FORMER Barnsley boss Mark Robins believes current Reds manager David Flitcroft has achieved a “miracle” by helping the club avoid Championship relegation.
And Robins, who had two successful seasons in charge at Oakwell, is pleased the club have retained their status in the English second tier.
“I’m pleased for them,” said Robins. “I’ve certainly had no axe to grind with Barnsley, I bear the club no malice or ill-feeling - why should I?
“What Dave Flitcroft has done there since he took over has been nothing short of miraculous.
“I remember thinking when he took over from Keith Hill that they werealready looking dead and buried. He’s proved a lot of people wrong though, people who were maybe surprised when he was given the job.
“They’ve been showing promotion, or certainly play-off form since the turn of the year.
“Dave Flitcroft deserves enormous credit for that.
“ They’ve been brilliant and I’m pleased they stayed up with us.”
Flitcroft gave a moving dressing room speech after his side’s battling 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town – managed by Robins – saw both clubs secure their Championship safety for another season.
And an eighth successive year in the league will give Flitcroft the chance to make even greater strides, providing his contract and that of many of the players will be sorted over the coming weeks.
Flitcroft has galvanized the club and the town – and he was quick to praise the club’s supporters.
“The fans were just amazing,” said Flitcroft. ‘I’ve just got total respect for every one of them out there. For all the players to be applauded like that at the end [of thegame], well that just made me realise how great this game is. “