Barnsley: Flitcroft ‘excited’ by the challenge of next season

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft.
Barnsley manager David Flitcroft.
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David Flitcroft is planning a fresh look for Barnsley and has talked of his new vision for the club.

He officially confirmed himself as the man in charge at Oakwell when signing a 12 month rolling contract as did the men who will stand alongside him, assistant manager Micky Mellon and first team coach Martin Scott.

The pair joined Flitcroft in January when he took caretaker charge and Flitcroft said they were the first two calls he made back then.

“All three of us are excited with the adventure we have ahead of us and it’s exciting and I think everybody connected with the football club is excited ,” said Flitcroft.

“So far, it has all been about the team.

“The priority was getting enough points to stay up and the players and everyone responded magnificently and it was a wonderful effort.

“But football waits for no man and whilst I had to concentrate on the team, it is essential that we manage the football club.

“It will mean doing things differently, taking a view on how we have done things and improving on that.

“I’ve got this vision of how I want the club to run and we’re looking at thing off the pitch, how we do things.”

Clearly the Barnsley boss - who impressed so many in the way he handled everything in the final four months after replacing Keith Hill - wants to ensure all bases are covered with the off-field planning.

“We all get judged on results but it is important we put things in place to help take us forward,” he added.

“Everyone could see what a tight group of players we had and the fans bought into it and they really got behind the team.

“I think the town was galvanised and we want to take the spirit we have got into the new season.”

Although he confirmed the one year deal for Jason Scotland, Flitcroft said he still wanted to bring back striker Chris O’Grady although he had a year to go on his Sheffield Wednesday contract.

“He loved it here and was 1million per cent committed and everyone saw how he became one of the group,” said Flitcroft.

However, Dave Jones the Owls manager says the Reds “do an awful lot of talking”.

The Barnsley boss knows Mellon, former Fleetwood manager, from FA coaching courses years ago and played at Bury when former Millers left back Scott was assistant manager there.

Mellon and Scott were colleagues at Bristol City.