What Oxford United boss has say on Barnsley decision to sack head coach with one game left

DES Buckingham feels for Neill Collins, who was unexpectedly fired as Barnsley’s head coach earlier this week.

The Tykes, sixth in Sky Bet League One, have not won in five games and were defeated 3-2 away to fellow play-off candidates Blackpool over the weekend.

Barnsley host Northampton Town on the final day of the season tomorrow.

According to reports, Austrian manager Dominik Thalhammer, 53, is in position to take over at the Tykes, having previously managed Belgian club KV Oostende. He previously served as manager of the Austrian women’s national team.

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At the time of publication, Tykes deputy head coach Martin Devaney had already stepped up in the interim.

Buckingham, Oxford United’s head coach, said: “It’s never great to see any manager lose his job, but there have been I believe 35 management changes in the English Football League since I was appointed in November, demonstrating the career path that we are on.

“You do it because you enjoy it, but insecurities are an unfortunate byproduct.

“They’ve taken their decision, and I feel for the coach, but it’s not something we need to consider. We must ensure that we fulfill our responsibilities.”

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