Midfielder George Moncur has revealed new Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel is using an interpreter.
The German manager is working hard to improve his English, but has a translator to help relay his messages to the squad.
Barnsley’s top brass chose Stendel to fill the role after Jose Morais was sacked on the final day of the season.
Stendel’s charges started pre-season training last week.
Moncur stressed how valuable the translator hadbeen.
He told local radio: “He’s got a little bit of English, but there’s also an interpreter there at the minute, which is really good.
“The communication’s a bit tough at the moment, but we know exactly what he wants because the man there is helping him out.
“Not many of us speak German so when he says something we don’t really have a clue, but it gets translated and then we fully understand what he wants, which is great.”
Moncur admits he barely knew about the former Hannover 96 boss when he was announced as the new head coach. However, the atmosphere around the club has been positive since Stendel’s arrival.
The blueprint is clear. Stendel wants to play the brand of football which has yielded success for compatriots Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner in England.
Meanwhile, former Barnsley goalkeeper Nick Townsend is on trial at last season’s beaten League One play-off finalists, Shrewsbury Town.