Date: 7th September 2017 at 8:40am
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Mark Burton, following 10 years of employment at Barnsley, has left to ‘pursue other interests outside of the club,’ said the Official Website.

During his time with the Reds, which saw Burton act as Head of Academy coaching, the club have seen the likes of John Stones – Everton then Manchester City along with England – and Mason Holgate – also Everton and England at U21 level – come through the clubs’ setup, many others too, and end up playing in the Premier League.

It was recently felt the time was right for him to move on though.

He does so with the clubs’ best wishes of course: ‘The Club wish to place on record the recognition and achievements during his tenure with the Academy and wish him well in his career progression,’ added the Reds’ statement.

Meanwhile, on the playing side of things, midfielder Stevie Mallan has admitted it’s been hard going from regular football week-in-week-out at St Mirren to none at all at Oakwell.

Mallan told BBC Scotland: ‘I’ve gone from playing every week to not playing. It’s hard. I’ve got a lot of learning to do. I’ve seen the change going down south and a lot of my game I have to work on.’

However, Mallan; is up for the fight as he looks to force his way into Paul Heckingbottom’s plans.

‘I’ve spoken to the manager and everything I’m doing just now is to learn more and more. I need to fight my way into the team and I’m looking forward to the challenge.’

A potential loan return to Scotland could be an option for Mallan, an option his Reds’ teammate Liam Lindsay – who had to wait until the win over Sunderland recently for his own competitive debut – took in the past, doesn’t appeal.

He added: ‘The easy option is to come back, but that wasn’t really in my thought process. I want to fight my way into the Championship and play my football in the highest stage you can. That’s the next stepping stone for me, so I’m going to do everything I can to get into that team.’

Mallan, on target for Scotland in an U21 win over Holland on Tuesday, is certainly talking a good talk and showing a good attitude – the type that suggests he’s got plenty to offer the Reds and will produce when his chance comes.

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