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Flitcroft getting to know fans

David Flitcroft is looking forward to getting to know the Barnsley fans after being installed as the club's new manager until the end of the season.

Last Updated: 22/01/13 at 14:54 Post Comment

David Flitcroft: Eager to show the fans who he is

David Flitcroft: Eager to show the fans who he is

Flitcroft spent 18 months as former boss Keith Hill's number two at Oakwell after the pair moved from Rochdale together in the summer of 2011, but is hoping to forge his own relationship with the supporters after being handed the job permanently last week.

"While I've been here the fans haven't really seen who I am and what I'm about," Flitcroft said.

"Hopefully they'll do that now, they'll see that I'm a very loyal man, I can learn, I can listen, I can be flexible and whatever it takes to get this club moving in the right direction and gaining some momentum, that is what I'm here to do and will do.

"That started against Peterborough and getting the fans on our side is a massive part of this challenge."

Flitcroft steered the Tykes to two wins from his three games as caretaker, while teenage striker Danny Rose's late header earned them a point at Ipswich at the weekend in his first game as permanent boss.

By some strange quirk in the fixture list, Flitcroft's first four games in charge are all away from Oakwell.

The 38-year-old added: "We'll come up with different tactics and strategies. It's down to details.

"Keeping clean sheets and scoring goals is down to details and it's something that we're working continuously to try and do and we might have a different strategy away from home.

"But the players will be ready for that challenge. Four away games is four away games, it would have been nice to have had a home game in there to try and connect with the fans earlier, but we can't control the fixtures."

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