It would take a huge job to drag me away from Barnsley, says Paul Heckingbottom

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom insists it would take a huge job to lure him away from the club.

The Reds’ gaffer was heavily linked with the then vacant Nottingham Forest job inJanuary.

When any Championship job comes up Heckingbottom seems to be among the front runners with the bookmakers - testament to how well he has done at Oakwell.

However, much like player transfers a lot of it is pure speculation and the former defender is more than happy at the club.

“It would take something big to get me away from here,” revealed Heckingbottom.

“A lot of it is just speculation. I’m under contract here and the only way I could go would be if someone came in and gave the money to the club, just like a player.

“My focus has always been on us and getting us better and I don’t think I’d have time to think about anything like that.”

Born and bred in Barnsley, Heckingbottom plied his trade at his hometown club between 2006-2008.

And once his playing days were over he rejoined the Reds coaching staff.

He is now on a one-year rolling contract after taking over, initially on a caretaker basis, after Lee Johnson left.

Although he loves the job, Heckingbottom was wary of taking it as he realised it meant one day he would leave his beloved Barnsley.

He added: “One of the reasons I took so long to take the job is because one you sign on the dotted line, I know I’m leaving Barnsley at some point.

“Just look at the stats, I’ve probably already lasted longer than the average Championship manager. That’s one of the chats I had with my family about things changing, because I’m either sacked or moving on at some stage.”