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Barnsley Football Club Release Statement

Thursday December 12 2013




BARNSLEY Football Club's chief executive Ben Mansford has released a statement on the management situation and the potential changing of the club's crest.

Having sacked David Flitcroft after the 3-0 home defeat to Birmingham City on November 30, caretaker boss Micky Mellon has overseen the club's first away win of the season at Brighton and the narrow defeat at table-topping Burnley.

Mansford said: "Nobody expected the start to the season that we've had on the back of the remarkable success David had last year.

"Coming in, I think Maurice Watkins and I felt that, along with the board and the owner, we would start off on a not dissimilar path to how we finished.

"That hasn’t happened. That’s through no lack of effort from David. David’s an incredibly passionate, energetic and committed individual who was incredibly desperate to succeed and continue to do well for Barnsley.

"We felt that it was a decision that had to be made, but it was an extremely difficult decision. I do wish David all the success that's possible at Bury.

"Our plan was always to allow Micky Mellon to be his own man. The changes to the staff have created an opportunity for him to do that.

"I’m absolutely delighted that Micky prepared the team sufficiently well enough with real expertise and experience to make sure we got a very, very good away win at Brighton.

"We always wanted Micky to have the opportunity to be his own person. He’s earned the right to do that and that's where we currently sit at the moment.

"Last year there was a very public process that occurred around who was and wasn’t going to be the next Barnsley manager.

"We want to do our business in private - in football terms it's the best way to do it. We're getting on with what we feel is right for the club.

"As and when there's clarity as to where we're going and what's going to happen, we’ll let the fans know at the earliest opportunity."

The controversial crest change proposals were next up, and Mansford said it's a close race between a new badge and retaining the current one. 

He added: "We’ve got a very close race between one of the new ones and potentially staying with the existing crest.

"We will be back to the supporters in the near future.

"The message to the Barnsley fans is thank you for the support you have given this year. It’s been a testing time. We aren’t where we thought we would be and that’s a huge disappointment.

"Stick behind Micky and the side. The fans at Barnsley have been incredibly loyal and passionate. I’m sure this Saturday against Yeovil the supporters will be behind our team."

What do you think to this? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by allan kirk on Thursday December 12 2013 at 14:43
cheapest option yet again, complete lack of ambition by the board yet again, we are the laughing stock of football, the support will never return until bfc shows some real ambition, dejected supporter

Reply Posted by andy on Thursday December 12 2013 at 14:53
whoz tha want allan. fergie. give melon a chance. realistically we are a league 1 team. under 8000 crowd int a championship club. ps at the moment.

Reply Posted by steven kerr on Thursday December 12 2013 at 15:07
I have been a tyke for over 40 years and have seen a lot of people come and go and watched us play in every division, go up and down. I think ambition and drive are not in question at Oakwell and the fans are as loyal today as at any time I can remember. we need to back the club not slag it off as for the cheapest option we gave Flicker a chance and he did well to keep us up last season Micky will have his work cut out for him anyway don't write him off just yet....... IT IS NOT THE SIZE OF THE DOG IN THE FIGHT .. IT IS THE SIZE OF THE FIGHT IN THE DOG Tykeforever...

Reply Posted by Daniel on Thursday December 12 2013 at 15:12
I think we should bring a decent league one manager into the club to prepare for next season, personally i think a couple of seasons in league one will straighten us out a bit. Look at Donny, Bournemouth, Huddersfield

Reply Posted by Jason on Thursday December 12 2013 at 15:49
give the job to kipper Jackson am sure if he takes is karaoke machine the fans will sure get behind the team lol

Reply Posted by Baz on Thursday December 12 2013 at 16:01
ha ha ha yeh James best idea yet=Kipper Jackson

Reply Posted by Baz on Thursday December 12 2013 at 16:02
Sorry-Jason *

Reply Posted by Ali on Thursday December 12 2013 at 16:24
Bullshit continues to flow from the owners of BFC. We need someone with real ambition to buy this club and throw them out. As for the club badge, they've already picked the new one. The vote is more bullshit just like the speculation of a new manager... they already have picked him.

Reply Posted by observer on Thursday December 12 2013 at 16:27
i think we should give mellon a chance. im certain we have a tem capable of winning more games than we have. mellon changed the team slightly. and there is a definite difference.see how he goes.in response to andy, a team that plays well. and has some fight.which is what steve kerr is saying. a team like that will bring crowds back. its not about money, as we have climbed huge walls in the past. it can be done on a low budget. we just need the creativity of the manager to carve it out. if mellon is succesful i will back him. if hes similar to hillcroft. i wont go near the place. we have unfit players. why???. we have players who flicker didnt play. why???..lots of reasons why we are on the bottom. i hope mellon sorts it. if not..its danny wilson for me.

Reply Posted by tyke. on Thursday December 12 2013 at 16:33
I go home and away week in week out. I don't thing Mellon is the man to take us forward BUT would get behind him if he is given the opportunity.

I do think we should invest in one of the un-employed managers in the division at the moment who have experience at our level.

If we don't have the money fair enough.

Get behind them this Saturday.

COME ON YOU REDS.

Reply Posted by tomy no tyke on Saturday December 14 2013 at 10:08
Tyke.....very brave man

Reply Posted by tomy no tyke on Saturday December 14 2013 at 10:08
Tyke.....very brave man

Reply Posted by observer on Thursday December 12 2013 at 16:38
as for the "crest". it should be left as it is. the new ones i beleive do not represent the people and the industries that used to be in and around barnsley.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Thursday December 12 2013 at 17:00
If the Reds don't get 3 points against Yeovil on Setday the might as well pack up.!!

Reply Posted by observer on Thursday December 12 2013 at 17:11
i agree with you rainbow. we need to stamp authority on the game immediately. give them a good thrashing. that will instill confidence in the team. yeovil have had some good results this season. we dont really need to be messing about with them.

Reply Posted by paul on Thursday December 12 2013 at 17:26
I think Micky Mellon should be given the opportunity but only till the end of the season and we could be looking for a decent manager who will be out of contract or possibly out of a job and looking for a new one after the season ends. It was a good push from David Flitcroft last season but I think it was the situation we were in rather than man management that motivated the players.

Reply Posted by Shaun Atkinson on Saturday December 14 2013 at 10:06
Here we go again. We want a proven manager not the cheap option of appointing Mellon. As for the badge, leave it as it is. The board need to listen to the fans. We want what's best for the club. It's not too much to ask for is it ?

Reply Posted by Mike Newton on Saturday December 14 2013 at 13:37
Typical Barnsley. I have been watching them since 1949 and nothing alters. I remember Joe Richards selling anyone with any talent. Same philosophy today, cheapest option. Bring back Danny Wilson, a proven manager and a leader.

Reply Posted by Tosh on Saturday December 14 2013 at 14:01
Barnsley have spent more seasons in the second tier than any other club. We are and always have been a selling club. In terms of history and ambition I don't think we are a league 1 club. We've never had money to throw around so we have to do it the right way. I would rather have that than what happened to a proud club at Portsmouth. Mellon was thought to have great potential at Fleetwood and was a shock sacking. We don't have time to rebuild. The players know him and rate him. Easy decision for me and we tske stock at the end of the season.

Reply Posted by bfc on Saturday December 14 2013 at 15:18
BFC 0 - 1 YEOVIL

Reply Posted by BFC on Saturday December 14 2013 at 15:38
BFC 1 - 1 YEOVIL

Reply Posted by sue sidebottom on Saturday December 14 2013 at 15:59
Keep our original crest it is Bfc.....dont rush for a new manager