Barnsley: Highly-regarded Mellons aims to stake Reds claim

Caretaker Barnsley manager Micky Mellon.
Caretaker Barnsley manager Micky Mellon.
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Micky Mellon will be given a run of games to prove that he can land the Barnsley manager’s job on a permanent basis.

Mellon has been appointed caretaker manager after the club sacked David Flitcroft with the Reds rooted to the foot of the Championship. The club’s Under-21 coach Paul Heckingbottom has been appointed assistant caretaker manager to assist Mellon ahead of tough away clashes with Brighton and Hove Albion tonight and then Burnley on Saturday.

And The Star understands that Mellon, who was appointed Flitcroft’s assistant manager in December, will be given an extended run of games to see if can help turn around the club’s faltering fortunes.

A club insider told The Star that former Fleetwood Town boss Mellon is to be offered the opportunity to make improvements having played a key role in helping the club avoiding relegation last season against all the odds. But how long the former Tranmere Rovers, Blackpool and Burnley midfielder will get at the helm depends on the results over the next couple of weeks.

More defeats for a side which has lost 10 of their 17 league matches so far this season will undoubtedly mean a new manager, with fresh sides, will be recruited.

And already the rumour mill has started swirling with former Reds’ boss Danny Wilson hotly-tipped for a return to Oakwell for a second managerial spell.

Wilson, who has also managed fellow Yorkshire clubs Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, played for the Reds between 1993-1995 and managed the club from 1994-1998, initially as a player-manager.