HECK: I’M HAPPY WITH BARNSLEY
BARNSLEY boss Paul Heckingbottom has distanced himself from speculation linking him with the vacant manager’s role at Sunderland.
The struggling Black Cats gave Simon Grayson the boot this week after a disastrous start to the season following relegation from the top flight.
Heckingbottom played for Sunderland in the early stages of his career and has impressed at the helm for Barnsley – guiding them to ninth last season.
But the 40-year-old insists his head has not been turned by his former club.
“It’s part and parcel of being in football. When things go well, players and coaches are linked with other clubs,” he said.
“It is flattering when that happens as it means we are doing well and are on the right track. I know a few people in the North East and they are the ones who have asked me about it, but that’s as far as it goes.
“I have had no contact with Sunderland and I am happy in Barnsley.
“I’ve had umpteen opportunities to move away, but I’ve always wanted to stay. Moving is not in my head and I want to carry on with the job I’m doing.”
JOB: Paul Heckingbottom