Barnsley: Reds axe David Flitcroft

Axed: David Flitcroft after Barnsley  lose 3-0 at home to Birmingham City  - their tenth defeat in 17 games. Photo: Dean Atkins.

Axed: David Flitcroft after Barnsley lose 3-0 at home to Birmingham City - their tenth defeat in 17 games. Photo: Dean Atkins.

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The David Flitcroft era - as brief as it was - is over at Barnsley.

Today’s 3-0 defeat at Oakwell, by visiting Birmingham City, persuaded the owners to part company with him.

It was the Reds’ tenth defeat in 17 games this season.

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Flitcroft, who took sole charge at Oakwell in December last year, steered the club to Championship safety on the final day following a 2-2 draw at Huddersfield Town.

His firing is hardly a surprise.

Barnsley are six points adrift of safety with just 11 points.

Technical coach Martin Scott and strength and conditioning coach Guy Proctor have followed Flitcroft out of the door, with assistant manager Micky Mellon placed in caretaker charge alongside development coach Paul Heckingbottom.

A statement on behalf of club owner Patrick Cryne read: “The club would like to place on record their appreciation and thanks for what David, Martin and Guy have achieved,” the statement said.

“There will be no further statements from the club until Wednesday 4 December 2013.”

Flitcroft didn’t attend his post-match press conference after the game as it soon emerged that he’d been relieved of his first-team duties.

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