Barnsley: Reds new man relishing the challenge

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft and, right, new chief executive Ben Mansford
Barnsley manager David Flitcroft and, right, new chief executive Ben Mansford
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Barnsley’s new chief executive Ben Mansford says he is looking forward to working with manager David Flitcroft and is excited to be part of the new regime at Oakwell.

Mansford says he and Flitcroft have a lot of mutual respect together with a singular aspiration... “that is to move the club forward with a deep desire for the club to be successful,” he said.

“It’s a great challenge and I’ve come to a club that has a different way of working,” said Mansford who has worked as a sports lawyer and as an agent specialising in sports-related matters.

“David has shown in the past six months that he is one of the brightest and most dynamic young managers in the game. He gives his all and I look forward to working with him.”

The 33-year-old, who is from Hull, - who is the youngest Chief Executive in the game - has arrived with a reputation for understanding the management and finances of football along with a record of business achievement in sport.

“I can help David keep focused on the football and I can deal with other issues, negotiations with agents, dealing with players, and ensuring we get the best possible value from our budget.”

Mansford said he would also have the great experience of new chairman Maurice Watkins overseeing it all.

“This is someone, of course, who was 28 years (a director) at Old Trafford; he has gravitas and it will be excellent having someone like that.

“David Flitcroft said he achieved the impossible from January; well, he showed what is possible. Thanks to the manager, his staff and the players, there was a positivity at the club and,because of that, the club is going forward.”

Flitcroft takes his squad to La Cala in Spain on Sunday for a week in the sun and some tough pre-season work. They are likely to take a look at a couple of Spanish players, who have been recommended, while they are there.