Former City coach in the frame for Barnsley job

Christian Fluthmann (right) is being considered for the manager's position at Barnsley. Picture: Nor

Christian Fluthmann (right) is being considered for the manager's position at Barnsley. Picture: Norwich City FC - Credit: Jason Dawson/JASONPIX

Former Norwich City coach Christian Fluthmann has missed out on being named head coach of Barnsley, after the Championship side appointed named former Crystal Palace defender Valerien Ismael.

Fluthmann worked under City boss Daniel Farke after he joined the club from Borussia Dortmund II in 2017, working as a first-team coach and analyst.

The vacancy at Oakwell became available after Gerhard Struber left earlier this month to join New York Red Bulls after completing a great escape from the Championship last season.

The Austrian won plenty of admirers with the pressing system he installed into the squad but bemoaned the lack of support he was given in the transfer window.

The Tykes were being managed by former Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray on an interim basis.

Gerhard Struber left Oakwell to join New York Red Bulls. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Images

Gerhard Struber left Oakwell to join New York Red Bulls. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Images - Credit: PA


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Ismael hs been confirmed as the club’s new boss. The former LASK manager takes the hotseat with immidiate effect.

German outlet Kicker suggested that Fluthmann was on the shortlist for the job, with his reputation high in England due to his work under Farke.

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He left Carrow Road in November 2018 before joining German side Eintracht Braunschweig as a coach. Fluthmann’s duties at City were taken on by Christopher John - who joined from Paderborn’s Under-21 side where he was assistant manager.

After relegation to the third tier, Braunschweig promoted Fluthmann to the position of head coach and the German penned a three-year contract until 2021.

Christopher John replaced Fluthmann at Norwich City.
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Christopher John replaced Fluthmann at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

After a strong start to Fluthmann’s reign, winning six of the opening seven games, Braunschweig won just one of their last eight and were held to a 1-1 draw at lowly Preussen Muenster, resulting in him losing his job.

Fluthmann’s background consists largely of jobs in youth football in Germany. The 38-year-old began his coaching career at Arminia Bielefeld - where he managed the team’s youngsters.

That resulted in a move Osnabruck U17s - where he assumed the role of head coach before moving onto Dortmund where he first worked with Farke as U16s boss.

Fluthmann has also been linked with the vacancy at German third division side SV Meppen - where former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel is also being considered.

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