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No contract for Heckingbottom before play-offs are concluded

Barnsley's caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom says he doesn't expect his contract negotiations to be sorted out until the season is finally over.

Paul Heckingbottom says he doesn't expect his contract negotiations to be sorted out until the season is over Credit: ITV News

Heckingbottom has been in charge since Lee Johnson left to take over at Bristol city, and has guided Barnsley to the league one play offs and success in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

Barnsley take a 3-0 lead into the second leg of the play off semi-final at Walsall on Thursday night, and fans clearly want the Barnsley born Heckingbottom to stay on a permanent basis.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Thursday's game he said that while talks with the club are continuing, he's not expecting any resolution before the end of the season.

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Barnsley Qualify for Playoffs

Barnsley have qualified for the League One playoffs following a 4-1 win at champions Wigan. Despite conceding early on, two goals from Sam Winnall and one each from Conor Hourihane and Josh Brownhill was enough for the Tykes to secure sixth place. They'll now face Walsall over two legs (at home on Saturday 14th May and away on Thursday 19th May) for the chance to play at Wembley for the second time this season.

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Barnsley had to win after Scunthorpe racked up their sixth straight victory with a 2-0 success at Sheffield United. The Iron missing out on the playoffs merely on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Bradford City will play Millwall in their play-off semi final after the Bantams secured fifth spot with a 2-0 win over Chesterfield. The first leg will be at Valley Parade on Sunday 15th May, with the return leg at the Den the following Friday.

Elsewhere, Doncaster's relegation to League Two was confirmed following a goalless draw at Burton.

Warnock and Heckingbottom take home monthly manager awards

Rotherham United's Neil Warnock, and Barnsley's interim head coach, Paul Heckingbottom have won the Football League's manager of the month awards for their respective leagues.

Warnock has overseen an astounding turnaround in form at the Millers since taking over, steering them away from the relegation zone.

Meanwhile in League One, Heckingbottom has overseen his own great run since taking over temporary charge at Barnsley, culminating in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Oxford at Wembley.

Hundreds gather to celebrate Barnsley win

Hundreds have gathered at Barnsley's Town Hall tonight to celebrate as the side bring home the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

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