Barnsley have today made a major statement in the boardroom by appointing Frenchman Gauthier Ganaye as their new long-awaited chief executive.
The Reds have been without a transfer fixer since the axing of Linton Brown in January. There had been rumours Brown’s predecessor Ben Mansford could be returning after he was axed by Leeds United but Barnsley have gone for continental flair by appointing Ganaye from Ligue 2 side Racing Club de Lens where he had been director of marketing and international development.
Ganaye will join officially on the 12th June and will be responsible for pushing ahead with head coach Paul Heckingbottom’s summer overhaul in which the number of in-comings is likely to reach double figures- so far they have signed midfielder Stevie Mallan from St Mirren.
Inevitably recruiting a CEO from France has led to speculation that some French flair could be arriving at Oakwell this summer with one Spanish based journalist today reporting Bordeaux forward Enzo Crivelli could be one of the first through the door. The 22 year old spent this season on loan at Bastia and scored 10 goals in the French top flight but could prevent his temporary side from finishing bottom of Ligue 1.