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Barnsley set to name Markus Schopp as their successor to new West Brom boss Valerien Ismael

Barnsley set to name Markus Schopp as their new manager following Valerien Ismael’s departure to West Brom… with the Austrian’s release clause at current club TSV Hartberg ‘only around £300,000’

  • Markus Schopp recently extended his contract at top-flight side TSV Hartberg
  • However, the 47-year-old’s release clause is believed to be around £300,000 
  • Valerien Ismael took over last summer and helped Barnsley to the play-offs
  • But he is now at West Brom after the Baggies paid £2million to get their man 


Barnsley are poised to appoint Austrian Markus Schopp as their new manager.

The 47-year-old has recently extended his contract at TSV Hartberg, but is understood to have an escape clause set at around £300,000.

Championship Barnsley missed out on promotion to the top flight last season under Valerien Ismael as they were knocked out in the play-off semi-finals by Swansea and Ismael left last week to take over at West Brom after they paid £2million in compensation.

Markus Schopp is set to be named Barnsley’s new manager after Valerien Ismael’s departure

Ismael has replaced Sam Allardyce at West Brom after taking the Tykes to the play-offs

Ismael has replaced Sam Allardyce at West Brom after taking the Tykes to the play-offs

Schopp, a former Austria international midfielder, has previously coached at Sturm Graz and also enjoyed a successful playing career. 

He broke into Sturm Graz’s first team in 1991 and spent five years at his hometown club before a couple of seasons at Hamburg.

Schopp then returned to Sturm Graz, where he won the Austrian Bundesliga in 1999, before a switch to Italy and Brescia followed in 2001.

Schopp enjoyed a successful playing career as a midfielder and made 56 caps for Austria

Schopp enjoyed a successful playing career as a midfielder and made 56 caps for Austria

His final permanent club was Red Bull Salzburg, before he retired in 2007 at the age of 33 due to chronic back problems following a loan spell with the New York Red Bulls.

He made 56 caps for Austria, scoring six times, and was in the squad for the 1998 World Cup as Herbert Prohaska’s team finished third in Group B behind Chile and Italy. 

Barnsley kick off their 2021/22 Championship campaign against Cardiff on the weekend beginning Saturday August 7. For a list of the key fixtures from England’s second tier, click here.  


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