Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom has been voted by you as the 10th best manager in the EFL.

Over the last month, we have been gathering votes from you to find the best manager and players in the EFL. And after counting the votes, we have discovered that you think Heckingbottom is the 10th best manager in the Football League.

When Heckingbottom first took charge of Barnsley last season he was initially seen as a stop-gap, someone to keep the club stable while they found a replacement for Lee Johnson who had left to become the manager of Bristol City. However he would end up taking them on a great run of form which culminated in them beating Millwall in the Sky Bet League One play-off final, just a few months after being in the relegation zone of that division.

Many thought that form would stop when they started playing again in the Sky Bet Championship, but it turns out momentum was a big thing for the Tykes. For the early parts of the season they were actually in the play-off places and while they did eventually drop out of the top six, they always remained in and around that area, meaning a place in the end of season lottery was never totally out of the question. This was a tremendous achievement for a team that were only expected to fight against relegation.

Now Heckingbottom may be thinking that despite his low budget, Barnsley may actually be able to break into the play-offs next season.


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