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Barnsley deny takeover rumours

Barnsley have moved to quash speculation about a rumoured takeover at the club.

Barnsley FC say takeover rumours are unfounded

In a statement on their website, the club say "unsolicited approaches" to owner, Patrick Clyne, causing the speculation.

The club say no offers are being considered at the moment.

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Trio in line for Barnsley home debuts

Barnsley's new signings Liam Lawrence and Ryan McLaughlin could make their first appearances for the club while Brek Shea is poised for his home debut.

USA international, Brek Shea could make his home debut Credit: Press Association

Boss Danny Wilson will be without defender Bobby Hassell (calf), midfielder Kelvin Etuhu (hamstring) and striker Marcus Pedersen (thigh). Winger Jim O'Brien has a groin problem, but is expecting to be included in the squad.

Wilson is still chasing his first win since returning to the club last month, with the Tykes without a win in their last six league games.

Barnsley loan Liverpool defender

Barnsley have announced the signing of promising Liverpool Academy full back Ryan McLaughlin on a one month loan.

Danny Wilson's side are bottom of the Championship, five points adrift of safety.

McLaughlin has been with the Reds since 2011, featuring on their 2013 pre-season US tour and has represented Northern Ireland at youth level.

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Mandaric looks for "winning attitude"

Mandaric (pictured) is searching for a replacement for sacked Dave Jones Credit: Press Association

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric believes only someone with a "winning attitude" can help propel the Owls to safety this season.

After looking at a return of one win from 16 Sky Bet Championship matches, Mandaric claims he had "to do what is best for the club" by sacking Dave Jones on Sunday.

Coach Stuart Gray has been placed in caretaker charge for Tuesday's clash with table-topping Leicester at Hillsborough.

Although former England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has been linked with the vacancy, Mandaric claims there is no obvious candidate.

Owls sack Jones

Sacked Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones
Sacked Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones Credit: Press Association

Dave Jones has been sacked as manager of Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls fell to a third successive defeat as they went down 2-0 at Blackpool on Saturday and currently sit second from bottom in the Championship table, above Barnsley merely by goal difference.

Jones has led the South Yorkshire club to just one win from their 17 matches in all competitions this season and has now paid the price for that dismal record.

Barnsley sack manager Flitcroft

Sacked Barnsley manager David Flitcroft
Sacked Barnsley manager David Flitcroft Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Barnsley have sacked manager David Flitcroft after their 3-0 home defeat to Birmingham sent them sliding to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship.

The Reds have won only twice in 17 league games this season and defeat by Birmingham was one too many for the Oakwell board.

Ex-Bury and Rochdale midfielder Flitcroft, 39, was in charge of the club for less than a year after taking over from Keith Hill in December 2012.

Flitcroft, appointed permanent boss after two wins in three games as caretaker, guided the South Yorkshire club to safety on the final day of last season.

A statement on the club's official website, www.barnsleyfc.co.uk: "Barnsley Football Club can confirm first team manager David Flitcroft has been relieved of his position at the football club.

"Technical coach Martin Scott and strength and conditioning coach Guy Proctor have also parted company with the club.

"Assistant manager Micky Mellon has been placed in caretaker charge of first-team affairs, assisted by development coach Paul Heckingbottom in the meantime.

"There will be no further statements from the club until Wednesday.

"The club would like to place on record their appreciation and thanks for what David, Martin and Guy have achieved."

Barnsley head to Brighton in the Championship on Tuesday night.

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