Barnsley: Micky’s chance to take Reds job

Barnsley's on loan keeper Jack Butland will again play against Yeovil
Barnsley's on loan keeper Jack Butland will again play against Yeovil

Caretaker Micky Mellon could be handed the Barnsley manager’s job until the end of the season if his side beat Yeovil Town this weekend.

Mellon led Barnsley to victory over Ipswich in his first game in charge, before a narrow loss against leaders Burnley - one of his former clubs as a player - last weekend.

Mellon was assistant to David Flitcroft before he was sacked, with the Reds rock bottom of the Championship.

They host relegation rivals Yeovil still 24th in the Championship, but they can climb above Saturday’s opponents - and fellow drop candidates Sheffield Wednesday - with a victory, if the Owls lose away at Watford.

And, in the long term, a positive result could also persuade the Barnsley board to give Mellon until the end of the season, to try and keep Barnsley up.

Other alternatives being considered are understood to include Mike Phelan, the former Manchester United number two who worked under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

Rumours linking Michael Appleton with the job are also constant, especially since the revelation that Ben Mansford, the Oakwell chief executive, used to act as the former Portsmouth manager’s agent.