At 36 he is coming towards the end of his career and when he was told that there may not be a long term coaching role he decided to move on. His former Turf Moor colleague Chris Brass wanted to take him back to York and what a popular move that would have been for the Bootham Crescent fans. In his first spell at York he scored 76 goals in 148 league appearances.
But Barnes has decided to move back into non-league football and has joined Tamworth and made his debut for them in a 4-0 Conference defeat at Morecambe last Saturday.
After Burnley avoided the drop into the Conference in 1987 Brian Miller set about strengthening his squad and one of the signings was the manager of the side that did go down – Peter Daniel from Lincoln.
Daniel moved back to the Humberside area after being forced to retire from the game whilst at Burnley and has managed non-league sides such as North Ferriby United and Goole. Today though he has resigned as manager of Pontefract Colliery.
He has been the most successful manager for the Pontefract side and they finished fourth in the Northern Counties East League Division One, they reached the final of the Wilkinson Sword Trophy and had their best ever run in the FA Vase making the 2nd round.
But he left saying he could not longer get the best out of the players and said he there was too much back biting going on at the club.
Another who signed for the Clarets at the same time is Andy Farrell and last week he was appointed manager of Padiham in place of Vince Overson. But Andy had to pack it in after just four days when his wife Marion had an accident that will keep her in hospital for some time.
We would like to wish Marion a speedy and full return to health.