Barnsley fans have every right to be concerned about what the immediate future holds after Paul Heckingbottom decided to leave for Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.
The Tykes are currently just one point and one place above the relegation zone, have one win in 16 games and are without a permanent manager ahead of this afternoon’s clash against Sheffield Wednesday.
When you add in to the mix that they clearly expected Heckingbottom to stay having backed him in the transfer market and with a new contract just days before he left, then you could understand why those in charge may be panicking.
However, it’s vital that they don’t.
Appointing a new manager is critical to their hopes of survival and it has to be the right man.
That should go without saying but we have seen clubs from the Premier League to League Two panic when their plans are ruined mid-season and it can have a negative impact.
The two current frontrunners are Danny Cowley and Mick McCarthy but the Tykes hierarchy will have to be patient and may have to fight to land the new manager that they want, but it’s important they do.
Would McCarthy want to leave now for a relegation battle when he has an outside shot at the top six with Ipswich? Will the Cowley brothers depart Lincoln when there’s a possibility they could be in the same league as Barnsley next season?
These are the questions that may put those managers off and other candidates may need convincing before they take on a side in a relegation scrap.
Barnsley have made shrewd decisions over recent years, particularly promoting Heckingbottom, and it’s vital the board consider all their options now.
With the situation they find themselves in, it would be easy to panic. However, those in charge at Barnsley need to ensure they don’t rush what is a massive decision for this football club.
Thoughts, Barnsley fans? Let us know in the comments below.
Gallery Articles11 hours ago
2 Leeds players that will be looking nervously over their shoulder after key man’s return
Gallery Articles5 hours ago
The next Zamora… Two QPR players who are on course to become fan favourites…
Derby County14 hours ago
3 Derby outcasts that would benefit from a loan move elsewhere
Sheffield United9 hours ago
‘Liverpool must be furious’ – Klopp weighing up decisive call after growing player frustration
Gallery Articles10 hours ago
These 2 players could follow 32-y/o to Leeds in January
Gallery Articles9 hours ago
3 reasons Leeds must move for Newcastle player after latest transfer news
Reading10 hours ago
‘It’d be a risk’ – A potential Reading move for QPR striker: The verdict
Aston Villa14 hours ago
3 Aston Villa outcasts that would benefit from a loan move elsewhere