Date: 9th February 2016 at 7:40pm
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There’s no getting away from the fact losing Lee Johnson was a blow to Barnsley, then again bosses, manager’s, Head Coach’s, call them what you will, come and go don’t they the only constant in football is the club and the fans.

The Reds will recover from his loss, and didn’t start to badly against Bury without him!

In time a replacement will be needed not that chief executive Ben Mansford is in a hurry to make this appointment due to the set up currently in place as all, bar perhaps the ‘focal point’ of that Johnson, remains.

Paul Heckingbottom and Tommy Wright stepped up after Johnson joined Bristol City with these two being entrusted to continue for the foreseeable future.

Mansford, who knows Heckingbottom is Barnsley through and through, told the BBC he’s happy with these two with Wright ‘committed’ despite being assistant to Johnson here and at Oldham before hand, so we’ll not be rushing an appointment.

‘There’s two people at the club who are very competent and we’re not in any rush to appoint a new manager. In Paul, we have someone who is Barnsley through and through. His focus is to do what’s best for Barnsley as a club. He’s supported by Tommy, who is committed, and we’re very confident they will continue to succeed.’

Neil Redfearn has also been linked with the post following his own sacking by Rotherham so a return to Oakwell, where he served Barnsley so well as a player making almost 300 appearances, could be on?

I’m not so sure about this one though as he hasn’t seemed to do that much as a Head Coach really has he? Not that comment on links was made.

The caretakers, either one or both, getting the chance fulltime isn’t being ruled out either with him adding.

‘If Paul and Tommy can continue this run they give themselves every opportunity to knock on our doors and see if they can secure it permanently. The players showed on Sunday they won’t let Lee’s departure adversely affect them. We’ve stayed strong as a team and that’s the most exciting thing.’

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