We are behind Dave, say Reds board after Hornets stinging

Barnsley v Watford'SkyBet Championship'David Flitcroft makes his point
Barnsley v Watford'SkyBet Championship'David Flitcroft makes his point

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft has been given the backing of the Oakwell board - for the time being, at least.

Flitcroft met with the Barnsley hierarchy earlier this week in a pre-planned board meeting.

Oakwell chief executive Ben Mansford, chairman Maurice Watkins, director Barry Taylor and club owner Patrick Cryne were all present at the meeting, along with under-fire Flitcroft, whose side have shipped an alarming 27 goals in their ten games in all competitions so far this season.

Six defeats in their opening eight Championship games have seen question marks raised over the future of Flitcroft, who saved Barnsley from relegation last season.

The pressure intensified on Saturday after a 5-1 loss to promotion-chasing Watford, and Mansford said: “I think right now David is frustrated that the players he has got are not performing at the level he became accustomed to last season.

“David is an honest man and I don’t think he could have defended them after Saturday.”

With Barnsley currently trying to recover from their worst start to a season for almost 30 years, Flitcroft believes that his squad needs “surgery”.

After summer moves for Chris O’Grady and Dale Jennings, the Reds boss has some manoeuvre in the emergency loan market - but big-money loan moves for the likes of Billy Sharp or Leroy Lita are unlikely to be sanctioned.

Flitcroft’s task doesn’t get any easier in the near future, either.

Over the next fortnight, the Reds are set to face three teams currently in the top seven of the Championship - including league leaders Queens Park Rangers, who are still unbeaten, third-placed Leicester City and Reading, who are seventh.

“We’re all slightly concerned about the situation,” Mansford said.

“We have had a good chat and David knows where we are. We all support him.”