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'I'm the one to blame,' says Danny

By Doug O'Kane, Sports Editor Friday 2nd May 2014
Danny Wilson.
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Manager Danny Wilson says all the blame for Barnsley's drop to League One should be directed at him.


Wilson was appointed when the Reds were bottom of the league, three points adrift of safety, with three wins and 14 points from 20 matches. Following David Flitcroft's poor start and Micky Mellon's brief spell as caretaker, he has since picked up 24 points from his 25 games in charge.


"I am not going to blame anybody else," the manager told the Chronicle.


"I was at the helm. It's down to me, nobody else.  People might blame someone else and say it's not my fault. But it is my fault. I'm the manager of the football club. Whether they were bottom of the league when I took over or not doesn't matter.


"I'm hopefully going to rectify it next year and bring a bit of pride back to the football club."


Wilson made many changes to the squad in January with the likes of David Perkins, Scott Wiseman, Chris Dagnall and Jason Scotland leaving to be replaced by signings such as Liam Lawrence, Emmanuel Frimpong, Jack Hunt, Ryan McLaughlin, Nick Proschwitz and Brek Shea.


"I had to make changes," said Wilson. "I could not have continued with the downbeat feeling in the club that we had when I came in.  Everyone was feeling sorry for themselves and expecting it to be a long hard season. We needed a spark and that's why the change of players took place.  Making those changes gave us a chance even though in the end it was too much for us.


"Whether they were good, bad or indifferent is irrespective. We needed fresh faces, a new approach, a brightness and a spark. The fans needed that as well.  They didn't want us to sit on our hands. People will say I was brave or stupid and that's up to them. "We knew we needed to strengthen certain areas and in some cases it has worked and in some it hasn't. There has been a lack of quality in certain areas which we've not been able to arrest."