Markus Schopp’s coaching era at FC Barnsley in the English championship is over after just four months. The English second division team reacted to the sporting downturn in recent weeks and ended the collaboration with the native of Styria. Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Bristol City was one too many.
Ironically, the former ÖFB team player Andreas Weimann should have finally ended Schopp’s engagement in Barnsley with his double to the 2-1 success of Bristol City on Saturday. The defeat against the “Robins” from the English southwest was the seventh in a row for Barnsley. With just one win out of 15 games, the “Tykes” are only second to last in the championship. Now the club pulled the rip cord.
The 47-year-old Schopp thanked him in a statement on the club website for a “short but intense time. It is a shame that our hard work has not been reflected in the results. ”There were also friendly farewell words from the club. “On behalf of everyone, I would like to thank Markus for the past few months and wish him all the best in his next career steps,” said Barnsley board member Khaled El-Ahmad. Joseph Laumann is now taking over as head coach on an interim basis.
After three years in Hartberg, Schopp did not take up the position until June as the successor to the former LASK trainer Valerien Ismael, who had moved to West Bromwich Albion. However, the 56-time Austrian team player and two-time champion with Sturm Graz could not meet the high expectations at Barnsley. In the previous year, the northern English were still in fifth place and thus in the play-off for promotion to the Premier League. Under Schopp’s compatriot Gerhard Struber, Barnsley had barely managed to stay in the championship in 2020 – and thanks to the deduction of points for Wigan Athletic.
Tottenham coach also has to go
But not only at the second division Barnsley, also in the English House of Lords a coach had to leave on Monday. Tottenham Hotspur released Nuno Espirito Santo after just ten laps. The Champions League finalist of 2019 thus drew the consequences of the weak start to the season. With 15 points, the Spurs are only eighth in the table, on Saturday there was a 0: 3 bankruptcy (the fifth defeat) against the also ailing record champions Manchester United. A successor is not yet known.
The Portuguese Espirito Santo – previously a successful coach at Wolverhampton Wanderers – had only taken over as coach at the Spurs at the beginning of the season. So the next coach failed to build on the successful, albeit untitled, time under Mauricio Pochettino. Last season, star coach Jose Mourinho had to leave the club around striker Harry Kane prematurely.
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Soccer: The Schopp era in Barnsley is over again