The Gaffer returns to his old stomping ground Oakwell on Sunday, however he knows his emotions can’t get in the way of setting-up his side to beat Barnsley.
David Flitcroft returns to the venue of his first job in management when the Shakers travel to Oakwell to take on Barnsley on Sunday 7thFeb, 3pm kick-off.
David Flitcroft feels that his time at Barnsley set him up to be successful at Bury, by giving him his first taste of football management after spending 7 years as an Assistant Manager.
He feels that his failure at the Tykes led him to be employed his current employers Bury, who he feels are his perfect match and he loves the club and his current job.
However, he doesn’t want to dwell on the past and will ensure that his players are ready to put Barnsley to the sword on Sunday and come back with the three points.
Speaking ahead of the Shakers’ trip to Barnsley, David Flitcroft said: “It’s a game that is winnable, there’s three points on it, of course there’s emotion due to the history I’ve got with them and the connections you make with people.
“For me when you come up against teams like Rochdale where you’ve got that history and Barnsley, it’s really important that the game plan we focus on - and we have done this week - becomes cemented and then becomes executed.
“The delivery of that game plan is key, I have to be in total control, the players have to be in total control and the staff have to be too, to see that game plan through.
“It’s finding a way to clear what’s going on in your head against what’s going on the pitch, that’s something you learn to deal with and you know how to deal with.
“The history I’ve got there is pretty unique in my life, because it was the opportunity Patrick Cryne gave me to the lead the club and that’s something after being a number 2 for 7 years I didn’t know I could do or wanted to do.
“I gave it my all and I think the Chairman knew that, it wasn’t to be, but being sacked led me to working at this fantastic football club. I love managing this football club, and out of one situation you find yourself in an opportunity that I love doing.”
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