TYKES EYE UP GAZ

Ainsworth fits Barns­ley bill

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Stu­art Ham­monds

JOHN­STONE’S Paint Tro­phy fi­nal­ists Barns­ley have Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth on their radar af­ter Lee John­son, the man­ager who led them to Wem­b­ley, left Oak­well yes­ter­day to take the Bris­tol City job.

The FLP un­der­stands that Ainsworth, 42, is al­ready be­ing talked about in the cor­ri­dors of power at the League One club, who are look­ing for a young, hun­gry man­ager with knowl­edge of the lower league mar­ket.

Another man likely to be on the Tykes’ hit-list is Sh­effield-based Chris Wilder, 48, who has taken Northamp­ton to the top of the fourth tier amid fi­nan­cial chaos this term, although the re­cent ar­rival of close friend Kelvin Thomas as chair­man has smoothed mat­ters off the field.

Ex-Swin­don boss Mark Cooper, 47, will also come into the reck­on­ing af­ter be­ing Barns­ley chief ex­ec­u­tive Ben Mans­ford’s num­ber one tar­get last Fe­bru­ary be­fore John­son moved from Old­ham.

He is cur­rently weigh­ing up an of­fer to take over at Scot­tish Premier­ship strug­glers Kil­marnock.

John­son’s as­sis­tant Tommy Wright and coach Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom will have first chance to stake a claim, start­ing against Bury to­day.

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