BARNSLEY will continue their search for a new manager after Rochdale boss Keith Hill decided against a move to Oakwell.
Hill, who led the Lancashire side to the brink of the npower League 1 play-offs last season, was amongst the front-runners to replace Mark Robins as Reds boss.
But despite meeting with Tykes officials this week, Hill has opted to stay at Spotland.
A statement on the Rochdale official website read: “Keith Hill has confirmed that he will not be moving to Barnsley and it’s business as usual at Rochdale.”
Barnsley have been looking for a new manager since Mark Robins decided to leave Oakwell after disputes over the player budget for next season.
The Championship club may now turn their attentions to Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade.
Slade had been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Sheffield United but speculation over a move to Bramall Lane has died down.
It could see the Reds make a move after the former Yeovil Town and Grimsby manager worked wonders with the O’s last season.
Danny Wilson, Phil Parkinson, Brian Laws and Kevin Blackwell have also been linked with a move to Oakwell and the Reds will be keen to get their man in place sooner rather than later.
Barnsley turned down a £700,000 swoop for club captain Jason Shackell from Championship rivals Derby County this week.
The Reds have revealed they will not be considering any further offers for Shackell until a new manager has been appointed.
Hull City have also been linked with his services.
Barnsley have been given a boost with the news that talented teenager Reuben Noble-Lazarus has signed a new two-year contract.
The new deal will keep Noble-Lazarus at Oakwell until the summer of 2013.
Fellow Academy graduate Alistair Taylor has also pledged his future to the club by penning a new one-year deal.
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