BARNSLEY director Don Rowing is confident the Reds can blossom under new manager Keith Hill next season.
But Rowing has told The Star the club’s loyal supporters to be patient as Hill and his assistant boss, David Flitcroft, look to transform the club’s fortunes.
The Reds finished 17th in the Championship last season, their highest finish for five years.
But poor away form ultimately cost the club a chance to break into the top half of the table, having earlier in the season briefly challenged for a play-off place.
“We’re realistic and we’d like to think we can improve year on year, but there are no other targets that we must do this and we must do that,” Rowing told The Star.
“The only real target is that we desperately do need to retain our status in the Championship and move forward.
“Football as an industry has to be a bit more patient for success - and we’re no exception.
“We will give Keith and David every support that we can give them in trying to be successful.
“We’ve got a good set of fans. They are very vociferous when things are going well and, equally, very vociferous when things are not going well.
“But it’s their team and they have every right to an opinion. We encourage that. I hope they will see what we are trying to achieve.”
Rowing has stressed the club will do everything to help Hill and Flitcroft strengthen the squad.
The Reds have announced a pre-season fixture away at Hibernian on July 16.