DANNY Wilson has been sacked by Barnsley Football Club.

The Oakwell club today terminated the employment of Wilson and his assistant Chris Hutchings with immediate effect.

Head of academy coaching, Mark Burton, will take charge on a caretaker basis alongside Paul Heckingbottom for Saturday’s match at Crawley.

A statement read: "The club would like to place on record its thanks for Danny’s work ethic and the support Chris provided Danny with since he joined the club in March 2014.

"Danny joined the club at a very difficult time which was a testament to his character and affection, all the while demonstrating the utmost professionalism.

"Danny will always be welcome back at Oakwell. The success he brought during his initial period with the club is unrivalled and we will be forever grateful for his achievements.

"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.

"Barnsley Football Club can assure fans that a suitable candidate will be selected and in place at the earliest opportunity."