Barnsley must earn their luck: Mellon

Temporary Barnsley boss Micky Mellon on the sidelines
Temporary Barnsley boss Micky Mellon on the sidelines
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Micky Mellon - still bookies’ favourite to land the permanent job as Barnsley manager - believes the Reds have been unlucky on their travels this season.

The caretaker boss was glad to see a run of 16 games without an away win ended in his first game in charge.

A 2-1 win over Brighton was just the start Mellon had been looking for having been handed the managerial reigns.

But Mellon and his players were brought back down to earth with defeat at leaders Burnley on Saturday.

“I’m glad that stat [without an away since February] is off our back now so we can’t keep getting whipped with that one” admitted Mellon.

“We’ve certainly been very unlucky away games this season. But luck is something you have to go looking for sometimes.”

Mellon admits it’s been strange going to work every day with his good friends David Flitcroft and Martin Scott having left the club.

Flitcroft, though, hasn’t wasted any time finding new work having been confirmed as the new Bury manager.

“It has been a big change for us, certainly in my office because there’s only me in it now,” admitted Mellon.

“It’s been an emotional few days. We’re not trying to be soft or martyrs, but it has been tough.

“We’ve haven’t achieved anything yet, but what’s happened (Flitcroft’s sacking) has had some sort of impact on how the players performed.

“There are areas we know we can get better as a group, but I’ve enjoyed it and I’ve really enjoyed preparing the team.”

Meanwhile, former Manchester United manager Mike Phelan continues to be linked to the managerial position at Barnsley, as does former Blackburn Rovers manager Michael Appleton and ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson.

But a victory for Mellon and his team at home to Yeovil Town would boost the Scot’s chances of landing the job on a permanent basis.