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Barnsley key figure delivers verdict on his future amid relegation fears

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Barnsley manager Poya Asbaghi has revealed he isn’t thinking about his long-term future at the club despite the possibility of relegation at the end of the season, speaking to the Tykes’ media team in his pre-match press conference.

He arrived at Oakwell back in November to succeed Markus Schopp, who had endured a miserable start to the season with the South Yorkshire outfit prior to his dismissal, failing to live up to Valerien Ismael’s standards as they fell into major relegation danger.

Unfortunately for Asbaghi, he didn’t endure a new manager bounce and saw the Tykes continue to struggle, with Neil Warnock even being linked to the club as a possible replacement for the Iranian.

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However, the drop-zone battlers have managed to revive their season in recent weeks, winning three of their last six games and coming within seconds of making that four until Lewis Baker scored an injury-time equaliser for Stoke City in midweek.

Despite this setback against the Potters, they have given themselves a fighting chance of  remaining afloat in the Championship as they currently sit just five points behind 21st-placed side Reading with 11 league games to go and have a game in hand over Derby County who Asbaghi’s side currently sit level on points with.

A sacking could be on the agenda if he fails in his mission to achieve survival – but the 36-year-old isn’t thinking beyond tomorrow afternoon’s tie against league leaders Fulham.

He said: “I don’t look into the future in terms of things like that. I’m focused only on the next game. We have to give all of our attention to this.

“But when everything is done, at the end of the season, I’m sure we will look at everything.

“I am here to help Barnsley stay in the division, I enjoy it here and we have to make this a great couple of months for everyone.”

The Verdict:

His job did look to be in danger not so long ago, so the 36-year-old can look at the upcoming fixtures more positively in terms of his future, though questions will start to be asked if he loses another couple.

Tomorrow’s match could be seen as a bit of a free hit considering the calibre of their opponents – but they need to start getting more points on the board sooner rather than later if they are to beat the likes of Reading and Derby to safety.

At this stage, there only seems to be four teams in the relegation battle which will reduce their chances of remaining afloat. However, they previously looked doomed and are probably still not expected to stay up considering the attention surrounding Derby’s rise.

This lack of attention on them could prove to be advantageous and the marginal gain they need to go under the radar again and fight for their second-tier status – and if they were to pull it off – it would be a great achievement.

It may not be a great achievement when you look at the players they have and where they were last term – but this looks set to be an extremely tough battle.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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