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  • Mitre June 17

League One: Barnsley sack manager Danny Wilson after disappointing season

Barnsley have sacked manager Danny Wilson, ending his second spell with the club since taking charge in December 2013.

After a 2-1 home defeat to Fleetwood in midweek, the club have taken action after the result left the club in 17th place in League One, with assistant manager Chris Hutchings also departing.

Head of Academy Coaching, Mark Burton, will take charge on a caretaker-basis alongside Senior Development Coach, Paul Heckingbottom, for Saturday’s match at Crawley.

Wilson led the Yorkshire side to the Premier League in 1997 in his first spell in charge at the club, and returned in December 2013 with the club fighting to stay in the Championship.

He was however unable to keep them in the second tier last season, but as one of the biggest club's in League One, their campaign so far has been disappointing.

"The Club would like to place on record its thanks for Danny’s work-ethic and determination during his time with the Club and the support Chris provided Danny with since he joined the Club in March 2014." a statement on the club's official website said.

"Danny joined the Club at a very difficult time which was a testament to his character and affection for the Club – all the while demonstrating the utmost professionalism during his time with the Club. Danny will always be welcome back at Oakwell."

"However, recent performances and results have been concerning, considering the Club currently boasts the fifth highest wage bill in League One in addition to a fourth highest equity donation by our owner."

"Meanwhile, our current League position of 17th is in stark contrast to an average home gate of sixth-best in the division. Whilst the Club acknowledges there has been a large turnover of players, the league position is still unacceptable considering all of the above."


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