BARNSLEY: O’Driscoll rejects Reds job

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FORMER Doncaster Rovers chief Sean O’Driscoll has tonight turned down the vacant manager’s position at Barnsley.

The 55-year-old was surprisingly sacked by Nottingham Forest a matter of hours after their Boxing Day win over Leeds, and had been the overwhelming favourite to replace Keith Hill at Oakwell.

He met with Barnsley’s board on Thursday but tonight released a statement through the club ruling himself out of the running.

He said: “I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to have spoken to Barnsley. In my one meeting with the directors I was keen to ascertain exactly what the short and long term strategies and ambitions of the club are and how I maybe able to help the club achieve those. At no point were terms discussed by either party.

“Barnsley is a well-run club whose achievements in successfully maintaining their Championship status for so many seasons should never be underestimated. The directors’ commitment to and passion for Barnsley FC impressed me. The directors are understandably keen to make a quick appointment to continue the work of trying to retain the club’s Championship status once again.

“But at this moment, and given the extremely disappointing and sudden nature of my departure from Nottingham Forest, I’ve respectfully declined the opportunity to become Barnsley’s next manager. I wish the club, players and supporters all the best for the rest of the season.”

Hill’s former assistant, David Flitcroft, took Barnsley for their 1-0 FA Cup win over Burnley yesterday.