BARNSLEY have suffered yet another blow in their bid to appoint a new manager after Leyton Orient rejected their approach for boss Russell Slade.
Orient’s rejection comes just days after apparent preferred choice Keith Hill elected to stay with League One Rochdale rather than move to Oakwell.
Slade – who reportedly applied for the vacant position with the Reds – moved to the top of the list after Hill withdrew from the race.
But Orient chairman Barry Hearn rebuffed an approach from Barnsley last night.
He said: “Barnsley asked us for permission to speak to Russ but we have declined them.
“Russ is vitally important to this football club and after the season we have just had we sat down last week and shook hands on a new contract for him.
“We have a job to do here next season and we want Russ at the helm so our response to Barnsley was that they need to look elsewhere for their next manager.”
Orient missed out on the League One play offs by one point.