Barnsley are looking forward after Tommy Wright embarrassment

Barnley's Jamie Clapham,  appointed first-team coach at Barnsley FC.
Barnley's Jamie Clapham, appointed first-team coach at Barnsley FC.
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Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom is pleased the club moved swiftly to name Tommy Wright’s replacement.

Wright’s contract was terminated last Thursday after allegations which formed part of the Daily Telegraph’s investigation into football, with Jamie Clapham named as first-team coach on Friday.

Despite the new addition in the dugout at Elland Road, the Reds failed to end the week for the club on a high as they went down 2-1 to Leeds United on Saturday.

Wright, who vehemently denies any wrongdoing, was filmed receiving a white paper bag - allegedly containing £5,000 - during an undercover sting.

Heckingbottom admitted talking to his close mate, and former right-hand man, since the damning accusations came out last week but preferred to remain tight-lipped on what was said between the two.

Heckingbottom now hopes the Reds can finally put the saga behind them and move on with their season. “It’s all about moving on now and that’s all we can do,” admitted Heckingbottom. “It’s been done, what’s happened happened and we have to move on.

“I’ve spoken to him a few times. It’s difficult because he’s my mate.

“From Wednesday morning the conversations I’ve had with him haven’t been nice. It’s all gone now and anything I’ve said to Tommy is between me and Tommy.

“You’ve got to be clear in what you want and act swiftly.

“It’s made my job easier and the players’ job easier because we could all focus on the football.

“From my perspective, with anyone at the club, when we make changes we have to make sure that the changes are for the better.”

Heckingbottom will be hoping for a couple of quieter weeks with the international break.

The squad will work hard for a couple of days before having some time off.

The Reds sit comfortably in mid table after the opening 11 games and despite falling away over the past couple of weeks, the Barnsley boss is delighted with his side’s start.

Heckingbottom’s charges have collected 16 points after 11 fixtures, a decent start to life back in the Championship.

“I’ve said it to the players, 16 points from 11, we’d have snapped your hand off,” stressed Heckingbottom.

“Now it’s about improving and whether we can take more than 16 points from our next 11.”