NEW Barnsley manager David Flitcroft says he has his work cut out to keep the club in the Championship.
Keith Hill’s former assistant was unveiled as the new Reds boss at a press conference at Oakwell yesterday.
Flitcroft guided the club to a fine 2-0 Yorkshire derby win over Leeds United last weekend, but the struggling Reds are still second from bottom in the standings and four points adrift of safety.
And with only 19 league games remaining Flitcroft and his players need to turn things around – and quickly or relegation will be waiting come the end of the season.
“It’s going to be hard, but it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward too,” Flitcroft told The Star. “The players are behind me and we’re all focused on trying to retain our Championship status.
“Everyone has got to pull together if we’re going to stay in this division. It’s got to be a collective effort.”
A view shared by Reds’ director Don Rowing who has urged the club’s supporters to back Flitcroft to get the club out of trouble and retain their Championship status for an eighth successive season.
“There’s 57 points to play for and we know what’s needed, but we need everybody fighting together to make it happen for us,” Rowing told The Star. “David’s got Micky [Mellon] and Martin [Scott] to help him, but at the end of the day we’ve all got to chip in and help him.”
The Star understands Fulham, Wigan and Southampton have been in contact with a view to buying homegrown full back John Stones.
Stones is rumoured to be worth a £1.5million transfer fee, but Rowing stressed: “We’ve not received any official bids for John. As far as we’re concerned he wants to stay at the football club.”
Last night Barnsley beat Oxford 3-1 in the FA Youth Cup third round at Oakwell.