Barnsley head coach Michael Duff has expressed admiration for Sheffield Wednesday counterpart Darren Moore earlier than Monday’s Sky Bet League One play-off closing.
The pair go head-to-head at Wembley on Monday when the 2 South Yorkshire rivals conflict within the third tier’s winner-takes-all season finale.
Barnsley edged previous Bolton 1-0 on mixture of their semi-final, whereas Wednesday overcame the largest first-leg deficit in play-off historical past earlier than beating Peterborough on penalties.
Moore silenced the Owls followers who had referred to as for him to be sacked after his aspect’s 4-0 first-leg defeat appeared to have left them lifeless and buried and Duff paid tribute to his rival supervisor.
Duff mentioned: “Darren deserves loads of credit because one thing he’s done the whole season, when weirdly there’s been a bit of noise about him when they got 96 points this season, is keep his counsel because he’s a good fella.
“First and foremost, he’s a good fella. He’s obviously a football man, he’s been around it a long, long time.
“I don’t know what he’s like as a manager in terms of day-to-day stuff, but you take people as you find them and we’ve beaten them twice and he’s been humble, he’s taken it.
“He says ‘fair play to you’ and shakes your hand. No excuses afterwards that some managers come out with. He said ‘better team won’ and I think that goes a long way just as a human being.”
Barnsley accomplished the league double over the Owls this season for the primary time since 2009, profitable 2-0 at Hillsborough in September and 4-2 at Oakwell in March.
But they completed 10 factors adrift of their native rivals within the desk, with the Owls’ 96-point tally greater than every other aspect to not end within the high two of any league in English soccer’s historical past.
That didn’t cease the vitriol that got here Moore’s means after his aspect’s 4-0 semi-final first-leg defeat at Peterborough.
Some followers referred to as for his head earlier than the return leg, whereas Wednesday have been pressured to difficulty a press release condemning a racist message directed at Moore on social media.
“It shows you the emotional state people can get into,” Duff mentioned. “Darren’s a good manager, full stop.
“Was he a terrible manager when they got beaten 4-0? No. And he’s become an even better manager now because of the belief he gave them.
“Things he said in interviews and in the dressing room, things he showed the players. Good management. He managed to get the best out of it.”
Barnsley completed fourth within the desk, one place beneath Wednesday, and their 86-point haul would have been sufficient for computerized promotion in three of the final 10 seasons.