Mick McCarthy the odds on favourite to become next Barnsley Manager

Mick McCarthy the odds on favourite to become next Barnsley Manager

Barnsley-born McCarthy has been at Ipswich for five years but could make a homecoming to Oakwell

Barnsley were rocked this week by Paul Heckingbottom joining Yorkshire rivals Leeds, just days after signing a new contract.

The search is on for the Tykes’ new boss and it appears they may be looking to a hometown legend to fill the role.

Mick McCarthy has been at Ipswich for five years but his odds have dropped to just 8/11 to take over a club that he played 272 times for.

Operating on a shoestring budget, McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor have continually steered Ipswich away from relegation and made the Play-offs in 2015.

But a rigid, agricultural playing style and barbed press conferences have led to criticism from some Tractor Boys supporters, with signs that McCarthy’s fifth season in charge could be his last.

Punters appear to agree with this, as the 58-year olds odds have been slashed from an original price of 4/1.

Other frontrunners include Lincoln City’s Danny Cowley, available at 6/1 and Simon Grayson, who is a best price of 14/1.

Oddschecker Spokesman George Elek: “Mick McCarthy and Barnsley seem like a perfect fit and the local lad is now odds-on for a Yorkshire homecoming after five years at Ipswich. Whilst McCarthy has done a tremendous job with the Tractor Boys, there are many supporters calling for a change and it appears that they could get their wish sooner rather than later.”

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