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Lee Johnson leaves Barnsley for Bristol City

Lee Johnson has left his role as Barnsley manager after being appointed as the new head coach of Bristol Rovers on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Johnson was in the stands at Bristol City today Credit: PA

The 34-year-old was given permission to speak to the Robins on Friday after the Championship strugglers triggered a release clause in his contract at Oakwell.

Paul Heckingbottom and Tommy Wright have take responsibility for first-team matters for the time being at the South Yorkshire outfit.

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson given permission to speak to Bristol City

Barnsley have given their head coach Lee Johnson permission to speak to Bristol City concerning their managerial vacancy.

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In a statement the club said it had given Johnson permission because it believes that 'the structures that we now have in place must be the key to our future success rather than dependence on a single individual'.

This morning we gave permission to Lee Johnson to speak to Bristol City concerning their managerial vacancy. We gave this permission because we believe that the structures that we now have in place must be the key to our future success rather than dependence on a single individual. If Lee decides to stay with Barnsley Football Club we will be delighted, but if he chooses to move on, we will continue unabated with the plan we have in place for the progression of our Club.

– Barnsley FC

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Barnsley edge past Fleetwood to book Wembley date

Barnsley beat Fleetwood Town in a penalty shootout to secure their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

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A 1-1 draw last night meant the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate.

Adam Hammill won the shootout 4-2 for the Tykes, to book a Wembley date against Oxford on 3 April.

It will be Barnsley's first appearance at Wembley since losing to Cardiff in an FA Cup semi-final in 2008.

Torrential rain calls off all-Yorkshire cup clash

Bradford City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash against Yorkshire rivals, Barnsley, was abandoned five minutes before kick off due to the heavy rain that swept across the country last night.

Match officials ruled that parts of the Valley Parade pitch were left unplayable after the downpour, with the ball neither rolling or bouncing when tested.

Referee, Trevor Kettle, made the decision shortly before 8pm, after the kick off had been delayed in the hope the weather would clear, and that the waterlogged pitch would have a chance to drain.

Barnsley announce Puma kit deal

Barnsley FC has announced that Puma and Genesis Sports will supply the club's technical and replica kits as well as training gear.

Barnsley announce Puma kit deal Credit: Barnsley FC

The deal begins from the start of next season.

We are thrilled and delighted to have entered into a partnership with such a leading brand as PUMA. This new Technical Kit deal once again demonstrates the significant progress that has been made commercially here at Barnsley Football Club.

– Barnsley FC Chief Executive Ben Mansford

We are happy to become the official kit and training wear provider for Barnsley Football Club. It is a good club with a strong heritage and we're looking forward to working with all aspects of the Club.

– Ruth How, Head of Marketing UKIB

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Barnsley to refund fans after Crawley defeat

Barnsley FC have announced the club will reimburse fans for their tickets after the team's defeat to Crawley.

Barnsley to refund fans after Crawley defeat Credit: Barnsley FC

The Tykes sacked manager Danny Wilson last week and then lost 5-1 away to Crawley.

A statement on the club's website said:

All at Barnsley FC share the fans distress at the team’s performance at Crawley yesterday. The sentiments expressed by Mark Burton after the game were entirely appropriate. As a consequence the Board has decided that it will refund the ticket price for each Barnsley FC fan attending the game at Crawley.

– Barnsley FC
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