Mellon Oakwell stand-in boss as Flitcroft is sacked by Barnsley

A downcast David Flitcroft at the end of the Birmingham game
A downcast David Flitcroft at the end of the Birmingham game
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Barnsley are searching for their eighth manager in ten years after sacking David Flitcroft following a miserable run in the Championship.

Flitcroft was relieved of his duties of Saturday’s disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Birmingham City.

And the 39-year-old was joined out of the Oakwell exit door by technical coach Martin Scott and Guy Proctor, strength and conditioning coach. Assistant manager Micky Mellon has been appointed as the club’s temporary caretaker manager until a new replacement is found.

Mellon, who Flitcroft recruited to help the Barnsley cause, might push to land the vacant job for himself. He will be aided by under-21 coach Paul Heckingbottom, while goalkeeping coach Ian Wilcock and fitness coach John Lucas remain for the time being.

Already there have been a string of potential candidates linked with the position after Flitcroft became the 14th manager to be sacked so far this season. They include Sean O’Driscoll, Kevin Blackwell, Martin Allen and Brian Laws.

Flitcroft became the third manager to be sacked in the Championship.

after Nigel Clough (Derby County) and Tony Mowbray (Middlesbrough) before him.

The Star understands club chief executive Ben Mansford and chairman Maurice Watkins informed Flitcroft of owner Patrick Cryne’s decision to sack him soon after the weekend’s defeat to the Blues, the club’s tenth defeat in 17 league outings this season.

Flitcroft, who then refused to attend a post-match press conference, said his goodbyes to the players and left the club to spend time with his family.

The club have refused to comment any further on Flitcroft’s dismissal until after Tuesday night’s away clash with Brighton and Hove Albion.