David Flitcroft was given the role of Barnsley manager on a permanent basis today, replacing Keith Hill.

The announcement came from Oakwell less than a day after a comfortable victory over Leeds United, and a week after Barnsley’s FA Cup 3rd Round triumph against Burnley, both of which Flitcroft was in charge for.

Despite the former assistant manager not being the first choice for Barnsley, after the club was rejected by Sean O’Driscoll and Terry Butcher, he has rapidly gained popularity amongst Barnsley fans and players alike.

Goalkeeper Luke Steele said prior to the announcement: “I think all of the players are happy with that and they would love to see him given the job, he’s a really good coach, gets on with everybody and in the two games we’ve had under him we’ve done well.”

His task at Oakwell will be an uphill struggle, as the Tykes currently sit 2nd bottom of the Championship table, four points from safety, but it is a task that Flitcroft seems passionate about, and is determined to complete.