Barnsley have appointed ex-Sheffield United defender Neill Collins as their new head coach on a two-year deal.
The 39-year-old Scot takes over at Oakwell after 4 years accountable for the Tampa Bay Rowdies within the USA.
Collins replaces Michael Duff, who left to take over at Championship side Swansea City in June.
Duff led the Tykes to fourth in League One final season, however they had been beaten by South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday within the play-off remaining.
Collins, who additionally had spells as a participant with Dumbarton, Sunderland and Wolves, will handle USL Championship aspect Tampa for the ultimate time on Saturday earlier than coming to England.
The Rowdies are third within the Jap Convention with 31 factors from 17 video games thus far this 12 months, and proprietor Stuart Sternberg stated they might “say farewell with a mixture of pride and sadness”.
“I’m completely thrilled to be stepping again into the English Soccer League and much more so to be becoming a member of a membership of this stature,” Collins told the Barnsley website.
“I’m lucky to be working with a squad that simply achieved a play-off remaining however perceive there’s a whole lot of work to be accomplished if we wish to replicate that success and go a step additional.
“I am unable to wait to get began and work on getting this membership again to the place it belongs.”
Collins spent 5 years with Sheffield United earlier than leaving to affix Tampa in March 2016.
The previous centre-back retired from taking part in to develop into the membership’s supervisor in Might 2018, and was named the league’s coach of the 12 months in 2021.
He’s the Tykes’ fifth managerial appointment since October 2020, with the membership beginning the season at dwelling to Port Vale on Saturday, 5 August.
Evaluation – Massive step up however Collins working from stable base
BBC Radio Sheffield’s Adam Oxley
As quickly as Josh Windass scored his 123rd-minute play-off remaining winner at Wembley to ship Sheffield Wednesday to the Championship and hold Barnsley in League One, everybody related with the Reds feared that Michael Duff can be on his manner.
And so it proved, as Swansea got here calling for the person who had turned Barnsley right into a promotion-challenging workforce from the shell of a relegated aspect he inherited lower than 12 months beforehand.
Changing Duff was at all times going to be a troublesome job, however gamers, coaches and even chief executives are like a revolving door at Oakwell, with blended success over current years.
Collins is well-respected domestically from his 5 years and 200-plus appearances at Bramall Lane – the 39-year-old Scot initially left the Blades to affix Tampa within the USA as a participant, earlier than being promoted to supervisor in 2018.
He has been profitable within the United Soccer League Championship, however clearly taking on an aspiring League One membership in England can be an enormous step up.
It is little doubt a left-field appointment by Barnsley, however such appointments have labored earlier than, with at-the-time-unknown head coaches like Daniel Stendel, Gerhard Struber and new Watford boss Valerien Ismael all having fun with relative success.
The Reds will anticipate one other tilt at promotion and, with a whole lot of the identical gamers nonetheless on the membership, Collins has a superb base to work from.