Barnsley are set to appoint former manager Danny Wilson as David Flitcroft's replacement.
Danny Wilson will be returning to Oakwell to manage Barnsley for the second time, 15 years after his first spell ended. The Barnsley board have turned to the former Sheffield United manager as the man to guide them towards safety in the Championship.
In 1997 in his first managerial job, Wilson took Barnsley into the top flight after finishing second in Division One. Unfortunately their stay only lasted one year, and it remains their one and only season in the top flight of English football. They have spent more time in the second tier than any other club in the country. Wilson will be tasked with extending that record.
Wilson left Barnsley after the relegation to manage Sheffield Wednesday. He spent almost 2 years at Hillsborough finishing 12th in his first season, before the board dismissed him in the second season as they were heading towards relegation from the Premier League.
He has since experienced mixed fortunes at Bristol City, MK Dons, Hartlepool United, and Swindon Town. He was sacked at MK Dons after relegation to League Two, but gained promotion from the same league with Hartlepool, and took Swindon to the League One play-off final.
In 2011 he took over at Sheffield United, much to the dismay of their fans given his ties with their city rivals. He was soon forgiven though as he took The Blades on a great run which resulted in a third place finish despite collecting a whopping 90 points. In heart-breaking fashion they lost in the play-off final to Huddersfield Town on penalties. He was set to lead them into the top six the next year before United strangely dismissed him.
He has been given a chance in the league above now though, and Barnsley will be hoping he can make an immediate impact. He will be remembered fondly for their one and only season in the Premier League, but for now they will be delighted with Championship football again next season.
Other options to Barnsely were caretaker Micky Mellon who had done a great job at Fleetwood Town and then picked up four points from his three games in charge at Oakwell. Michael Appleton was also linked, but they have decided to go back to a familiar manager who will hopefully already have a huge passion for the club.
I think Wilson can galvanise the club to a good run of form in the next month, but they still face a huge battle to survive in a tough league.
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