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Iseka, Brittain and Williams could return for derby
AARON Leya Iseka and Callum Brittain could return to Barnsley’s squad on Saturday for the home game with Huddersfield Town.
Forward Iseka – who is the joint top-scorer this season – and full-back Brittain missed Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Peterborough through illness and injury respectively.
Head coach Poya Asbaghi said: “They are both training with us.
“The ambition is that they will be in the squad.
“We will wait and see if they can start.
“My...
Former captain Butterfield training with u23s and hopes to return in future
FORMER Barnsley captain Jacob Butterfield has been training with the under 23s at Oakwell as he looks for a new club – and would love to return to the Reds permanently either as a player or coach in the future.
The 31-year-old central midfielder came through the Barnsley academy and played 100 games before moving to Norwich City in 2012. He then played for eight clubs, mostly in the Championship, before spending last season at...
Cole no longer takes knee as it has ‘lost its message’
BARNSLEY forward Devante Cole says he no longer takes a knee before games as the gesture has ‘lost its message’ and that his colleagues at Oakwell respect his decision.
The 26-year-old has not joined his team-mates in kneeling before games as part of English football’s anti-racism campaign which began in the summer of last year.
Cole told the Chronicle: “It’s my personal preference. Taking a knee has lost its message, for me. It’s my choice. ...
Talking points from Posh draw
Analysis of Barnsley's 0-0 draw at Peterborough United which left them eight points from safety.
DULL GAME BETWEEN TWO STRUGGLING SIDES
What happens when the Championship’s lowest scorers meet the division’s worst defence?
Pretty much nothing.
It should not be surprising that a game between the third-bottom and second-bottom sides would be a low quality, nervous stalemate - especially in very windy conditions.
With Derby County only last due to points deductions, these...
Posh point 'something to build on' but boss admits attack must improve
Poya Asbaghi says a clean sheet and a point at Peterborough United are 'something to build on' but added: 'it's clear we need to improve our attack.'
The second-bottom Reds, who are now eight points from safety, drew 0-0 at third-bottom Peterborough, who had most of the ball and the better chances overall.
Asbaghi told the Chronicle: "It was a game between two teams who are struggling in teams of confidence and it...
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1 Fulham 20 43
2 AFC Bournemouth 20 42
3 Queens Park Rangers 20 35
4 West Bromwich Albion 20 34
5 Blackburn Rovers 20 33
6 Coventry City 20 33
7 Stoke City 20 31
8 Huddersfield Town 20 28
9 Swansea City 20 27
10 Millwall 20 27
11 Blackpool 20 27
12 Middlesbrough 20 26
13 Sheffield United 20 26
14 Birmingham City 20 26
15 Luton Town 20 25
16 Nottingham Forest 20 25
17 Preston North End 20 25
18 Bristol City 20 23
19 Hull City 20 21
20 Cardiff City 20 21
21 Reading 20 20
22 Peterborough United 20 16
23 Barnsley 20 12
24 Derby County 20 1
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Reds eight points adrift after floodlight failure in 0-0 draw
Barnsley drew 0-0 at fellow strugglers Peterborough United in a dull game interrupted by a floodlight failure which left them eight points adrift of safety.
The match stopped after 80 minutes due to a floodlight failure apparently caused by a local power outage due to strong winds. The game re-started 17 minutes later.
It was a game of few chances, but third-bottom Peterborough had most of the ball and the better opportunities...
Reds hope to close gap at fellow strugglers Posh
BARNSLEY will hope to gain their first away win of the season against the leakiest defence in English professional football tomorrow when they visit fellow strugglers Peterborough United.
Posh are third-bottom in the Championship, two points adrift in the relegation zone and four ahead of the second-bottom Reds.
Mads Andersen’s PCR test for Covid-19 came back negative but head coach Poya Asbaghi said they were waiting to see if he is well enough to play....
‘Bigger miracles’ than Reds staying up says new boss
POYA Asbaghi says ‘there have been bigger miracles in life than Barnsley getting out of this situation’ and that they cannot ‘get too stressed’ about being six points from safety.
The 36-year-old Swedish head coach was appointed last week and, after watching Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Fulham from the stands, he took over on Monday and oversaw the 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea City on Wednesday.
That left the Reds second-bottom in the Championship,...
New boss has given us kick up the backside, says defender Williams
POYA Asbaghi has given the Barnsley players a kick up the backside in his first week as head coach, says Jordan Williams.
The Swede was appointed head coach last week, following the sacking of Markus Schopp almost a month ago.
He has taken training all week and, despite a 2-0 home loss to Swansea City in his first game on Wednesday, Williams has been impressed.
The defender told the Chronicle: “The new manager has given...
How narrowly avoiding Germanwings disaster put football in perspective for Poya
New Reds boss talks about stopping playing as a teenager to become a coach, feeling ‘ashamed to be alive’ after avoiding Germanwings crash and his rise from being youth coach at a Swedish 5th tier club
POYA Asbaghi has made football his life but narrowly avoiding the Germanwings plane crash in 2015 put his impressive coaching career in perspective
The new Reds head coach,...
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Joey Barton set to stand trial
JOEY Barton is due to stand trial at Sheffield Crown Court for the alleged assault of Daniel Stendel at Oakwell.
Barton has pleaded not guilty to one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against then Reds boss Stendel in the tunnel following Barnsley’s 4-2 win over Fleetwood Town on April 13, 2019, which was 958 days ago.
The trial has been delayed several times, including in June when Stendel was giving evidence via video...
Five talking points from Swansea loss
Analysis from Barnsley's 2-0 home loss to Swansea City on Wednesday, in Poya Asbaghi's first match as head coach. The defeat left the Reds six points from safety.
ASBAGHI FIRST MANAGER TO NOT WIN 1ST HOME GAME SINCE MORAIS
Poya Asbaghi became the first permanent head coach in five not to win his opening home game since Jose Morais, who oversaw the last relegation to League One in 2018.
Having watched from the stands...
Poya 'disappointed' as Reds lose his dull debut
Poya Asbaghi admitted he would have fallen asleep watching his first game in charge of Barnsley if he was a neutral and was 'disappointed' with a 2-0 home loss to Swansea City.
The visitors netted twice late on after the Reds were solid and compact in the first hour but then made mistakes. The result left them six points from safety in second-bottom.
Asbaghi, who had only had two days of training with...
Asbaghi starts with defeat as Reds left six points from safety
Poya Asbaghi's time in charge of Barnsley began with a 2-0 loss at home to Swansea City on Wednesday which left them six points adrift of safety.
The visitors netted in the 74th and 80th minutes of a game of few clear-cut chances but one in which Swansea dominated possession and looked to have extra quality.
The Reds remain second-bottom in the Championship with 11 points from 19 games.
Asbaghi made three...
Reds ready to 'suffer' against Swans in first game under Poya
Poya Asbaghi says Barnsley must be willing to ‘suffer’ against visitors Swansea City in his first game as head coach on Wednesday.
Barnsley are second bottom, four points from safety, after their 4-1 loss at Fulham on Saturday which Asbaghi watched from stands before taking over on Monday.
The Reds will hope to get revenge over the Welsh club who beat them in May’s two-legged play-off semi-final, winning 1-0 at Oakwell then drawing...
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Asbaghi confident of keeping Reds up despite 'challenging situation'
New Barnsley head coach Poya Asbaghi admits he arrives in a 'challenging situation' but is confident he will achieve his main aim of keeping the Reds in the Championship this season.
The 36-year-old Iranian-born Swede was appointed last Wednesday, having worked his way up from the fifth tier of Swedish football to manage IFK Gothenburg then the Swedish under 21s.
He and assistant Ferran Sibila watched the Reds’ 4-1 loss at Championship leaders...
Reds ready for 'fresh start' under Asbaghi who must 'get in their heads'
Barnsley are 'ready for a fresh start' under Poya Asbaghi who his predecessor believes will have to first overcome a lack of confidence in the squad and 'get into their heads.'
Asbaghi starts as head coach tomorrow, having watched from the stands yesterday as the Reds lost 4-1 at Fulham which kept them second-bottom of the Championship and four points from safety.
Striker Carlton Morris said: "We're ready for a fresh start with...
Five talking points from Fulham loss
Analysis of Barnsley's 4-1 loss at Fulham
HEAD COACH SEES PROBLEMS CLOSE UP
Work on the training ground will be key for Poya Asbaghi and his first in-real-life glimpse of his new team resembled a training session.
The Swede was in the stands at Craven Cottage on Saturday to watch Barnsley, who he would officially take over as head coach 48 hours later, match their high-flying hosts for 25 minutes before being utterly dominated. ...
Fulham loss 'hard to take' but Reds look forward to 'fresh start' under Poya
Jo Laumann admits Barnsley's 4-1 thrashing at Championship leaders Fulham was 'hard to take' but they are looking forward to a 'fresh start' from Monday under incoming head coach Poya Asbaghi.
The new boss was in the stands at Craven Cottage as caretaker Laumann's side were well-beaten and stayed second-bottom, four points from safety.
Laumann said: "It's hard to take when you lose, especially 4-1.
"To be fair, we played against one of...
Reds thrashed at Fulham in front of new boss
Barnsley were beaten 4-1 at Championship leaders Fulham with new head coach Poya Asbaghi watching from the stands.
The Reds, under caretaker Jo Laumann, were 2-0 down at the break then conceded two more either side of a consolation goal by substitute Victor Adeboyejo.
After an even first quarter, the hosts totally dominated the match and could have won by several more goals before going to the top of the Championship with...
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Barnsley hope to cause ‘big surprise’ against in-form top-scoring hosts Fulham
BARNSLEY are hoping to cause a ‘big surprise’ today when they visit Fulham who have won their last six games and are the top-scorers in English football.
The second-bottom Reds are the only side not to win away in the Championship this season while no team has fewer than their five goals on the road.
Barnsley, who are four points from safety, have lost four successive away games for the first time since losing six...
Double Paralympic medalist Sagar retires from international basketball
IAN SAGAR has retired from international basketball after winning two Paralympic medals in a career which marks him out as one of Barnsley’s most successful sportspeople of recent decades.
The 39-year-old made the decision after returning from four months away from his Italy-based family, due to the Tokyo Paralympics in which he captained GB to a bronze medal – having won the same in Rio 2016.
Sagar told the Chronicle: “When I got back, I...
New boss told he must adapt fast to ‘league like no other’
POYA Asbaghi has been warned the Championship is ‘different to every other league’ as he prepares to start work as Barnsley’s head coach from Monday.
Iranian-born Swede Asbaghi was appointed on Wednesday, after agreeing a long-term contract.
Markus Schopp was sacked three weeks ago, following a run of seven successive defeats and a 13-game winless sequence.
The Reds are second-bottom and four points from safety after 17 games.
Caretaker Jo Laumann – who oversaw a...
Morris delighted to be back after ‘horrible’ three-month injury lay-off
CARLTON Morris is set to return to the Barnsley team tomorrow after a ‘horrible’ three month injury lay-off and is thrilled to be back with ‘a group of lads who are desperate to turn things around’.
The striker, who turns 26 next month, made a huge impression after signing from Norwich City in January with seven goals in 25 Championship appearances, with just eight starts, as he helped the Reds reach the play-off semi-finals.
He...
Styles: ‘Everyone needs to be on same page and I don’t think we were’
CALLUM Styles says Barnsley’s players and staff are ‘all on the same page now’ after that wasn’t the case earlier in the season, and hopes for further clarity under incoming head coach Poya Asbaghi.
The 21-year-old was a regular in the side that reached the play-offs last season but they now find themselves second-bottom with 11 points from 17 games, four from safety.
Markus Schopp took over in the summer but was sacked three weeks...
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COMMENT: What is on Poya Asbaghi’s ‘to do list’ at Oakwell?
A look at what Barnsley's new head coach must do once he arrives at Oakwell on Monday
GET BEST FROM TALENTED SQUAD
The majority of this Barnsley squad was within touching distance of the Premier League six months ago.
There is plenty of talent and character at Oakwell, far too much to be second-bottom of the Championship despite problems such as a lack of experience in central midfield and not enough regular scorers....
COMMENT: Reds stick to strategy with appointment of highly-rated Poya
Analysis of Barnsley's new head coach appointment, with information from experts in Swedish football
POYA Asbaghi is due to arrive at Oakwell on Monday after a lifelong journey from Iran, where he had to flee as a baby, and Sweden where he made his name as one of the most progressive young coaches during a rapid rise.
The 36-year-old was in charge of Sweden under 21s in a European Championship qualifier in Dublin against...
Ban to end Brittain’s 53-start sequence
CALLUM Brittain’s run of 53 successive league starts will end tomorrow as he is suspended for Barnsley’s game at Fulham.
The right wing-back collected his fifth booking of the season against Hull City in the last match, so will be sidelined for the first time in the league since the 3-0 loss at Cardiff City on November 3 last year.
Jordan Williams is likely to take his place at right wing-back.
Caretaker Jo Laumann told...
Lucy aims for top of game after shining under manager Redfearn
LUCY Watson is enjoying playing for Reds legend Neil Redfearn and would love to form an all-Barnsley frontline for England in the future with Bethany England.
Despite only turning 18 on Sunday, the striker from Royston is the leading scorer for Sheffield United women with five goals and the top assist-maker with two, as well as an England youth international. The Blades, managed by Barnsley FC hero Redfearn, are currently ninth in the WSL...
Wale to finish career with final fight at Metrodome in February
JOSH Wale will see out his professional career in style and at home with his final fight in Barnsley early next year.
The former British champion, 33, will top a bill he is promoting himself at the Metrodome on February 25.
It will be the Brampton man’s final fight after more than 15 years as a professional boxer.
Wale has begun his transformation into becoming a trainer, manager and promoter recently and feels the time...
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Who is Poya Asbaghi? A timeline of his career so far
A look at the career so far of Barnsley's new head coach
– Asbaghi was born in Iran but, after his family left that country due to political persecution when he was one, he grew up in Upsalla, Sweden. He did not play football at professional level and instead went into coaching, following time at college in the US.
– He began as a coach at boyhood club UNIK in the fifth tier then...
Barnsley WMCC would welcome investigation into Rafiq claims
Barnsley Woolley Miners CC would welcome an investigation into Azeem Rafiq's allegations of being forced to drink wine as a 15-year-old while their chairman has faced disciplinary action and will 'undergo education' for comments he made online.
Rafiq has claimed that, aged 15, red wine was forced down his throat in a car by a Barnsley player. The club was then called Barnsley CC but has since changed its name.
Rafiq's claims of racism at...
Rafiq 'ashamed' of antisemitic tweet
Azeem Rafiq is 'ashamed' of an antisemitic message he sent as a teenager.
The Barnsley man gave testimony to MPs in Westminster this week about the racist abuse he received at Yorkshire, who have been suspended from hosting England matches while several key figures have resigned or been suspended.
But messages have now emerged of a conversation with fellow cricketer Ateeq Javid in which Rafiq used antisemitic language.
Rafiq posted on Twitter: "I was sent...
Asbaghi named new Reds coach
Poya Asbaghi has been appointed head coach of Barnsley FC and is due to start work at Oakwell next week.
The 36-year-old, who was born in Iran but spent most of his life in Sweden, has been coaching Sweden under 21s after a stint with IFK Gothenburg.
Asbaghi – who was interviewed for the role in 2019 – will bring with him Spanish assistant Ferran Sibila.
The pair are due to take training for the...
Asbaghi on verge of joining Reds
Poya Asbaghi is now highly to be named Barnsley head coach in the coming days, the Chronicle understands.
The 36-year-old Swede had an interview in 2019 but the Reds appointed Gerhard Struber.
He was then manager of IFK Gothenburg who he won the Swedish Cup with but they sacked him the following September.
He became coach of Sweden under 21s a year ago and had them unbeaten at the top of their European Championship qualifying...
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Moxon 'ripped shreds off' Rafiq after death of son while others 'inhuman' at Yorkshire
AZEEM Rafiq has claimed, in emotional evidence to MPs at Westminster today, that Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon ‘ripped shreds off me’ the day he returned following the stillbirth of his son in 2018 while staff at the club engaged in ‘inhuman’
behaviour.
Rafiq gave evidence to a Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee in Westminster on Tuesday, as well as former Yorkshire chairman Roger Hutton and various top figures in the ECB. The...
Reds want appointment this week, with Asbaghi strongly linked
Barnsley are hoping their search for a new manager will reach a conclusion this week, with Swede Poya Asbaghi again strongly linked to the role.
Swedish news outlets have reported that Asbaghi, the Sweden under 21s manager, is set to land the job. The Chronicle understands it is not as well-advanced as that but he is thought to be a person of interest.
The Reds – who are second-bottom and four points from safety after...
Two home wins as boxing returns to Barnsley
Two Barnsley boxing prospects got victories as boxing returned to Barnsley for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic.JA Metcalfe, 20, and 21-year-old Billy Allen were victorious on the bill at the Metrodome last Friday night.Middleweight Metcalfe won 40-37 against Slovakian Pavol Garaj. Referee Michael Alexander scored the last round even with the away man landing his fair share back on the youngster.It’s now three wins from three for the Cudworth man, who...
Gomes admits adapting from u23s to Championship will take time
CLAUDIO Gomes admits it has taken him time to adapt to the Championship in his first season of senior football but is pleased with his performances overall.
The 21-year-old French midfielder has been in the youth systems of Paris St German, PSV Eindhoven and current club Manchester City but had never played senior football before joining the Reds on loan on deadline day in September. Gomes was in and out of the side in the...
Barnsley head coach search likely to drag into 3rd week
BARNSLEY’S search for a new head coach could drag into a third week, after they had hoped to make an appointment by the end of this week.
The Reds sacked Markus Schopp almost two weeks ago after a 13-match winless run and seven straight losses left them second-bottom of the Championship with eight points – which is their lowest ever tally after 15 games.
Caretaker Joe Laumann oversaw the two home games against the other...
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COMMENT: Crucial weeks ahead for Barnsley
Doug O’Kane looks at the head coach situation and the six games before Christmas
AFTER the sacking of the hapless Markus Schopp, last Wednesday’s win over Derby County – which stopped them going bottom while ending a horror run of seven losses and 13 without a win – and the return from injuries of key players, Barnsley looked to be in a much better place.
But Saturday’s pathetic loss to fellow strugglers Hull suggested...
COMMENT: Rafiq should be remembered for spotlighting racism as much as cricket prowess
THE RACISM scandal that has engulfed Yorkshire County Cricket Club in the last weeks and topped national news bulletins for days involves several key figures with Barnsley connections.
The town is where Azeem Rafiq and his family arrived when he was a young boy, after leaving Pakistan two decades ago.
He attended Holgate School and made his name in the youth system of Barnsley CC before being picked up by Yorkshire.
Azeem still lives in...
Cauley ‘obviously not happy’ with his contribution so far
BARNSLEY captain Cauley Woodrow is ‘obviously not happy’ with his personal contribution so far this season but has backed the squad to climb up the table.
The striker is the Reds’ joint top-scorer with three this season but has not netted in his last seven matches.
He told the Chronicle: “It’s tough.
“Not just for myself but every player. It’s hard when you’re in a team that’s struggling, compared to when you’re flying and getting...
Professional boxing returns to Barnsley
THE FIRST professional boxing show in Barnsley since before the coronavirus crisis is due to take place at the Metrodome tonight.
Hometown boxers JA Metcalfe and Billy Allen will feature on the show promoted by Stefy Bull and Barnsley’s British champion fighter Josh Wale.
Wale said: “It’s massive to be back.
“We have some Barnsley lads on and others from nearby.
“It’s nice to get professional boxing back at Metrodome.
“For me, I boxed there...
Yorkshire CEO stands down amid Rafiq scandal
Yorkshire CCC chief executive Mark Arthur has resigned amid the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.
Arthur and Barnsley man Martyn Moxon, the director of cricket who has been signed off with a stress-related condition, had faced calls to resign after the club admitted Rafiq, also from Barnsley, was racially abused.
Rafiq and senior figures from the club are due to give evidence to the Department of Culture Media and Sport select committee on Tuesday.
Arthur's exit...