Barnsley silent on Mellon’s position

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Caretaker boss Micky Mellon is still in limbo as to whether he has a future at Championship club Barnsley.

Mellon has won one match and lost one in his brief spell as caretaker boss.

But Barnsley have yet to issue a statement on the possible search for a new manager to replace the sacked David Flitcroft.

The Star understands Mellon has been given a run of games to prove he is the man for the job.

But the Scot, Flitcroft’s former assistant boss, is staying coy on a possible permanent future at the helm.

“It’s as we are, I’ve just been asked to keep ticking things along as best as possible,” stressed Mellon.

“And it was about preparing the team for what was two tough teams [against Brighton and Hove Albion and Burnley].

“There’s been absolutely no dialogue with anybody about whether any decision’s going to be made [about the manager’s job].

“I’ve got a job and I’ve got to be respectful of the people above me. I’ve not been told any differently.”

Mellon added: “We’ve just got to be professional, keep the players focused and get on with it.

“I know it’s all about the results. And we know we’ve got to be more clinical.

“But we’ve got our finger on where we need to improve. We’re going to try and get better.

“In the situation we’re in a lot of people will probably say we’ve got to battle out way out of it [the relegation zone].

“But we’ve got a different mindset and we think we can get results from putting players in positions of responsibility.”

* eading scorer Chris O’Grady could return for Saturday’s home clash with fellow strugglers Yeovil Town at Oakwell.

O’Grady has been missing with a calf injury, but Mellon revealed: “Rather than be reckless we didn’t play him [against Burnley] so he’s available as soon as possible.”