Barnsley: The Rift

Oakwell's David Flitcroft
Oakwell's David Flitcroft
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BARNSLEY assistant boss David Flitcroft has revealed a hidden family heartache - he and his brother Garry, the former Manchester City and Blackburn player, rarely speak to each other these days.

The pair were believed to be inseparable growing up from a tight family background in Bolton, but a falling out saw them drift apart.

Ex-Blade Garry Flitcroft

Ex-Blade Garry Flitcroft

Garry, who played six games for Sheffield United towards the end of his career, is now manager of Chorley and guided the club to promotion to the NPL Premier Division.

Meanwhile, David, who is a year younger, is No 2 to Keith Hill at Oakwell.

He had playing spells with Preston, Chester City, Rochdale, Macclesfield, Bury and Hyde United.

“We used to be like the Kray twins; we were really close. But, as families do, there are fallouts,” David told The Star.

“I do miss him. I do see him now and again, but we haven’t really got a relationship like we used to have. I do my thing and he does his.

“I took a different adventure. We were close when we ran the family business, but when it all went pear-shaped we went our separate ways.”

The Flitcroft brothers’ father passed away about a year ago and his death inspired David to establish a football academy to nurture budding youngsters.

“I realised I wanted to teach kids. I try and teach them life skills, all the things that I respected from my dad’s philosophy,” said the 37-year-old.

“I’ve got my own coaching academy now with two-and-a-half-year olds up to seven-year-olds, which I really enjoy doing. My company coaches over 300 kids a week.

“We teach them family values, a lot of stuff which seems to have got lost in the wash somewhere in this modern day.”