Date: 19th December 2013 at 12:59pm
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The return of Danny Wilson has Barnsley boss has given the majority of Barnsley fans new hope. The more cynical and always negative Barnsley fans have questioned what he has achieved as a manager other than with us.

I believe is record everywhere barring Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons is excellent and he has been prematurely sacked at other clubs as is the culture in modern football.

Undoubtedly his biggest achievement was with the super reds when he took us to the Premier League in 1997.

He then left in 1998 to join local rivals Sheffield Wednesday. He was sacked by Wednesday in March 2000 with the club second bottom of the Premier League and relegation followed.

Other clubs Wilson has managed are:

Bristol City (June 2000 – June 2004). He led Bristol City to the League One play off final in 2004; however they failed to gain promotion. Wilson improved Bristol City during his time there and for me the club became a bit too ambitious. Following Wilson`s departure they had a couple of seasons of mid table obscurity before gaining promotion to the Championship.

MK Dons (December 2004 – June 2006). When Wilson took the helm the Dons were second bottom and six points adrift of safety. Wilson steered them to survival on goal difference. He was unable to prevent relegation the following season and was relieved of his duties.

Hartlepool (June 2006 – December 2008). Wilson led Hartlepool to promotion from league two in his first season in charge. He then consolidated in his second season with a 15th place finish in league one. He was inexplicably sacked and Hartlepool have gone downhill ever since and are now back in league two.

Swindon (December 2008 – March 2011). He led relegation favourites Swindon to the league one play-offs in 2010. They failed to gain promotion and sold every player worth anything. Wilson was sacked the following season with the club sitting 20th. They went on to finish bottom of the table.

Sheffield United (May 2011 – April 2013). Wilson led Sheffield United to the League One play-off final where they lost on penalties. The following season the Blades were sat in fifth when Wilson was sacked and we all know where they sit now.

Barnsley have had 12 permanent managers since Wilson left in 1998. None of those have reigned as long as Wilson`s four years.