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Barnsley: Ganaye accepts some responsibility for Reds’ relegation

Barnsley Chief Exec Gauthier Ganaye. Picture Scott Merrylees
Barnsley Chief Exec Gauthier Ganaye. Picture Scott Merrylees
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Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye has held his hands up following Barnsley’s relegation.

The CEO joined the club during the summer and essentially oversaw a new squad come through the door at Oakwell.

He learned from previous mistakes that Reds’ regimes have fallen victim to and tied down the majority of the promising signings to contracts of over three years.

Too many times in the past players have joined on two-year deals, and ran down their contracts or left the January before for minimal fees.

However, only a few of the summer new boys managed to shine in the Championship.

Ganaye was also the man who appointed Jose Morais to keep the club in the Championship - a move that ultimately failed.

He said: “When you’re the head of the organisation you’ve got to take responsibility and I take my part of the responsibility.

“My responsibility now is to make sure as a club we roll up our sleeves, work hard and come back stronger next season.

“We haven’t been good enough, it’s as simple as that. I’m like everyone, I’m very disappointed.

Sometimes in life you’ve got to accept complications along the way.

“We’ve got to go back, work hard and know we’re going to make it [back to the Championship].”

The Frenchman now has the task of bringing the right manager in this time around.

On the plus side he will have plenty of time to get the right man for the job, after being rushed into hiring Morais due to the circumstances of a survival battle.

The Reds have been known to promote from within in the past.

Paul Heckingbottom memorably steered a sinking ship away from League One relegation to the Championship via the play-offs, as well as winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy along the way in the 2015/16 campaign, after being promoted from the academy set-up following Lee Johnson’s departure.

Former boss David Flitcroft was the second in command under Keith Hill and took the job after Hill’s sacking.

Paul Harsley got the players singing off the same hymn sheet as caretaker for his solitary game in charge against Sheffield Wednesday.

However, with new owners looking for an immediate return to the Championship they may want more experience at the helm.

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