Oakwell Stadium

Next Game

Barnsley v Sheff Wed

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 13:00

Friendly Match

Oakwell Stadium

Last Game

Barnsley 1 - 1 Hull City

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Flitcroft has board's backing

Barnsley's board believe manager David Flitcroft has earned his chance to try to keep the club in the npower Championship.

Last Updated: 14/01/13 at 14:32 Post Comment

David Flitcroft: Has been backed by the board

David Flitcroft: Has been backed by the board

Flitcroft, 38, has been appointed until the end of the season as a permanent replacement for Keith Hill, who was sacked at the end of last month following a run of one win in 14 matches.

Flitcroft, Hill's number two at Rochdale before the pair moved to Barnsley in June 2011, had already drafted in former Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon and ex-Sunderland coach Martin Scott to help out in his first game in charge against Peterborough and they will work as his new assistants.

Bristol City's new boss Sean O'Driscoll and Inverness manager Terry Butcher both turned down the job and after Barnsley clinched back-to-back wins over Burnley and derby rivals Leeds on Saturday, the Oakwell board moved swiftly to end the growing speculation.

Don Rowing said: "Whenever there's a managerial vacancy there's an air of uncertainty and we needed to draw a line under recent events, particularly with the way the players over the last couple of weeks had demonstrated their commitment to the club with the way they had played.

"We didn't want to lose this momentum, we wanted to get some stability back into the club and all things pointed to this conclusion, so we decided to appoint David until the end of the season."

Flitcroft, who made over 500 appearances as a midfielder for Preston, Chester, Rochdale, Macclesfield and Bury, was initially reluctant to take on the role due to his loyalty to Hill, but the players' positive response has convinced him he is the right man for the job.

"Previously David had not really shown any desire for the position," Rowing added. "But certainly over the last few days he did and the performance of the team over the last three games clearly showed the commitment of the players towards him.

"Therefore we've given him the opportunity. We've spoken to David at length and he is totally committed to the task of keeping the club in the Championship.

"It won't be for want of hard work and commitment. There are other clubs down there and there's no reason why we can't fight our way out of trouble."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

I

n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

FairyNuff
Shaw told to shape up

Footer 365

Champions League: John Collins claims Celtic will have to be at best to get past Legia Warsaw

John Collins says Legia Warsaw pose a huge threat to his dream of Champions League football with Celtic this season.

Premier League: Daniel Sturridge confident Liverpool can shine without Luis Suarez

Daniel Sturridge believes Liverpool have the squad to handle Luis Suarez's exit and will challenge for top honours.

Transfer news: Simon Mignolet backs Liverpool target Divock Origi and welcomes Pepe Reina return

Liverpool are closing in on Divock Origi and the Belgium youngster has been tipped to shine in the Premier League.

Mail Box

Don't You Worry About Southampton...

We can't help but agree with one mailboxer who tries to calm the crisis-mongers gathering around Southampton, while we have mails on Man United's squad...

No Wonder Wenger Doesn't Buy British

That's if reports that Calum Chambers cost Arsenal £16m are to be believed. The English premium shows no signs of disappearing. Plus, worrying about poor Southampton...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property