Barnsley: Wilson reaches milestone

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson
Barnsley manager Danny Wilson
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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is hoping he celebrates his 1000th game in the dugout with a welcome league win, writes Neil Goulding.

The Reds host Leyton Orient at Oakwell tomorrow afternoon looking for their first league win for a month.

And Wilson, who joins an elite band of managers to have reached the managerial milestone, wants to make it a weekend to remember.

“I’m very proud and very privileged to have accumulated so many games, it’s amazing to think I’ve reached 1000 games at my age,” said Wilson.

“It’s down to people who have given me great support over a period of time so, for that, I’m eternally grateful.

“It’s a great milestone from a personal point of view.”

The 54-year-old, who will become one of only 24 managers to have been in the dugout for 1000 or more games, added: “I don’t think it’s going to happen too often with managers in the future because the word ‘patience’ has long gone.

“It’s certainly a results and financial-driven industry these days, so you probably won’t see too many managers reaching the milestone.

“I’ve had some great times at clubs and I’m very proud to say I’ve never left a club in a bad position or with ill feeling.

“I’ve still got that ambition to be successful and it’s burning very brightly. I’m very focused on what we’re trying to do at the club.

“I’ll know when the time is right to retire, but that’s not yet. I’m still very ambitious.”

Wilson was understandably delighted after his hit-and-miss side finally gave him something to smile about with a battling 3-0 FA Cup second round victory over Chester on Tuesday night.

The Conference side had been tipped to cause a major upset at the Deva Stadium having held the Reds to a goalless draw at Oakwell.

And with the BT Sport and BBC cameras at the game ready to broadcast a shock, Wilson saw his side show plenty of character to end a run of five games without a win.

“Everybody and their uncle thought we were going to get knocked out,” admitted Wilson. “That’s why there were so many TV cameras and press there.

“They thought Chester were going to get a scalp and I was going to lose my job. It was all those sort of scenarios.

“But what pleased be more than anything was the mentality we showed. We never took a backward step. We applied ourselves so well.

“It was a good result and just what was needed.”