Barnsley hand Paul Heckingbottom the permanent job

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 15 June 2016, 12:14

Barnsley have appointed Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach on a 12-month rolling contract. Heckingbottom impressively led the Tykes up to a promotion and cup double last term, and has unsurprisingly now been handed the job on a permanent basis.

Back in February Heckingbottom was placed in caretaker charge of the Reds following Lee Johnson's move to Bristol City. At the time the club were 12th in the League One table, but Heckingbottom inspired an impressive run of form, leading his troops to Johnstone's Paint Trophy glory, and 10 wins from 18 league matches.

As a result Barnsley finished 6th - in the fourth and final play-off spot - taking thieir momentum into the nerve-jangling play-offs, beating Walsall, then Millwall in the final, which secured promotion up to the Championship for the first time since 2014.

Heckingbottom's main task will be securing Barnsley's second-tier status. The Tykes are priced are the second favourites (5/2) to suffer an immediate drop down, 14/1 to win promotion, and 50/1 to win the title (all courtesy of Sky Bet).

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