Date: 30th May 2016 at 5:29pm
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Patrick Cryne has confirmed that no talks have really taken place yet with caretaker head coach Paul Heckingbottom, but ultimately the job is there for him to take.

With a second trip to Wembley seeing Barnsley end the season with the Johnstone’s Paint trophy and promotion to the Championship this season, all eyes turn to the future and Heckingbottom’s own future is first on the cards following the job he did when taking over from the departed Lee Johnson.

In quotes carried by the Yorkshire Post Cryne explained.

‘We have never had a conversation about it at any time as he`d say, ‘let`s leave it.’ There`s never been a time in the run-up to the end of the season where we could sit down and speak about the future with any certainty where we will be. But the job is his for the taking if he wants it.’

Given the job the 38 year old has done for us, Cryne also admitted it would be naive to not think a few other boardrooms were looking at him this summer as well.

‘I would imagine quite a few other people might want him as well. But I hope that the Barnsley pull will be enough. Paul has a blend of all the things you would want a manager to have. He was a tenacious footballer in his own right and knew how to tough it out on the pitch. But he`s also a very thoughtful and well-qualified coach with a lot of academic elements in his personality and is very thoughtful. But at the same time he is not overadventurous and if it isn`t broke, he doesn`t tinker with a winning formula and those are things I admire – and he is a Barnsley lad as well.’

With promotion back to the Championship secured, he ended by saying it had been the greatest moment of his time with the club so far.

‘It does surpass everything, without a doubt. It was good to get in the Championship first time around (2005-06), which was very satisfying. But we weren`t as well prepared as we are this time. But the Championship is more difficult than it used to be, so it is going to be an interesting next year.’

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