ST MIRREN chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick has dismissed speculation linking manager Jack Ross to Barnsley, insisting there has been no contact from the English Championship club.

The Tykes are managerless after Paul Heckingbottom left for Leeds last week and are on the lookout for his replacement.

It had been reported that the Buddies had allowed Ross to speak to the South Yorkshire outfit about the vacant position after being contacted over the weekend.

But the Saints chief said there has been zero contact from the Tykes, making it clear there is no truth in the reports.

Speaking to The Gazette, he added: “There’s been absolutely no contact with Barnsley to us.

“It’s all speculation. I would know as they’d have to come through myself. There’s nothing happening.

“The great thing is Jack and the players just get on with it, despite the speculation.

“We take it as a compliment every time a top club loses their manager that the first person mentioned is Jack.”

A spokesperson for Barnsley said the club did not comment on "media speculation."