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    Dane sez

    The Reds' CEO spoke with numerous media outlets over the last week and we've collated the key topics following the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

    ON THE DEPARTURES OF COACHING STAFF

    Weve released Max Senft from his contract. Hes returned to Austria for family reasons and we understood this was important to him. Hes going back to a small club thats in Vienna, in what is the fourth division over there and so hes around his family.

    We were never going to stand in his way, and he has the full support of Gerhard also.

    Its a similar situation with Matt Rose. He has a young family in London, and he was trekking back and forth between here and there and during the Pandemic it became clear that again, for family reasons, he wanted to stay down there and so hes moved on as well.

    As a Club, we want to thank both men for their hard work and effort put into this season, they played a big part in what we achieved and we wish them both well in their future endeavours.

    Gerhard was sad to see them go, but understands thats football. He himself is back home with his family in Austria at the moment and were talking about adding to his staff ready for the new season. But he and Adam Murray have grown really close, along with Kevin Pilkington and were working together on bringing someone else in to work with Gerhard.

    ON THE BRENTFORD GAME

    I know its a cliche, but the feelings were indescribable. Ive been in sports my whole life, in and around it, playing the game and then being on this other side of it. And Ive never had an experience in sports like that before.

    It changes your chemistry, your perspective. Not just in terms of football, but on life and what can be achieved or accomplished.

    It was an amazing evening, one that Ill never forget.

    ON THE BELIEF WITHIN THE CLUB

    Its a fools narrative, but I had a Catholic upbringing. And that is that you never say never. So until the final whistle, if there is a glimmer of hope, you believe.

    So I truly did believe.

    But it wasnt just me. Everyone around me, from the guys in the front office, to the coaching staff, the whole squad of players. Every week, after every game, even after Leeds we were saying we still have a chance and I think that attitude served us well.

    Dont get me wrong, after some of those games the players and staff were disappointed. You could see it in the faces, in their demeanour. But no-one gave up hope.

    I think thats the beauty of this sport in this country. That until the very last second, until the dying moment, youre always alive.

    What happened at Griffin Park is the perfect example of that.

    ON RETAINING CHAMPIONSHIP STATUS

    Weve done everything that is asked of us in terms of being a Championship club. We are planning for another season as a Championship club.

    Whilst we are heavily impacted by the decision of the upcoming appeal for Wigan and their points deduction for going into administration, we believe we stayed up last week and we are preparing to compete in this division next season.

    But as I said in our recent Club Statement, we will fight by all means necessary for our supporters, for our staff and for our Club.

    ON THE FINANCIAL SITUATION

    Last time we were relegated from the Championship it cost the Club between 6,000,000 and 7,000,000. And so coupled with the financial hardship thrust upon us by the Pandemic, these have been really testing times.

    Were not out of the water yet. July was our trickiest month.

    We cant state it enough, just how massive the support has been from our fanbase. No-one saw this coming, and none of us know truly where its going. We all hope for the best but this Pandemic is unseen for all of us.

    So for our fans to back the Club in the manner they have, it just adds to your will to fight for them. Were at around 7,500 season ticket sales right now, which is amazing faith from our community.

    Staying up completely changes our perspective as a Club.

    As a group, as a supporter base, as staff inside the Club, it has a monumental effect on how we move forward. Not only in terms of logistical things such as finance and sponsorship, but the mentality of the Club.

    For months now weve shown great pride, perseverance and a fight to survive and its so evident around the place, that theres a real belief and excitement about us going forward.

    ON GERHARD STRUBER

    Gerhard is our leader. Hes on a multi-year contract. He wants to come back and work with this group. And we cant wait to have him back.

    Of course, for what hes achieved, hes going to garner a tonne of interest. But hes our Head Coach and we expect that to be the case going forward.

    This is a guy who came to the club in November, to a new country that wasnt his first language, a league that hed never worked in, with staff and players he didnt know.

    So for him to do what hes done, during the Pandemic as well, without his family - he has two young children - then he deserves enormous respect.

    Hes back home now, and off the high of Brentford and us staying up, he deserves that time with his loved ones and that period of reflection.

    But we have no doubt that hes coming back and we look forward to this relationship developing further.

    ON PLAYER RETENTION

    We want to keep our group together.

    Again, this group have shown that when theyre all together and fighting for the same cause, they can take on any team in this league.

    Theyve grown as a team over the last year, and they look like a good Championship side. So if we can keep this group together, we think that next year we could really compete, and not be fighting relegation again.

    Who knows what will happen over this next few weeks, but we want to keep this squad together. Were in dialogue with a few of our players about extensions, but most of them are already under longer-term contracts.

    In terms of Alex Mowatt, we triggered the option so hes here for another year, but everyone at the Club knows how much we value Alex and we want him here for the long haul. We just need to come to an agreement on both sides and hopefully he sees that this is still the best place for him to continue his career.

    ON RECRUITMENT

    The fact that were a Championship team means my phone has been busy since last week. Everyone wants to be our friend again. And there have been some interesting discussions, but at this point there isnt anything pending.

    But as a Championship club there are areas we will be looking at in terms of strengthening.

    We would like to add some depth and well certainly look to do that.

    ON SUPPORTERS RETURNING TO STADIA

    We are following government guidance, and until we have something outlined by them about fans returning to Oakwell, its something we cant really comment upon. But of course, we are preparing for every eventuality and we want fans back here as soon as that is possible.

    Its a real shame that we did the impressive escape without our supporters alongside us in the stadiums. And we cant wait for the day that everyone is back at Oakwell, and the Ponty End is rocking once again.

    As soon as we know more on that, well inform our fanbase immediately and get the protocols in place so that its a safe and healthy environment for them to visit again.

    ON BAMBO DIABY

    I cant provide too much detail but I will say that one of the marker dates was hit last week in terms of the final paperwork being put forward ahead of a decision being made, which is all I can say at the moment, but it does look like were finally getting to a point where we are getting close to some kind of conclusion.

    And as a Club we are still fully supportive of Bambo and looking forward to having him back with us as soon as possible.

    ON THE ACADEMY

    It was a difficult time these last three months and so weve had to take a look at everything. Weve had some restructuring in our Academy, but we are managing this period and the Academy at Barnsley FC will be here for the long haul.

    We believe the benefits of the Academy are untold. You only need look at the amount of guys who were involved in the first team at the back end of this season, whove been part of the Academy system.

    So weve manoeuvred ourselves to maintain what we have here, which many other clubs werent able to do in this period. And thats testament to our staff, to our tremendous workforce here at the Club.

    ON TAKING A BREAK

    I wont be going back to the States I dont think. Its chaos over there, very different to what we have over here.

    Myself and Melissa, my partner, we went back earlier in the year for family reasons. That was a tough time from a personal perspective.

    But its been a terrible time for lots of families, the whole situation with the virus has been really tough on everyone. I feel emotionally drained, and ideally wed get away somewhere for a break, but its going to be such a sharp turnaround that its unlikely at the moment.

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    Thanks for that ESR , some interesting stuff coming from Spud .

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    Set me off ruerrin ageean.

    The main bit that worries me is Dane saying "we look like a good Championship side".

    No were not Dane. We have been in the bottom three since Sept and were still there at the final whistle at Brentford until the Wigan deduction was applied. We need strengthening.

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    Well we can’t accuse him of not sharing.

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    He seams to care and share but what about those above him including the Mr Silent Cryne Jnr??

    As someone has said on here @SB Barnsley 'summat nots reyt'

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBRed48 View Post
    Set me off ruerrin ageean.

    The main bit that worries me is Dane saying "we look like a good Championship side".

    No were not Dane. We have been in the bottom three since Sept and were still there at the final whistle at Brentford until the Wigan deduction was applied. We need strengthening.
    There's pleny getting carried away with the potential bullet dodged .

    Living in the moment they call it , well as you say SB , the reality is we dropped in to the bottom 3 in September and niver got art on it on the field of play .

    We haven't looked like a Championship side all season because if you spend the entire season in the bottom 3 that by definition says you aren't a championship team .

    Tha can see what's coming darn the road here , the mek thi laugh .

    Everything is measured by data darn there , except the fecking league position , the league position is the biggest clue to a teams worth .

    Tha dunt need to be clever wi spreadsheets , analysing data , fecking league table is available to read 9 months of the football season .

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    I think weve looked decent in a lot of games. Since Struber came weve looked as good as anyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastStandRed View Post
    I think weve looked decent in a lot of games. Since Struber came weve looked as good as anyone
    I do take your point ESR I really do because in the second half of the season we punched the weight .

    What bothers me is actually keeping what we have right now at the club and improving the squad further this window .

    I thought exactly the same last summer too and look how that turned out .

    I'm struggling to think of one transfer window in recent times that's made us in to having a better squad of players when said window shuts .

    We've been in this position so many times over the last few seasons and every time we end up weaker as a result .

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastStandRed View Post
    I think we’ve looked decent in a lot of games. Since Struber came we’ve looked as good as anyone
    ....and yet we still needed six points from last two games to survive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBRed48 View Post
    ....and yet we still needed six points from last two games to survive.
    Aye and we were decent enough to gerrem

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