Barnsley: Can Danny work a miracle for Reds?

New manager Danny Wilson has his work cut out to avoid the rock-bottom Reds going down to League One come the end of this season
New manager Danny Wilson has his work cut out to avoid the rock-bottom Reds going down to League One come the end of this season
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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson will be glad of a little bit of respite – and time to reflect - on his Oakwell return.

And who could blame him, for he has yet to see his side win in the five games since his ‘second coming’ at the club.

Wilson worked miracles in guiding the Reds to Premier League promotion in 1997. He achieved hero status for it it was a real achievement given a limited budget.

But Wilson has acknowledged that this new challenge – keeping the club in English second tier - is one of the biggest he’s faced in his managerial career.

The Reds are bottom of the Championship, their supporters are down in the dumps and they just don’t look like winning a game at the moment. They rarely have all season. Granted, a lot of those failures and problems came whilst David Flitcroft was in charge.

But the Wilson-factor has yet to kick-in – and Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat at home to League One Coventry City underlines the point.

So what now for the Reds? A club who have been languishing in the relegation zone for much of the season, have won just three games in 24 league outings and who have a string of tough fixtures in January. They are out of both the cups so they have just 22 games to turn their miserable season around.

Can Wilson mastermind what’s looking like a mission impossible?

It’s going to be tough, but Wilson has enough experience to save the Reds, in my view.

He will have to buy well in the transfer window – and the former Barnsley midfielder will have to use the loan market to good effect as well.

The Reds need new blood and many of the current squad have had their chances. It’s now time to move on and let someone else have a go.

The Reds supporters deserve a boost. They’ve had to witness their team embroiled in a relegation dogfight for the last few seasons. Wilson will play attacking football and is desperate for a new striker because goals have been a problem. The only worry is whether there enough time for Wilson to work his magic. I hope so, but I’ve got a really sad feeling the club are ready for the drop.