Barnsley: Next season we start over again - Heckingbottom


Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom insists next season will feel like starting again, writes Neil Goulding.

The Reds have one of the lowest budgets in the Championship, and it just goes to show how well the side have done to finish near the top half in their first season back in the second tier.

Heckingbottom’s philosophy has always been about getting the best out of his players, with the club unable to afford ready-made stars.

With six loanees, and a number of players out of contract, the club are looking at a huge turnover in playing staff come the end of the season.

And by bringing in new faces, Heckingbottom and the rest of his support staff will have to get them singing off the same hymn sheet as the rest of the squad.

He said: “We’ve got a really clear picture of how we want to play and how we’re going to get there.

“I back myself and I back our staff to get people there.

“When you have a big turnover of players you’ve got one group close and on that pathway, but with a big turnover you’re starting again.

“If that keeps happening how are you ever going to improve?

“What I’m saying is I think we can excel as a first-team staff and make a difference, which I think we are doing.

“We can’t possibly be as good as we potentially can be because we’re always starting again.”

Heckingbottom wants the club to be able to hang onto players who fit his style perfectly.

However, he understands it will take a long time for the Reds to be in a financial position to do so.

The head coach added: “From a football point of view, I’d love to put the shutters down on outgoings.

“The time for that was probably this season, but we missed the opportunity and had to sell players.

“That’s something we keep speaking about as a football club, we need to change that.”