McCarthy, 59, is likely to be tracked by a number of Championship clubs after leaving Ipswich Town last month but the lure of returning to the Reds, a club he represented over 270 times, could edge the race in the Reds’ favour.
Ironically, McCarthy left his previous club Ipswich Town following a 1-0 victory over Barnsley in mid-April, but is one of the favourites with bookmakers for the Oakwell hotseat.
Barnsley, who were relegated from the Championship last weekend, dispensed with the services of head coach Jose Morais less than 30 minutes after the 4-1 reverse at Derby.
Barnsley’s chief executive Gauthier Ganaye spoke immediately after the game, insisting that the club’s next appointment is crucial to any hopes of a quickfire Championship return. Other names linked with the position include Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley and Simon Grayson, who left Bradford City earlier this week following a short spell in charge.
With regards to Grayson’s replacement at Valley Parade, the bookies have installed former Birmingham chief Steve Cotterill as favourite with Bradford Park Avenue boss and former Bantam Mark Bower also thought to be on the shortlist.
Doncaster Rovers youngster Danny Amos is targeting increased game time at the Keepmoat next season.
The 18-year-old started two of Rovers’ final three matches, including making his home debut against champions Wigan last weekend.
Amos’s recent breakthrough, combined with Ferguson’s admission that he wants to carry a lighter squad next season, means he could be in line to play a bigger role in 2018-19.
“As an individual I would like to be involved more around the squad,” said Amos.
“I’m ready to play when the gaffer needs me. We haven’t got too many bodies across the defence, so there’s always a great chance for the young lads.”
Striker Jordan Burrow, 25, yesterday joined York City.
Burrow has played in the Football League for both Stevenage and Morecambe and won the FA Trophy in 2016 with FC Halifax Town.