Toshack ju­nior linked with job at Barns­ley

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CAMERON Toshack could be in line for a shock move to Cham­pi­onship man­age­ment with the Swansea City Un­der-23 boss be­ing eyed by Barns­ley.

The Tykes are on the hunt for a new man af­ter Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom quit to join Leeds last week.

And it’s thought the Oak­well side have spo­ken to Toshack af­ter ap­proach­ing Swans chiefs about the 47-year-old. Toshack, a for­mer Swansea, Bris­tol City and Cardiff player, helped the Swans se­nior academy side to a Premier League Two ti­tle last sea­son and an im­pres­sive first year at the high­est level of age-grade foot­ball, com­pet­ing along­side the likes of Arse­nal, Chelsea, Manch­ester United and Manch­ester City.

Fol­low­ing the club’s sack­ing of Paul Cle­ment in De­cem­ber, the highly-re­garded Toshack was asked to help Leon Brit­ton take care­taker charge of Swansea’s Premier League fix­tures ahead of Car­los Car­val­hal’s ap­point­ment.

And with the Por­tuguese bring­ing in his own back­room team, Toshack has re­turned to the academy set-up where, along­side Gary Richards, he has over­seen suc­cess­ful re­sults and de­vel­op­ment of play­ers such as Con­nor Roberts and Oli McBurnie, cur­rently on loan at Barns­ley. Toshack has also gained ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing un­der his dad, dug-out icon and for­mer Liver­pool star John, when the lat­ter was coach­ing the Mace­do­nia na­tional team.

And it is be­lieved Barns­ley have been at­tracted to his po­ten­tial hav­ing also looked to sound out Wy­combe man­ager Gareth Ainsworth, with the League Two pro­mo­tion-hun­ters re­ject­ing the ap­proach.

Barns­ley are cur­rently one point from safety in the sec­ond-tier; McBurnie’s goal on his home de­but earn­ing a 1-1 draw with Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

> Car­los Car­val­hal cel­e­brates a win for Sh­effield Wed­nes­day at Wi­gan Ath­letic last term

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