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Last Updated: Monday, 23 October 2006, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
Barnsley reject Owls' Ritchie bid
Andy Ritchie
Ritchie guided Barnsley to play-off success last season
Barnsley have rejected Sheffield Wednesday's approach to speak to manager Andy Ritchie and are hoping he will sign a new deal with the Tykes.

The Owls are looking for a new boss after sacking Paul Sturrock last week.

But Barnsley chairman Gordon Shepherd told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I refused the request and rejected it in writing so there's absolutely no argument.

"When I told Andy we had an approach he looked surprised, then we discussed extending his contract here."

Ritchie, 45, led the Tykes to promotion from League One in last season's play-off final and are currently one place below Wednesday in 21st place in the Championship.



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