Danny Wilson In The Running For Return To Barnsley Following Flitcroft Departureby Richard Smith / 02 December 2013, 10:30Tweet
Championship side Barnsley called time on David Flitcroft's tenure as manager following Saturday's defeat at the hands of Birmingham City, which left the Tykes rooted to the bottom of the table with just two wins from the first 17 games of the season.
Flitcroft picked up the reigns at Oakwell following the dismissal of Keith Hill last December and after guiding the side to safety last season, a dismal start to the 2013/2014 campaign was enough for the board to call time on the former Bury and Rochdale player, for whom this was a first try at management. The 39-year-old departs the South Yorkshire club with a record of 14 wins from 45 games in charge, compounded by 13 draws and 18 defeats.
Barnsley now begin the search for Flitcroft's replacement as they look to avoid relegation and it is former boss, Danny Wilson, who current heads the betting to be named the next manger.
Wilson enjoyed four glorious years at Oakwell during the 90s, during which time he guided the team to the Premier League before leaving to join Sheffield Wednesday in 1998. Since then, Wilson has carved at a career managing a host of clubs in the lower leagues with mixed results, most recently at Sheffield United where he was sacked in April this year after failing to get the Blades promoted from League One following a two year stint.
He's the 4/5 favourite to replace Flitcroft but with just one promotion (guiding Hartlepool from League Two to League One in 2007) to his name since leaving Barnsley 15 years ago, Wilson's CV is hardly glittering and it could be argued that the appointment of the now 53-year-old would be a sentimental one with a high degree of risk and as such, a host of other names are in contention for the vacancy.
Micky Mellon, who has been out of work since being fired by Fleetwood 12 months ago is towards the head of the betting for the job at 4/1, the same price as Neil Neil Redfearn, who made 292 appearances for Barnsley as a player and is currently a coach at Leeds United having had spells managing non-league sides, Scarborough and Northwich Victoria.
Oxford United manager, Chris Wilder, is also in the frame at odds of 7/1, whilst former Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn boss, Michael Appleton, can be backed at 10/1 with Mike Phelan a 16/1 chance to assume his first managerial role following his departure from Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson's number two in the summer.