Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom ready for some family time

Paul Heckingbottom: Taking a break with the family
Paul Heckingbottom: Taking a break with the family
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Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom is chomping at the bit to spend some quality time with his family.

With the Reds’ first campaign back in the Championship now over, the club’s head coach is going to have some well-earned time off with his loved ones.

“I am having a break this year as I didn’t have one last year,” revealed Heckingbottom, whose side ended the season with a respectful mid-table finish in the second tier.

“I’m definitely getting away so somebody else will have to be driving things forward whilst I’m not here. My phone will be off. I’m going to New York with the missus for a few days and then we’ll be taking the kids away in half term as well.

“One thing everyone says to me is ‘family first’ and everyone knows I’m a big family man.

“I know I need to make sure I spend more time with them and make sure that’s good time.”

The former defender understands the need to enjoy some downtime whilst he can.

Barnsley’s players will be back on the training ground before Heckingbottom knows it, with the club also trying to get deals done in the transfer window.

And he has been told by others in the trade how valuable it is to recuperate in the off-season.

He added: “People a lot more experienced than me say you’ve got to look after yourself and make sure you’re healthy and as much as I want to crack on and keep doing it, you’ve got to recharge.”