After just writing my original article about the former Nottingham Forest Manager, Sean O’Driscoll has rejected the opportunity to take over Barnsley in a very humble press release on the Barnsley official website.

After news today regarding more player sales at Oakwell, it was almost inevitable in the end that he would reject the opportunity, after only leaving Nottingham Forest on boxing day.

Striker Craig Davies will join Bolton tomorrow for £300,000, defender Scott Wisemen looks set to join Blackpool this week, and the likes of Stephen Dawson and youngster John Stones also look set to leave Oakwell.

“I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to have spoken to Barnsley. In my one meeting with the directors I was keen to ascertain exactly what the short and long term strategies and ambitions of the club are and how I may be able to help the club achieve those. At no point were terms discussed by either party.  

“Barnsley is a well-run club whose achievements in successfully maintaining their Championship status for so many seasons should never be underestimated. The directors’ commitment to and passion for Barnsley FC impressed me. The directors are understandably keen to make a quick appointment to continue the work of trying to retain the club’s Championship status once again. But at this moment, and given the extremely disappointing and sudden nature of my departure from Nottingham Forest, I’ve respectfully declined the opportunity to become Barnsley’s next manager. I wish the club, players and supporters all the best for the rest of the season.”

 Barnsley will now extend their search for a new manager, with Gary Megson and Kevin Blackwell both being linked with the job