Scotland are claiming that Barnsley are looking north of the border as they attempt to replace Paul Heckingbottom following his shock departure to Leeds.

It has been claimed that the Reds new owners have asked Scottish Championship leaders St Mirren permission to speak with their manager Jack Ross... and it has been granted.

The Reds were left in a bit of turmoil at the start of last week when Barnsley born Heckingbottom defected to West Yorkshire just four days after it was announced he had agreed a new contract at Oakwell.

Under 23 manager Paul Harsley took the reigns for the South Yorkshire derby draw with Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend but he is not thought to be a serious contender for the top job.

Falkirk born Ross spent much of his playing career in his home country, turning out for Clyde, Falkirk, St Mirren, Hamilton and Dunfermline during a 16 year playing career between 1995 and 2011 which also encompassed a short spell at Hartlepool.

Following retirement Ross was appointed assistant manager at Dumbarton and then became caretaker following Adam Adamson's sacking in October 2012 after they started their first Scottish First Division season for 16 years with two draws and 10 defeats. They won one and lost one under Ross before deciding to appoint Ian Murray with Ross reverting back to assistant.

He left to join the Hearts coaching team in July 2014 where he remained until October 2015.

Ross was giving his first permanent managerial role in December of that year when he took over at Scottish Championship Forfar Athletic - a club he had joined as a youth player - however they were relegated at the end of 2015-2016, winning just four games all season, only one of which was in front of their own fans.

Despite this the part time club's board kept faith with Ross, handing him a new contract and he repaid this by leading the club to a club record 10 game winning streak in all competitions in their first 10 games of the season.

His record naturally saw higher clubs come sniffing and in October of 2016 Ross was back in the Scottish Championship, taking the reigns at St Mirren.

The Paisley outfit finished 2016-2017 in seventh position, winning just nine of 28 league matches, but Ross guided them to their first Scottish Challenge Cup final since 2006 (losing 2-1 to Dundee United) and nurtured current Reds midfielder Stevie Mallan who scored nine goals under his management.

This season has been very impressive for Ross and St Mirren and he has led the club to the top of the Scottish Championship table with 17 wins from 24 games.

Barnsley are keen to appoint a new head coach before Burton come to Oakwell in seven days as the club look to end a run of one win in 17 matches which last weekend saw them slip into the relegation zone.