Barnsley: Reds coach and feelgood factor

Barnsley first team coach Martin Scott
Barnsley first team coach Martin Scott
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He’ll be back working in South Yorkshire which is where it all began for Barnsley’s new first team coach Martin Scott.

Sheffield, exactly, and Wincobank to be more precise. And there’s a bit of Rotherham in there as well.

He has been based in the North East since concluding his playing career at Sunderland - where he helped them into the Premier League - and where he cut his coaching and management teeth.

That was initially as youth team coach at Hartlepool, doing an excellent job which led to a spell in charge of the first team. He was also U18s coach and, later, reserve team coach at Middlesbrough working under Gareth Southgate.

But in between times he had also been as Bury, as assistant to Chris Casper (father of Barnsley-born Frank who played for the Millers and Burnley), which is where he first came across David Flitcroft.

“He was a player there and you could see his qualities as a team man,” said Martin. “He believed in sticking together and he was good because we were struggling at the time and he was a real good character on and off the pitch.

“He is someone who has had to work hard for everything but he is an honest lad - very straight, very honest - and, having become friends, I was delighted to get the call from him.”

That call was one of two Flitcroft made after his appointment - to the end of the season - following the win over Leeds United in January. The other was to Micky Mellon, now the Reds’ assistant manager.

“Amazing, really, because the gaffer didn’t know that me and Micky (Mellon) knew each other,” said Martin.

“When I signed for Bristol City (in a £180,000 move from Rotherham United where he’d come through the ranks as a talented left back) Micky was a young player there and I moved in digs with him. We got on really well and we’ve kept in touch all our careers so it’s fantastic this is bringing all three of us together again.

“What the gaffer has done in the second half of the season is remarkable; everyone has had a belief in what we were trying, and want, to do.

“There has been a positive feel to everything and we have got the town of Barnsley back onside.

“Of course, staying up was important but there is a feelgood factor about the place which hadn’t been there for a while and it’s important we keep it going next season.

“I’m delighted to be a part of it,” he added.