Barnsley: Lee Johnson remains favourite for manager’s post as Sean O’Driscoll rules himself out

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Barnsley appear to be in no desperate rush to appoint a successor to Danny Wilson as speculation continues regarding who might be the club’s new manager.

Former Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll, now in charge of England U19s ruled himself out of the running, while Terry Butcher too, has also dismissed speculation linking him with the job.

The bookies’ favourite is still current Oldham Athletic boss Lee Johnson, though other names have now been linked, hinting at a possible short list for the Oakwell vacancy.

Johnson spoke of being flattered at any rumoured interest at his regular pre-match media conference, but also reiterated his love for his current club.

Swindon Town refused the Reds permission to speak to their boss Mark Cooper earlier in the week, but intriguingly he steadfastly refused to be drawn on the subject yesterday.

When asked about the link to Barnsley, Cooper said: “I’ve no comment. I’m not going to talk about that, I’m just talking about our game.”

Former Red Craig Hignett is still in the frame and Notts County boss Shaun Derry has been mentioned, but one shock name to emerge as a potential candidate yesterday was that of former Swindon and Sunderland manager Paolo di Canio.

The outspoken Italian is known to be keen to get back into football following an ill-fated spell in charge of the Black Cats, and Barnsley may fit the bill.

While mystery may still surround who will eventually take over the Reds’ hot seat, caretaker boss Mark Burton revealed yesterday that he would love to be offered the job permanently, although he admitted he would ‘need to get some results’ first and foremost following last weekend’s 5-1 drubbing at Crawley in his first game in charge alongside Paul Heckingbottom.

Burton, who has been told by Oakwell chiefs to simply get on with the job for now, said: “I have seen a reaction from the players this week.

“They’ve risen to the challenges we’ve set them and really stood up to be counted.

“It would be fantastic if we could get a victory against Crewe. If we don’t get one it won’t have been due to a lack of trying.”

Meanwhile, the Reds have swooped to sign Blackburn Rovers midfielder John O’Sullivan on a one-month loan deal.

Republic of Ireland under-21 international O’Sullivan scored twice in 13 appearances while on loan at League Two Accrington Stanley earlier this season.