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Mellon leads race as no one else in contacted

By Doug O'Kane, Sports Editor Friday 6th December 2013
Micky Mellon and David Flitcroft.

Barnsley 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, the Chronicle understands.

 

Mellon was handed the reigns on Saturday when David Flitcroft was sacked after 11 months in the hotseat. Sources close to the club told the Chronicle that the board has been inundated with applications but has yet to speak to any other candidates and is hoping Mellon can continue his impressive start after the Reds surprisingly beat Brighton on Tuesday to record their first away win in ten months.

 

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 former Reds winger Neil Warnock – who refused to speak to the Chronicle when approached last night – and Michael Appleton, whose former agent is Barnsley chief executive Ben Mansford. 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.

 

Former Fleetwood Town chief Mellon – who led the Lancashire outfit to the Football League before being controversially fired last year – will stay in charge for the trip to Burnley tomorrow. He is being assisted by academy coaches Paul Heckingbottom and Chris Howarth after first team coach Martin Scott was fired with Flitcroft. Strength and conditioning coach Guy Proctor also left.

 

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 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.

 

"I respect the people above me and trust them to make the right decision. This is a very important time for Barnsley because they need to appoint the right man. You can't keep chopping and changing and expect to progress so they need a bit of stability."

 

The club is remaining tight-lipped about the search for a new boss but released a short statement on its website saying it would 'inform supporters of any developments if and when appropriate'. None of the club's directors were willing to speak to the Chronicle.

 

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