Date: 14th June 2016 at 7:31am
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It’s being reported today that – as expected – Paul Heckingbottom has formally accepted the offer of the permanent manager position at Barnsley.

With Heckingbottom taking the caretaker head coach title since the departure of Lee Johnson to Bristol City, and more than earning his spurs in the position – leading us to Wembley and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win and Wembley again and Play Off success – it really did feel like it was only a matter of time before the job was his properly.

The Star had an exclusive earlier today where they reported Heckingbottom confirming that he has formally accepted the job – but the deal wasn’t yet signed and rubber stamped but that would be done shortly.

‘I have been offered the job. To be honest I was offered the job a while ago but it wasn`t the right time to sign a contract. But now the season has finished I`ve chatted to club owner Patrick Cryne and chief executive Ben Mansford, and we`ve spoken about taking the job on a permanent basis. It won`t be long before we sort the contract.’

With reports of the offer for Colchester United midfielder George Moncur coming through in the media, again it was another indication it really would only be a matter of time before Heckingbottom’s future was sown up as plans are clearly motoring ahead for the Championship campaign to come.

Remaining grounded throughout though about the job and him wanting the focus on the games in front of us, clearly that hasn’t changed in recent times either.

‘Nothing much changed for me, I was just doing my job as normal. You`re just in your own bubble and you just want things to keep on going in the right direction. There were players` futures up in the air and I asked them to be selfless in or quest to be successful, so I really felt I should do the same. I was demanding a lot from the players so I didn`t feel it was right me sorting my future out, so I just focused on doing my job. But now the three of us, me, Ben and Patrick, have chatted and we`ve agreed a new contract.’

Adding.

‘For me not a lot has changed since the end of the season. I`ve just been carrying on doing my job and chatting to the board about player recruitment. I`m just excited for the new season now. I want us to enjoy every minute of it like we did last season. It`s an entirely new challenge for us and one which everyone has got to try and enjoy and embrace it.’

The Star also reported this morning that the offer for Walsall’s Tom Bradshaw had been knocked back as well.

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