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Wilson set for Barnsley return

Sky Sports sources understand Barnsley are to name Danny Wilson as their new manager today.

The Championship's bottom club sacked David Flitcroft last month and have called a news conference at Oakwell for 3pm where it is understood Wilson will be unveiled.

The 53-year-old started his managerial career at Barnsley almost 20 years ago and has gone on to manage Sheffield Wednesday and United, Bristol City, MK Dons, Hartlepool and Swindon.

He led the Tykes to promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history in 1997 during his first spell at Oakwell.

The Reds have been searching for a new boss since parting company with David Flitcroft at the end of November and have tasked Wilson with pulling the club away from the foot of the Sky Bet Championship.

Wilson's first game in charge will be Saturday's Yorkshire derby against Leeds at Elland Road.

Flitcroft's assistant Micky Mellon, the former Fleetwood boss, has had three matches in temporary charge, overseeing a 2-1 victory at play-off hopefuls Brighton, a 1-0 defeat at table-topping Burnley and a 1-1 home draw with fellow strugglers Yeovil.

Wilson won the League Cup twice as a player, first with Luton and then with Sheffield Wednesday and won 24 caps for Northern Ireland.

As a manager he has presided over 949 games, winning 386, losing 311, drawing 252, with a win percentage of 40.67.

He was sacked by Sheffield United in April after failing to return to the Blades to the second tier of English football.