Barnsley given permission to speak to Scottish Championship manager

St Mirren manager Jack Ross

St Mirren manager Jack Ross

The South Yorkshire club lost 42-year-old manager Paul Heckingbottom to local rivals Leeds United just four days after he signed a new rolling contract at Oakwell and, as yet, it appears unclear who will replace him.

They have also been linked with Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, Simon Grayson (now at Bradford City) and Darren Moore.

Ross, meanwhile, has guided the Buddies to a 14-point lead at the top of the Scottish Championship table. However, they now looked to have turned their attentions to Jack Ross. After retiring, he had some coaching roles at Dumbarton and Hearts before getting his first managerial role with Alloa Athletic in 2015.

According to The Sun, St Mirren have reluctantly given Barnsley permission to speak to their manager, who took over in October 2016 with the club bottom of the Scottish second tier.

Whether Ross would make the switch at this stage of the season is unknown, especially given that he has the chance to win silverware with the Saints, while Barnsley are now embroiled in a relegation dogfight.

He is seen as one of the brightest young managers in Scotland but if he does get snapped up by Barnsley he will face a huge task in trying to keep them in the Championship this season.