Barnsley sack Wilson ahead of Crawley clash

Former Barnsley manager Danny Wilson   Photographer Rich Linley/CameraSport
Former Barnsley manager Danny Wilson Photographer Rich Linley/CameraSport

Crawley Town will face a managerless side for the second successive weekend after Barnsley sacked Danny Wilson this morning.

The Tykes, who visit the Stadium on Saturday, have terminated the employment of both Wilson and assistant Chris Hutchings with immediate effect.

The club has said that considering they have the fifth-highest wage bill in League One, their 17th position is ‘unacceptable’.

Wilson led Barnsley to the Premiership in 1997 and returned the club for a second spell as boss in December 2013, but was unable to stop them being relegated last season.

Mark Burton, who is head of academy coaching, will take charge for Saturday’s match with senior development coach Paul Heckingbottom.

Reds also faced Yeovil last weekend just two days after Gary Johnson was relieved of his duties at the club.

That spurred a rejuvenated Glovers to a 2-1 win under temporary manager Terry Skiverton and assistant Darren Way.

A Barnsley club statement read: “The club would like to place on record its thanks for Danny’s work-ethic and determination during his time with the club and the support Chris provided Danny with since he joined the club in March 2014.

“Danny joined the club at a very difficult time which was a testament to his character and affection for the club – all the while demonstrating the utmost professionalism during his time with the club. Danny will always be welcome back at Oakwell.

“However, recent performances and results have been concerning, considering the club currently boasts the fifth highest wage bill in League One in addition to a fourth highest equity donation by our owner.

“Meanwhile, our current league position of 17th is in stark contrast to an average home gate of sixth-best in the division. Whilst the Club acknowledges there has been a large turnover of players, the league position is still unacceptable considering all of the above.

“Barnsley Football Club asks all supporters to please get behind Mark Burton and Paul Heckingbottom on Saturday as we seek three valuable points to propel the side up the league table.”