Flitcroft needed more time with Tykes

Wednesday 17th April 2013 19:33

David Flitcroft: Could still save Barnsley from drop

David Flitcroft: Could still save Barnsley from drop

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Fanzone's Barnsley blogger Christopher Ellison believes that boss David Flitcroft should have been given more time in the Tykes' hot-seat.

So with three games left we still find ourselves in massive danger of the drop, and I believe this has culminated from bad timing on two counts.

First of all the sacking of Keith Hill played a big role in our fortunes, not by making us a worse team because it certainly did us the world of good, but under Flicker we have given ourselves every chance of staying in the league when otherwise it looked hopeless.

However in my opinion the reds board should have acted on a change of manager earlier than they did.

Following the league table as I do, I noticed us drop into the relegation zone after a 2-2 draw against Leicester City on 8th December, and for me Hill should have left the club with his head held high then, instead Mr Cryne and Co didn't take action until the final game of the calendar year when we went rock bottom following a 2-0 defeat at home to Blackburn.

Between that period the Reds had four games and recorded only three points, imagine what we could have done if we had have installed Flicker before Christmas, before we hit the bottom, before perhaps it was too late.

If we are condemned to life in League One in three weeks time then it is definitely not through the lack of Flitcroft and his team trying in vain to keep us in the Championship.

I am usually sceptical when it comes to seeing a new manager installed at my club, and I must admit nothing changed when Flicker was put in charge. However I firmly believe he has done a wonderful job given the circumstances and wouldn't bemoan him getting the gig on a permanent basis regardless of where we end up next season. It is the players' form which seems to have let us down at just the wrong time of the season.

Everybody knows we have surpassed expectations that were put on us at the turn of the year and we will fight to the end but I feel that our time may have run out. I said last week that the two upcoming home games against Charlton and Derby would determine our season and that four points from them should see us safe, then we not only lost but were embarrassed 6-0 by the Addicks. Despite that result, on Tuesday I was optimistic and hopeful but again, as has been the case for much of the season, a late goal was shipped and two more points dropped. One point from six at home at a time like this isn't good enough and I only hope we can turn it on and give it a really good go in the final three games because, judging by the fixtures, our run-in is one of the hardest.

Depending on what happens in the next two games away at Nottingham Forest and home against Hull City, the final showdown away at Huddersfield could, for both clubs be a case of do or die and it will most certainly be a hot tempered, emotional affair and regardless of its outcome, and I, along with thousands of Reds fans will be there to support the club next year.

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