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Flicker Sacked As Reds Slip To Bottom

Monday December 2 2013


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DAVID Flitcroft was sacked on Saturday after the Reds' abysmal season continued.

Barnsley have won only twice in 17 league games and a 10th defeat, 3-0 at the hands of fellow strugglers Birmingham City, was one too many for the Oakwell board.

The defeat left Barnsley at the bottom of the table, six points from safety. It's their worst start to a season since 1973.

The home side did not help themselves as they played a hand in the visitors taking the lead.

Jean-Yves M'Voto did well to take the ball off Jesse Lingard, before giving it away to Paul Caddis, who shrugged off challenges from David Perkins and Paddy McCourt before to rifling in a 13th-minute shot.

City striker Nikola Zigic went down following an M'Voto challenge after a corner and referee Kevin Wright pointed to the spot.

Caddis then stepped up to send ex-Blues keeper Jack Butland the wrong way for a 2-0 lead after just 22 minutes.

Caddis also had a hand in the third goal when his misplaced pass was diverted into the path of Zigic by Jim O'Brien and the Birmingham forward dinked an effort over Butland.

Barnsley rarely mustered a goal threat as Birmingham wrapped the game up well before half-time.

A statement on the club's website said: "Barnsley Football Club can confirm first-team manager David Flitcroft has been relieved of his position at the football club.

"Technical coach Martin Scott and strength and conditioning coach Guy Proctor have also parted company with the club.

"Assistant manager Micky Mellon has been placed in caretaker charge of first-team affairs, assisted by development coach Paul Heckingbottom in the meantime.

"There will be no further statements from the club until Wednesday.

"The club would like to place on record their appreciation and thanks for what David, Martin and Guy have achieved."

Danny Wilson, Neil Redfearn and Michael Appleton have emerged as the initial favourites to take over from Flicker.

Barnsley head to Brighton in the Championship on Tuesday night. Was the sacking the best choice? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Fawkes on Monday December 2 2013 at 10:49
Flicker you were a get man manager last season .Maybe not quite savvy enough on the technical side for this division . But its a pity the manager takes the blame for the teams failings .The players also have to shoulder some of the blame to.Flicker you go with my best wishs and i hope you have success in the future.

Reply Posted by Kilkenny on Monday December 2 2013 at 10:56
Reds going down! Rename the stadium Poundland and get some pub team players in to do a better job!

Reply Posted by Dirty twistee on Monday December 2 2013 at 11:38
Kilkenny if nothing else better to say then wind your neck in up the reds

Reply Posted by Nigel Richardson on Monday December 2 2013 at 11:42
We need to look at a top manager such as ian holloway has he as the experience , whether they would beable to pay his wages thats different ,at the moment danny wilson seems to be the man they want but im afraid to have danny back would be a grave mistake , with the connections the board have we should beable to get some top manager in

Reply Posted by G on Monday December 2 2013 at 13:49
Nigel, no top manager wants to come to BFC though and why would they? WE couldn't even attract a manager last season thats why we ended up with flicker. What's changed? Have we got a more adventurous board? Has the gate gone up, have we got a better squad?

Reply Posted by Kilkenny on Monday December 2 2013 at 11:47
Nothing better to say? It's the most realistic response on here! .Your a dreamer

Reply Posted by observer on Monday December 2 2013 at 12:17
he had to go. he was technically inept. didnt have a plan b. he was a nice guy and i liked him. he had favourites who simply arent good enough. as you say fawkes. the players failed him. but you have to ask. who brought the players in?. either flicker or hill. i wish him well too. but he will never become a manager.

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday December 2 2013 at 17:07
GET DI SEN TO JOBCENTRE PLUS,THA NOT TOO LATE FOR SANTAS JOB HO HO HO

Reply Posted by cammy on Monday December 2 2013 at 20:34
Same old Barnsley another manager lasting less than 12 months with no money to spend it doesnt matter if we get Jose Mourinhio! Board need to realise we are a league 1 team with a northern premier budget playing in the championship good luck flickers thanks for saving us last year

Reply Posted by observer on Friday December 6 2013 at 18:52
wake up smell the coffee cammy. money isnt a question at oakwell. we have a good team. flitcroft did not know how to use the players. you should not play your favourite players. you should play the best team available. and not use them out of position.