Barnsley: Wilson looks to future as Reds face crunch double-header

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson argues with the fourth official during their 2-1 defeat at Derby.
Barnsley boss Danny Wilson argues with the fourth official during their 2-1 defeat at Derby.
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Reds boss Danny Wilson has admitted he’s already got an eye on next season – whether the Reds are plying their trade in the Championship or

League One.

Wilson would love for the Reds to be playing in the second-tier for an eighth successive season. But the 54-year-old is desperate to make sure the Oakwell outfit fulfil their potential.

And Wilson has stressed he wants to manage the club for the forseeable future.

“It’s important to have an eye on next season already,” he told The Star. “If we can win our next two games then I definitely believe we can stay up. We might need a bit of luck to be on our side, but all we can do is win our last two matches and hopefully things work in our favour.

“But whichever division we’re in I’ll be here. I want to help build stability at this club because that’s what I believe it needs.”

If the Reds stay up then they would arguably be in a stronger position to hold on to key players such as leading scorer Chris O’Grady or proven performers at Championship level like goalkeeper Luke Steele or winger Jim O’Brien.

But relegation to League One would undoubtedly see a host of players leave the club, many of whom would be keen to continue playing their football in the Championship.

“We’ll have to see what happens with players,” admitted Wilson, ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash with Middlesbrough. “It depends on what division we’re in.

“But if we can’t get the players motivated for this weekend, for such a big match, then we’re not doing the right job. I was very angry after the game on Monday [a 2-1 away defeat to Derby County]. It was frustrating because the players didn’t do what I asked for, but in the second half they played without a fear-factor and could have got something from the game.”

Nothing less than a victory will do at the Riverside Stadium. Defeat and the Reds are down.