Bassett Reveals Blackburn Snub

Last updated : 16 November 2007 By Rob Miles (barnsley Boy)

Ex Barnsley boss Dave Bassett revealed on last night's Soccer Night that he turned down the chance to manage Blackburn Rovers whilst in the Oakwell hot-seat.

Bassett led The Reds to the 2000 Nationwide Division One Play-Off Final at Wembley- the last one to be played at the old stadium, where we lost 4-2 to Ipswich Town.

Bassett, affectionately known as Harry Bassett though revealed Blackburn, who were also in Division One at the time and eventually finished 11th approached him during the season, but he turned them down to stay loyal to Barnsley. Something he says he ended up regretting as he was fired by then Barnsley Chairman John Dennis just seven months after that Wembley appearance with the club 14th in the league.

Barnsley would eventually finish 16th- Blackburn finished 2nd and were promoted to the Premiership.

Overall Bassett who is now assistant manager to Dennis Wise at Leeds United. won 38 of his 84 games in charge of Barnsley, losing just 18 and before Andy Ritchie in 2005-2006 was the last Barnsley manager to complete a full season in charge.

Meanwhile back to the present day and 20 year old midfielder Simon Heslop has extended his stay at Blue Square Premier side Halifax Town for another month. Heslop has made five appearances for the Shaymen scoring two goals. Halifax lie 16th.