Temporary Barnsley boss Micky Mellon will be considered for the full-time job if results improve at Oakwell before Christmas.
Mellon was placed in temporary charge at the weekend after the sacking of David Flitcroft, which came after Saturday’s 3-0 loss at home to Birmingham City.
Mellon and Flitcroft helped keep the Reds in the Championship last term, but just two wins in 17 games so far this season sees them rock bottom of the league standings.
Mellon’s first game in charge came on Tuesday evening against Brighton, and he could again lead the Reds on Saturday when they travel to promotion-chasing Burnley.
Former Reds boss John Ritchie, meanwhile, believes Barnsley’s potential is massive - if the next appointment is the correct one: “If you get it right at Barnsley, you’d have 20,000 [fans] there,” he said.
“They just need a little bit of luck.”