Sean O'Driscoll rules out vacant Barnsley manager job

Sean O'Driscoll

Former Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll has ruled out the possibility of him taking over the vacant position at Barnsley.

O'Driscoll met with Barnsley's directors over the weekend but has decided not to pursue the role.

The Tykes, who are bottom of the Championship, sacked Keith Hill on 29 December after losing 3-1 to Blackburn.

"I've respectfully declined the opportunity to become Barnsley's next manager," said O'Driscoll's statement.

Former Bournemouth and Doncaster boss O'Driscoll was sacked as Nottingham Forest manager after just five months in charge at the City Ground.

He left Forest in eighth place, having collected 36 points from 24 games and was tipped to make an immediate return to management at Barnsley.

"I'm very grateful to have had the opportunity to have spoken to Barnsley," added O'Driscoll.

"In my one meeting with the directors I was keen to ascertain exactly what the short and long term strategies and ambitions of the club are and how I may be able to help the club achieve those. At no point were terms discussed by either party.

"It's a well-run club whose achievements in successfully maintaining their Championship status for so many seasons should never be underestimated. The directors' commitment to and passion for Barnsley FC impressed me.

"The directors are understandably keen to make a quick appointment to continue the work of trying to retain the club's Championship status once again.

"But at this moment, and given the extremely disappointing and sudden nature of my departure from Nottingham Forest, I've respectfully declined the opportunity to become Barnsley's next manager.

"I wish the club, players and supporters all the best for the rest of the season."

David Flitcroft remains in temporary charge of the side.

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