FLITCROFT STAYS

Championship club Barnsley have succeeded in their attempts to persuade manager David Flitcroft to sign a new contract with the club. The 39-year-old has agreed to manage Barnsley on a rolling contract. He has done extremely well since taking over from Keith Hill at the end of December. At that time, Barnsley were rock bottom of the championship. However, an impressive run of nine wins in 21 matches under the regime of Flitcroft has seen them stay in the division for another season. Barnsley finished just outside the relegation places after the draw with Huddersfield on the final day of the season.

Barnsley director Rowing said a few days ago – after the Championship status of the club was preserved – that the club would like to extend the deal of Flitcroft. Even though the manager has agreed to a deal verbally, it was not sure that he would sign a new deal. The club has been boosted by the news that Flitcroft has agreed to sign that contract. His assistants Martin Scott and Mickey Mellon have also agreed to sign new contracts as well. Aside from managing to secure the Championship status of the club, Flitcroft has also managed to take Barnsley into the quarter finals of the FA Cup as well.

“He’s spoken with us and hopefully it won’t be too long until he puts pen to paper. He knows what he wants and he’s already said that he wants to keep the bulk of the team together, someone who didn’t want the job wouldn’t do that,” said Rowing a few days ago. Flitcroft said after the end of the season Barnsley have overachieved this season. “I’m delighted to be in this position and that the lads have given themselves a shot. We’ve overachieved,” said the 39-year-old ahead of the trip to Huddersfield.

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