BARNSLEY do not expect to appoint a new manager until next week at the earliest after the club was dealt a major blow when the apparent favoured candidate withdrew from the running.
The Reds were publicly granted permission to speak to Rochdale boss Keith Hill last Friday and it appeared the 42-year-old was close to sealing a move to Oakwell to replace Mark Robins.
But talks between the two parties stalled over the weekend and a scheduled formal interview with directors Don Rowing and Barry Taylor at Oakwell on Monday was postponed due to the snag.
Hill’s wage demands were thought to be the main stumbling block with Barnsley reportedly offering a 12–month rolling contract,
Another disputed issue was allegedly the amount of compensation which would have been paid to Rochdale.
Hill admitted is was hard to turn down the chance to manage in the Championship.
He said: “It was a difficult thing to do.
“Nothing went wrong, it was just down to choice and we’ve decided to stay at Rochdale because we’re ambitious but we’re also happy in our work here.
“Barnsley is a big club historically,
“I was in discussions with the owners and they were really good and it was enlightening.
“Myself and David Flitcroft analyse, deliberate and make a calculated decision.
“On this occasion it just wasn’t right for me.”
Barnsley’s search goes on with Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade now heavily linked to the position.
Slade has reportedly applied for the position, as have former Sheffield Wednesday bosses Brian Laws and Alan Irvine, plus ex Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell.
It is believed the trio of former Steel City bosses will not be considered for the position due to their potential appointment being likely to upset Reds supporters.
Former Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is allegedly not interested in a return to Oakwell and he continues to be heavily linked with the vacant Sheffield United job.
Ex–Charlton Athletic boss Phil Parkinson is another said to have applied for the position as is former Barnsley stalwart, Steve Agnew.
Agnew was caretaker manager of Middlesbrough last year, following the departure of Gordon Strachan and played more than 200 games for the Reds from 1983 to 1991.
Other names in the frame according to bookmakers include Hugo Sanchez, Paul Tisdale and Peter Taylor.
The Reds have rejected an offer of £700,000 for club captain Jason Shackell from Derby County.
Other potential suitors, said to include Hull City and Leicester City, were warned Barnsley will not consider any further offers until a new manager is appointed.
Two pieces of business have been concluded despite the presence of a manager.
Hot prospect Reuben Noble-Lazarus has signed a two year deal at Oakwell.
The 17-year-old was joined in signing up by midfielder Alistair Taylor, 19, who penned a new one–year deal.