Five candidates to replace David Flitcroft at Barnsley

Barnsley Fans Invade Oakwell After Chelsea Win

Barnsley are rooted to the foot of the Championship table, and their poor showings this season have cost manager David Flitcroft his job at Oakwell.

Saturday's crushing 3-0 home defeat to Birmingham City was the final straw, with Flitcroft paying the price for just two wins so far this season. With Barnsley now six points adrift of safety, here are five managers who the Tykes may target to drag them away from danger.

  • Sean O'Driscoll

    O'Driscoll was recently sacked after a tough spell with Bristol City, but the rest of his CV reads very well. He's no stranger to Yorkshire having had a successful five year stay with Doncaster Rovers. O'Driscoll was harshly sacked by Nottingham Forest despite leading them to the fringes of the playoff places. After leaving Forest, O'Driscoll turned down the opportunity to replace Keith Hill at Barnsley a year ago, but his position may well change after struggling in League One.

  • Neil Redfearn

    Redfearn was a hero at Oakwell during the 90's, becoming the captain and ever present under Danny Wilson as the Tykes were promoted to the Premier League. Since retiring, Redfearn became manager of non-league sides Scarborough and Northwich Victoria, winning just five games from a combined 38. Whilst he struggled then, he has become a key part of the Leeds United coaching staff, combining roles as First Team Coach and Development Squad Manager. It would be a gamble for Barnsley to trust Redfearn to get them out of trouble given his previous record, but the 48 year old is well thought of at Elland Road.

  • Micky Mellon

    Mellon enjoyed a fruitful spell with Fleetwood Town, though many put his success down to the relative spending power of the club. Mellon guided The Cod Army to the Blue Square Premier League title in 2012, and despite having Fleetwood in the play off places, Mellon was sacked. He has since been supporting Flitcroft at Barnsley and is now the caretaker manager at Oakwell, and will be given the chance to stake a claim for the job in the upcoming games.

  • Chris Wilder

    Wilder's footballing DNA is predominantly in Yorkshire, with two spells at Sheffield United in his playing days, as well as stints with Rotherham United and Bradford City. Since becoming a manager, Wilder achieved success during a six year spell with Halifax Town, but has become well known from being Oxford United manager. With a win percentage of almost 50%, Wilder has turned Oxford into a perennial contender for the playoff places, despite never actually finishing in the top seven. Wilder currently has Oxford sitting at the top of League two, with just two defeats and the best goal difference in the league to their name. Portsmouth are reportedly chasing him to replace Guy Whittingham, but Barnsley would be far more appealing.

  • Danny Wilson

    Could a return be on the cards? As aforementioned, Wilson guided Barnsley to the Premier League in the 1996/97 season, and has been out of work since leaving Sheffield United in April this year. Wilson is currently the odds-on favourite with the bookies to become the new manager at Oakwell, but his failure to take Sheffield United out of League One after two attempts has Barnsley fans worrying that he won't get them out of their current predicament.

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