Barnsley have appointed former Wigan boss Chris Hutchings as their new assistant manager.

The Reds sacked Danny Wilson's former number two Micky Mellon on Wednesday and have moved quickly to draft in Hutchings, 56, who has also had spells as manager of Bradford and Walsall.

"Chris has been a friend and confidant over many years since playing together," Wilson said.

"Chris has done very well with clubs at all levels that he has worked at.

"His experience will be invaluable as we go into the final 10 games of the season and I'm delighted that he's come to help us out."

Hutchings, who started his playing career at Chelsea, made over 500 league appearances as a defender with four clubs - Walsall, Rotherham, Brighton and Huddersfield.

As well as his jobs as manager, he also worked as assistant boss to Chris Kamara and Paul Jewell at Bradford and was number two at Wigan, Derby and Ipswich.