Boss inspired by final-day drama

Date published: Friday 1st May 2015 10:16

Two years ago Flitcroft managed to keep the Tykes in the Championship thanks to a four-game unbeaten run to close out the campaign which included a 2-2 draw with Huddersfield on the final day that ensured both teams stayed up.

Either side could have go down but a share of the spoils was enough to keep the Yorkshire rivals in the second tier, with Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele famously keeping the ball for the closing stages as the two clubs settled on a draw.

Flitcroft, who had only landed the job earlier that season, still remembers the jubilant scenes from both sets of fans on that day and he is looking to mastermind some more last-day happiness at Bury, who will be promoted from League Two if they beat Tranmere and Southend fail to defeat Morecambe.

Recalling Barnsley’s memorable clash with Terriers in 2013, Flitcroft said: “That day I realised that I wanted to be a manager.

“I had a lot to learn, I had a lot to add on to a skill-set and hopefully I’ve been able to do that when I’ve been here at Bury Football Club.

“Sometimes there’s a moment in your life that can be the making of you. Afterwards – ‘Did I want to be a football manager?’ was the question I asked myself.

“Did I want to carry on doing this job that is so exhilarating but can sometimes by galling as well? And I did – out of that and the reflection of that moment.

“But it was the six months. Seeing my best pal (Keith Hill) get sacked, then taking over (as a caretaker), seeing two different managers come in and getting the job and not taking it, and then getting the job by default really, more than anything.

“The whole six-month period that I asked myself afterwards in the summer, ‘Do I really want to do this?’ Because I’d seen so many pitfalls while I was there. The answer was ‘yes’.

“Out of that Barnsley experience I’ve certainly understood about football and how to cope with that pressure.”

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