Mostto Finally To Arrive

Last updated : 19 July 2007 By Rob Miles (barnsley Boy)

Peruvian International striker Miguel Mossto is finally set to complete his move to Barnsley after all red tape was cleared.

Mostto originally signed from Cienciano for a reported £400,000 in June but despite obtaining a work permit it took longer than expected for his registration to arrive from Peru.

He is not set to make his bow on the Reds pre-season tour of Portugal where they play Louletano FC at the weekend

Reds boss Simon Davey will also be running the rule of 19 year old striker Alieu Jailow who arrives on trial from Championship rivals Leicester City.

Despite yet to make a first team appearance at the Walkers Stadium he is highly thought of and Foxes manager Martin Allen has offered him a new contract.

Barnsley chairman Gordon Shepherd has revealed the club is set to make its first annual profit since exiting administration.

Promotion and subsequent survival in the Championship have gone a long way to helping the club get back on an even keel after the dark days of the John Dennis' last few years and the following Peter Doyle and Peter Ridsdale eras.

Shepherd told the Yorkshire Post:

"We are an ambitious club and, in the days under different stewardship, we were losing money heavily - so we had to stop that and change the club around financially.

"You can't achieve your playing objectives without achieving your financial objectives," he stressed. "I would not call the financial picture at the club 'healthy' in terms of how you would run, for example, a manufacturing industry but it is much healthier now.

"When we took over, two-and-a-half-years ago, the first results I had to report for the previous year was a £3.65m loss," he said.

"The following year, it was cut to a £1.25m loss and last year, to May, we had cut it to a £186,000 loss. That's a steady improvement - but the accountants are in at the moment and to May this year I suspect we will show a profit."

Shepherd also believes Simon Davey is the right man to lead the club back to the top. After firing Paul Hart and Andy Ritchie in his 2 years at the helm he believes it will be 3rd time lucky but sent out a warning he expects better than survival this time.

"Last year, we came into the Championship with high hopes. We had a squad that had taken us up and people felt they needed a chance to show what they could do,"

"This season, we are pushing a bit harder and we have decided that we must bring in other players to strengthen the squad.

"The task last season was keep us in the Championship. We stayed in the division. This season, it needs to be a more comfortable position where we are not looking over our shoulders the whole time. We want to get out there and enjoy the game. We want to consolidate and finish mid-table - if not slightly higher."

And finally both Barnsley and Birmingham have been fined by the FA after the on pitch brawl that marred the end of the Reds fine 1-0 victory over the eventually promoted Blues at Oakwell on 9th April.

Both Bobby Hassell and Neil Danns were dismissed at the time and despite it seeming like Birmingham started the ruckus they have been fined just £6,000 compared to Barnsley's £7,500.

Another case of the top brass looking after the big clubs....