Barnsley sack Markus Schopp after seven straight defeats in Championship

Barnsley have confirmed the departure of head coach Markus Schopp after five months in charge.

Schopp leaves the club after the Tykes suffered their seventh successive loss at the weekend with a 2-1 defeat by Bristol City. Barnsley are currently second from bottom in the Championship with only eight points so far this season. Joseph Laumann is set to take charge of the side for the midweek game against fellow strugglers Derby.

Schopp told the club website: “I would like to thank all those who have accompanied me in this short but very intense time. It is a pity that our hard work was not reflected in the results. I wish the club all the best for the future and that they will achieve all their goals.”

Barnsley’s chief executive, Khaled El-Ahmad, said: “On behalf of everyone at Oakwell, I would like to thank Markus for the last few months and wish him well for the next step in his career. I would like supporters to know that the process for finding a suitable replacement is under way and we will announce a new appointment in due course.”

Scunthorpe have parted company with Neil Cox with the club bottom of League Two having won only two of their 15 league games this season. Scunthorpe finished third-bottom last season – three points clear of the relegation zone – after appointing Cox in August 2020. Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Colchester proved to be the final game of the 50-year-old’s tenure.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Scunthorpe United has parted company with first-team manager Neil Cox and assistant manager Mark Lillis. We thank them both for their efforts while with the club. Coach Tony McMahon and goalkeeping coach Paul Musselwhite will take charge of the team for the FA Cup first-round game against Doncaster Rovers this weekend.”