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Club Inundated With Applications For Manager Job

Monday December 9 2013

MICKY Mellon is odds-on favourite to land the Barnsley job on a permanent basis - despite the club being 'inundated' with applications.

The club haven't spoken to any outside candidates for the vacant manager's position and hope to give the job to caretaker Micky Mellon on a permanent basis, it's understood.

Mellon was handed the reigns when David Flitcroft was sacked after 11 months in the hotseat.

Sources close to the club said that the board has been 'inundated' with applications but has yet to speak to any other candidates.

Danny Wilson - the only man to take the Reds to the Premier League - hasn't been approached, but a source close to Wilson revealed the former Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United boss would be keen on a return to Oakwell.

The same source revealed Wilson has recently turned down other jobs and believes he has 'unfinished business' at Barnsley.

Other names linked to the job include ex-Reds winger Neil Warnock. Michael Appleton, whose former agent is Barnsley chief executive Ben Mansford, has also been linked.

Reds legend Neil Redfearn - currently a coach at Leeds United - is another name linked to the position but Leeds boss Brian McDermott said he is keen for Redfearn to stay at Elland Road.

Mellon, 41, has refused to say whether he wants the job on a full-time basis and says it's an important time for the club.

He said: "I think I made a claim for the job on Tuesday after the Brighton win but I don't know what's going on behind the scenes or above me.

"I haven't been asked to do the job permanently and until I'm told otherwise I will get on with my work."

Who is your choice? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by dwayne on Monday December 9 2013 at 13:19
Nothing against mellon.... but NOT him.... we have to move forward and mellon was far too involved with the flitcroft set up to command real change.. yes the win a brighton was good but in two days since flitcrofts sacking you carnt tell me he had done enough to be the catalist behind that result
sweep the floor clean and start again...

Reply Posted by john lockwood on Monday December 9 2013 at 13:33
why not offer the job to danny wilson the one and only best manager barnsley have had and was a favourite with the supporters,i believe it would also attract more support with a good manager whos proven with the club

Reply Posted by jay on Monday December 9 2013 at 13:41
hire a league 1 manager end up in league 1,on the cheap again get a new board

Reply Posted by Tat2ist_uk on Monday December 9 2013 at 13:46
I agree with dwayne we've been here too many times before, it's just proven that by the sacking of flickers. using their #2 ain't gonna work and by appointing em just isn't for the best interest of the fans and results. As always with today's football you have to go that bit further to have success picking a manager that has been there seen it and can improve things on the pitch but then there's that dreaded word CASH, so how much cash is actually being invested in this club cos to me it don't seem that we have had any since the Irish NHS pulled the plug on ISOFT. Lets say new investors and Ian Holloway might be more realistic to success not useless cheap cast offs from Rochdale and others no one wants run by coaches not managers. lets get real, appoint Mellon and get relegated loose 1000's of fans half the team and a life of crap football no one wants to pay for.

Reply Posted by jamie fbfb on Monday December 9 2013 at 14:36
lets get real the board will take the cheapest option and be happy to take Barnsley in to the lower divisions then sell the ground for housing lol

Reply Posted by Shaun Atkinson on Monday December 9 2013 at 14:53
I think Danny Wilson should be the next Barnsley manager with Neil Redfearn as his assistant. They both know the club and what's required to keep us in the Championship. I wouldn't like to have Neil Warnock there as he always states that he's a Blade and although an ex Barnsley player, I once read that he tried to make the club give him a well paid contract. He could do the same again.

Reply Posted by nab on Monday December 9 2013 at 15:19

Reply Posted by Dave on Monday December 9 2013 at 15:31
Melon is definitely NOT the way forward, some enthusiasm for the job is called for not picking where your former gaffer left off. I would love to see Wilson and Redfearn in charge but there are pros and cons to that also, never going back to a previous manager but they are a fans favourite .. Come on Barnsley take a little time to think this through and sort things out for the long term in the championship ... UTR

Reply Posted by Jack on Monday December 9 2013 at 15:38
I know F""" all about football but ill do the job for 30k a year. Thats gotta be less than flitcroft got and he knows same as me. See!! Instantly saving money.

Reply Posted by A.nother on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:26
Wilson ???? Since abandoning us(remember Judas) he's had the sack more than Santa Claus.Whoever they appoint will need money to spend,money we obviously have not got,unless he can do something with the present players who are proving to be not good enough at the minute,whether they're out of position or wrong system or both, some divine intervention is urgently required.

Reply Posted by callum on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:34
I don't see why nobody wants Mellon. You can tell straight away that he knows where to play players and the right formation. He also has experience as a manager that flitcroft didn't

Reply Posted by bananas on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:35
don't you just love melons

Reply Posted by Collet on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:23
Dunt matter wich manager you pick wiart money cumin intut club were doooooomed?

Reply Posted by Andy on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:57
Dunt think the club have got any ambition other than stay in the League,if they go down they will be in admin & will struggle to come back up so get a manager proven in the Championship,Wilson,Warnock until end of season or a longer appointment Steve Agnew.

Reply Posted by red on Monday December 9 2013 at 22:59
Bury for flickers.

Reply Posted by Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 08:40
Get in Jimmy "The Whirlwind" White, they're going to need snookers

Reply Posted by observer on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 10:05
dwayne. and another. dwayne, you say that melon over acheived with the first game he took charge of at brighton. let me educate you. that wasnt a bit of luck. that was class management. flitcroft didnt have a clue how to use the team. a team which in my view is capable of beating anyone in that division. flitcroft chose his favourites. which is wrong. he didnt have a plan b. he was an inept manager with no technical abilities. on subs etc. there are players on the bench who are not fit. the question must be asked, why??. incidentally, we lost at burnley simply because perkins (who was brought in by hillcroft) stood and watched the goalscorer whack into the top corner.aNother. yes wilson did do a judas on us all those years ago, and i felt the same as you. b ut at this point i would defo take wilson. he has technical capabilities. and can take from players what they have. he will make the team play. he will get results. he didnt do a great deal wrong at bummal lane.hes local. and he wants the job. i say give it him. i dont want appleton bcos straight away thats corruption in my view. its a mate of mansford. give mellon 2 more games. if we get 6 points i would be happy. dont forget after 2 games with flicker, we were 7 goals in deficit, along with 6 points in deficit.

Reply Posted by Light Is On on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 15:39
Barnsley had -6 points after 2 games? :-D

Reply Posted by Coco the clown on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 19:14
Hope they have received my application.

Reply Posted by observer on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 12:36
light on. are your lights on. yes we lost twice. that means 6 points we lost?...

Reply Posted by dwayne on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 22:09
Mellon was part of the management team that got us from August to December at bottom of the table......this is not a fresh start and I think BFC are missing out on a opportunity to "start afresh".......nothing against the fella...but would rather see an experienced come in with perhaps MM staying on as assistant.....

Reply Posted by Luke on Thursday December 12 2013 at 03:13
Warnock as manager and Ronnie glavin as assistant please two passionate about football and connections with Barnsley and could see it putting some bums on seats

Reply Posted by lex on Thursday December 12 2013 at 03:23
Glavin??? Oh please be real!! Pete Goodlad is yer man, Barnsley through and through!!

Reply Posted by Luke on Thursday December 12 2013 at 11:46
Fans would love to see him back at oakwell real legend

Reply Posted by observer on Sunday December 15 2013 at 12:54
not a chance...glavin..redders...noo way. i was up for mellon taking it. and mellis was unlucky not to score with the line clearance the cider makers did off the line. i would however question why the hell mellon played pederson on the wing???