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Dawson wants quick decision after battle with brother

By Doug O'Kane, Sports Editor Friday 13th December 2013
Stephen Dawson.

Barnsley midfielder Stephen Dawson has called on the club to make the managerial situation clearer next week after the visit of his brother's club Yeovil Town tomorrow and he says the squad want caretaker Micky Mellon to land the job on a permanent basis.

 

"I feel the club needs to sort it out quickly," he told the Chronicle.

 

"The manager needs stability and hopefully after a good performance against Yeovil they will give Micky the job and we can get on with it. It's totally up to the club and we will respect their decision but they need to do it sooner rather than later. The players and the fans want to know what's going on and I am sure we will after Saturday."

 

Around 20 of Dawson's family will be at Oakwell tomorrow to watch Stephen, 28, take on his brother Kevin, 23, who joined Yeovil in January from Irish club Shelbourne and helped them get promotion via the League One play-offs before playing all but three matches this season. The brothers speak on the phone three times a day and Stephen says the match will be special.

 

"I have an enormous amount of respect for Kevin and what he's achieved. Our mum and dad have given us so much and for them to see both sons play against each other will be really nice."

 

Stephen watched Yeovil numerous times while he was injured last season and describes them as a 'solid outfit' but believes the Reds can and must beat them.

 

He said: "It really is a six pointer. It's a game I feel we must win even this early in the season. It's about who wants it most. We have got to be up for the fight. They are underdogs and they have been all season so they are coming with some freedom. But our fans expect us to get the three points and rightly so."