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Simon Davey has finally left the managers job stated through mutual consent. Was he pushed? more than likely. But Patrick Cryne had to make a move, after three very poor home games, and just one point out of 15 available.
The question now is who can Barnsley FC attract as manager of the club? if we could get someone of the stature of Steve Coppell (who is available, following his dismissal at Reading) that I feel would be an excellent move for the club, as he his the type of proven manager with an intelligent footballing brain, but am I just hoping that he would entertain Barnsley? It certainly would be the kind of challenge Coppell would be after. Lets hope he is interested in the job!
With regard to Davey, after two and half years in the Oakwell hot seat, Simon Davey has brought about a foreign revolution at Oakwell, with some good signings from across the footballing globe, balanced out by some dire signings that have acted as nails in his managerial coffin. The extended lifeline of Odejayi being the main one which highlights the frustrations felt by fans with regard to player performance/choice on the pitch.
We as fans have to say it was time, but we should look back on Davey's term, he contributed to one of the most memorable seasons ever seen at Oakwell, with the momentous FA cup run to the semi finals at Wembley, in which we turned over two of the best teams in the world in consecutive rounds, seeing off Liverpool memorably at Anfield with a last minute winner, following up with an equally miraculous win over Chelsea at Oakwell in the following round.
Sadly, very poor league form over the last three years has proven ultimately unacceptable, and this season was looking no different to the end result of previous seasons, ie: relegation dog fight, narrowly avoiding the drop or worse still potentially this time, actual relegation.
The players have not gelled at Oakwell so far this season, but feel that we should be able to carve out some results based on players now available, so in the end the players that Davey has brought in, have let him down, and Rob Kozluck as admirably gone on record stating that his personal perfomances had not helped the boss.
Lets hope the next era at Oakwell is a more successful one, and the new boss can re-shape the core of what we have in place into a more cohesive force.
The club statement reads: "Barnsley would like to place on record its sincere thanks for all the hard work Simon has put in during his tenure as manager. We would like to wish him every success in the future."
Davey replaced Andy Ritchie in November 2006, and saved the club from relegation in his first term, since then Barnsley have been too close to relegation in each campaign since he took over.
Don Rowing told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We would like to thank Simon for his efforts, but unfortunately these decisions have to be made sometimes.
"We are in a results-based industry, and we have had a bad start to the season.
"This wasn't something that we'd expected after today's result. We need to take in what's happened today over the weekend, and then take it from there."
Davey brought in four new players during the summer, Andy Gray, Adam Hammill, David Preece and O'Neil Thompson, with Emil Hallfredsson arriving on loan.
The frustrations of Barnsley fans finally boiled over after the 3-1 home defeat to Reading, with demonstrations against Davey.
Despite Gray scoring his first goal for Barnsley, Reading gor a much too easy victory, piling the pressure on the Davey.
"We are as disappointed as them (the fans). We don't like losing. I am there with their frustration," Davey said in the aftermath of the game before his departure.
Bookies favourites for the job as Barnsley manager are:
2/1 - Aidy Boothroyd
4/1 - Mark Robins
6/1 - Paul Jewell
10/1 - Tony Adams
12/1 - Brian Kidd
12/1 - Steve Cotterill
12/1 - Danny Wilson
14/1 - Neil Redfern