Barnsley: Reds play down takeover talk

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Barnsley have denied reports linking former Swindon Town chairman Jed McCrory with a takeover bid at Oakwell, insisting they are unaware of any such offer.

The Evesham-based businessman is reportedly part of a group who have tabled a £5 million bid to purchase the struggling Championship club, with speculation suggesting owner Patrick Cryne is ready to sell up.

But a Reds spokesperson stressed last night that they are in the dark over any bid, with Cryne, club staff and management fully committed to keeping the Reds in the division.

The club source added that they have not been contacted by McCrory.

He arrived at Swindon last February in a takeover which saw his Seebeck 87 consortium buy 99 per cent of the Robins.

The former Banbury United owner helped reduce the footballing budget at the Wiltshire club and oversaw significant reductions in the administrative costs to help put the club back on an even financial keel and save them from going out of business. He left the club at the start of December.

Just before Christmas, McCrory was linked with a takeover at Skrill Premier outfit Kidderminster, only for Aggborough chairman Mark Serrell to say he had no plans to sell.