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BARNS­LEY chief ex­ec­u­tive Ben Mans­ford says a re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship is the num­ber one goal as the club search for a suc­ces­sor to sacked manager Danny Wil­son.

Wil­son and his as­sis­tant manager Chris Hutch­ings had their con­tracts ter­mi­nated ear­lier this week in light of the 2-1 home de­feat to Fleet­wood last Tues­day. And while a num­ber of can­di­dates, in­clud­ing the likes of Brian Laws, Craig Hignett and Gary John­son, have been linked with the va­cancy, Mans­ford in­sists he won’t be rushed.

“We’ll re­as­sure the fans that we’ll get some­body who can re­alise their as­pi­ra­tions as well as our own, which is Cham­pi­onship foot­ball back at Oak­well at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity. It’s about the right ap­point­ment, but we’re not go­ing to put any time frames on it.

“It may take a week, but it may take longer. I think we’ve got a rough idea of the type of qual­i­ties the in­di­vid­ual needs.”

Mans­ford ad­mit­ted it wasn’t easy to sack a club leg­end such as Wil­son.

“It was a very tough de­ci­sion to make, but we should be do­ing bet­ter than we are.”

AXED: Danny Wil­son

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