Barnsley: Danny Wilson aims to get Reds back on track

New Reds managers Danny Wilson pictured at Barnsley FC today. Pic: Steve Parkin.
New Reds managers Danny Wilson pictured at Barnsley FC today. Pic: Steve Parkin.
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New Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is relishing the chance to get the Championship basement boys back on track.

And the former Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United manager has dared the club to dream of Premier League promotion in the future.

But for the now Wilson wants the Reds to focus on retaining their status in the English second tier after a disappointing start to the season.

“You never say never do you?” said Wilson. “You’ve got to dream.

“The dream is there for everybody [to get into the Premier League one day], but it’s a very tough industry at the moment.

“I know it’s not going to be easy but I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

In his first spell in charge, Wilson guided Barnsley to a memorable promotion to the Premier League in 1997.

It was an amazing achievement for Wilson, his players the South Yorkshire club having gone as the Division One runners-up.

It was also the first time in the 125-year history of the club that they had won promotion to the top division of English football.

But Wilson knows that his second spell in charge of the Reds is going to be tougher this time around.

“It’s obviously tougher,” stressed Wilson. “You’ve got the money-factor now with teams coming down from the Premier League. It makes it hard.

“But I’m looking forward to this opportunity. The deal has been done very professionally. They [the club] did well to keep a lid on things. I like that.”

The club refused to reveal the length of Wilson’s contract, but The Star understands he has definitely been offered a contract until the end of the season. After that it’s anyone’s guess.

Barnsley chief executive Ben Mansford added: “He’s [Danny] got an intricate knowledge of the club.

“I never expected to be looking for a manager so early in the season, but we had too.

“But myself and the board feel Danny is the right man for the job.”

Wilson played for Barnsley between 1993-1995 and then managed the club during a successful four-year spell in 1998. At the start of his tenure he was a player-manager at Oakwell.

Wilson has also managed Hartlepool United, MK Dons, Swindon Town and Bristol City, but he is well-known around South Yorkshire having managed Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.

He managed the Owls between 1998 and 2000, before being appointed as the new Blades’ boss in May 2011.

His appointment at Bramall Lane was met with unrest from some fans, around 400 of whom staged a protest outside the club when he as announced as Micky Adam’s replacement in the managerial hot seat.

Wilson left the Blades in April this year with an impressive 51.89 per cent win ratio and having guided the club to the League One Play-off final in his first season in charge.