New deal for Flitcroft

David Flitcroft, agreed a one-year rolling contract
David Flitcroft, agreed a one-year rolling contract
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Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has agreed a new contract to manage the club next season.

Flitcroft was yesterday linked with the vacant manager’s position at Wolves.

But the 39-year-old, who became the club’s caretaker boss when Keith Hill was sacked just before the turn of the year, has committed himself to the Reds on a one-year rolling contract.

Flitcroft’s assistants Micky Mellon and Martin Scott have also been offered permanent deals to stay at the club after they also played a major role in helping the club secure Championship safety.

“We’re delighted David has accepted his deal,” Reds director Don Rowing told The Star. “David has earned the right to manage the team on a permanent basis. What he and his staff did to keep this club in the Championship was incredible.

“There were certain assurances he wanted before agreeing to a new deal, but we’ve met those and he’s happy with his deal.”

The Star understands some of those assurances involved an improved budget for next season, better training facilities, a better coach for away travel and better hotels for the players for overnight stays.

Flitcroft is keen to be as professional as possible and is understood to be a stickler for the finer details.

He believes looking after the players is paramount to the success the club can achieve on the pitch.

However, Rowing yesterday refused to be drawn on how much of a budget would be available to Flitcroft next season.

But he did reveal: “At this moment in time we’ve not discussed a budget, but it won’t be less that this season.

“David’s spoke to [owner] Patrick [Cryne] and that will probably have been discussed.”

Meanwhile, Martin Cranie, Bobby Hassell, Kelvin Etuhu, Luke Steele, Tomasz Cywka, Tom Kennedy, Jimmy McNulty and Jason Scotland are all on the club’s retained list after being contacted to discuss new deals for next season.