New Head Coach Gerhard Struber expressed his delight at joining the Reds on Wednesday.
The former Wolfsberger AC boss spoke exclusively to iFollow Barnsley upon his arrival at Oakwell and insists his new side have what it takes to retain their Sky Bet Championship status.
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“I’m very happy to be here at Barnsley and I’m looking forward to working with the players,” said Struber. “I hope we can stay in the league and have a big battle in the Championship. There is one big goal – to stay in the league. This is my aim and I’m happy; this is a challenge and I’m happy and I’m convinced we can do it.
“It’s a dream for me to work in England – it’s the mother of football and I am happy to be here and to get this big chance for an Austrian trainer to work here in England. I will give all I can for this club and I hope we can stay in the league; this is our big goal.”
Struber has made his name in his native Austria, honing his skills within the famed Red Bull coaching system and enjoying success at youth level before impressing with FC Liefering.
From Liefering, the 42-year-old joined Wolfsberger AC in the summer and guided them to third in the Austrian Bundesliga behind runaway, unbeaten leaders Red Bull Salzburg and LASK.
He is confident that he can transfer his philosophy from the continent to South Yorkshire, a brand of football that has proved to be effective at previous clubs.
“My coaching style is similar to Barnsley – very proactive football, very high attacking and also good positional play,” continued Struber.
“We have young players with very good skills, but we need players on the field that have good control on the ball and off the ball, and this is my job in the next days and next months to get better in these moments when we have the ball and the details when we lose the ball.
“I know the team; I watched many games. I especially know Patrick Schmidt – I played against him in Austria in the Bundesliga and have a good overview of the team and I’m happy to start working with them.”
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Struber arrives at Oakwell with a strong pedigree, having coached at one of the highest levels of the game during his time in Austria.
The new Reds’ Head Coach guided former club Wolfsberger AC to a memorable 4-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in this season’s Europa League, while also holding Italian giants AS Roma to a 1-1 draw in the group stage.
These results were achieved by playing an attractive, dynamic brand of football and Struber believes these are the pinnacle of his coaching career to date.
“The Europa League is a big highlight for my last club Wolfsberger AC – it’s a small club in Austria – and every game was a highlight,” he explained. “But, especially the game in Borussia Monchengladbach where we had a big result and won. In this moment it was special for the players and a magical moment for me.
“We had a very good result against Roma and a big performance for the players from Wolfsberger AC and very big moment in my career.”
His next task, however, will be to negotiate a tricky away trip to Blackburn Rovers, who are currently 18th in the Championship.
The Ewood Park outfit lost 2-1 at Leeds United before the international break and Struber is eagerly anticipating his first foray into English football.
“I’m looking forward to it and I hope for a good result and more for a big performance from my players,” asserted the 42-year-old. “We can plan for a performance and I hope that we have a good start together.”
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