Barnsley: Dawson says Reds players want new manager in place

Barnsley's Stephen Dawson.
Barnsley's Stephen Dawson.
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Midfielder Stephen Dawson has revealed Barnsley’s players are in the dark as to whether or not the club are going to appoint a new manager.

Former boss David Flitcroft was sacked nearly a fortnight ago with the club rooted to the bottom of the Championship.

But since appointing Micky Mellon as caretaker boss, the Reds have kept tight-lipped on who will be a permanent replacement.

They issued a statement yesterday through chief executive Ben Mansford, but gave very little away.

Mansford said in the statment: “We want to do our business in private, but we always wanted Micky [Mellon] to have the opportunity to be his own person. He’s earned the right to do that and that’s where we currently sit at the moment.”

But Dawson, speaking exclusively to The Star, said: “We [the players] haven’t been told anything.

“I think the club need to get is sorted really because all of us want to know what’s happening.

“All we know is that Micky is going to be in charge for the Yeovil game this weekend – and after that who knows?”

Dubliner Dawson was sad to see Flitcroft leave Oakwell, but admits the team’s frustrating form this season meant the pressure was always mounting.

“It got to the point where we David saw sacked – and as players we all feel responsible for that,” added Dawson. “But I’m glad he’s got himself a job back at Bury now.

“As players, individually and collectively, we haven’t been good enough.

“It’s how football goes, if your results are bad then the manager ends up getting sacked and the players end up staying. It’s never nice but while we’re still here [at the club] then we’ve got the chance to put things right.”