Oakwell’s Don Rowing to retire

Don Rowing, retiring this month
Don Rowing, retiring this month
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Barnsley director and general manager Don Rowing is to retire at the end of the month.

As exclusively revealed in today’s Star, Rowing is leaving Oakwell after a shuffle in power at the Championship club which has seen former Manchester United director Maurice Watkins installed as the club’s new chairman and non-executive director.

The Reds issued a statement this evening to confirm that Rowing, aged 70, will officially step down at the of June after nine years of loyal service.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Barnsley and will miss working with the staff and my interaction with the fans,” said Rowing.

“I have particularly enjoyed working with Patrick, but as his involvement with the club has gradually diminished and with my recent 70th birthday, I think it’s time to blow the final whistle.

“I will continue to support the club as a season ticket holder and wish the club and its fans every success.”

Reds owner Patrick Cryne added: “Don has been the unsung hero at the club. In his position you draw fire for all the poor decisions made within the club, but get little credit for the good work done.

“His workload has always been phenomenal and yet he has discharged it completely. I regard him as a good friend and wish him a long and fruitful retirement.”