Barnsley have fought off interest from a number of Championship clubs to sign highly-rated winger Dale Jennings from European Champions Bayern Munich.
The 20 year old winger burst onto the scene 2 years ago scoring a number of specular goals for Tranmere Rovers. That led to interest from some of the country's top clubs, but Jennings opted to join Bayern.
However, a serious injury stunted his progress in Germany and he's signed a 3 year deal at Oakwell to resurrect his fledgling career under Barnsley manager David Flitcroft.
Barnsley Club Chief Executive, Don Rowing, is to retire at the end of the month. He's been at the club for nine years, initially as General Manager, and lately as a Director and Chief Executive.
“Don has been the unsung hero at the club. In his position you draw fire for all the poor decisions made within the club, but get little credit for the good work done.
– Patrick Cryne, Barnsley FC owner
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Barnsley and will miss working with the staff and my interaction with the fans. I have particularly enjoyed working with Patrick, but as his involvement with the club has gradually diminished and with my recent 70th birthday, I think it’s time to blow the final whistle. I will continue to support the club as a season ticket holder and wish the club and its fans every success.”
Former Manchester United director Maurice Watkins will take up a new role as chairman of Championship side Barnsley next week.
Watkins, who holds several key positions including chairman of British Swimming and is a non-executive director of the Rugby Football League, will return to a football boardroom almost a year since he left his role at Old Trafford.
Watkins was a director at United for 28 years from 1984 to 2012 and was also a director of Manchester United PLC between 1991 and 2004.
"It's great to be back in football at club level and my message is loud and clear - Barnsley means business," Watkins said of his new appointment.
"The Championship is a hard league with many great clubs and when you think a club was relegated last season with 54 points, that sums up the quality.
"Our task now is to make progress in the league, strengthen our position and get even more fans behind the club. I can bring a wealth of football knowledge and experience having been involved with the game at the highest level with Manchester United for over 28 years."
Barnsley owner Patrick Cryne said the club had appointed Watkins due to his breadth of experience across different sports and to provide fresh leadership at board level after operating without a chairman for some time.
David Flitcroft speaks before game against Charlton
Barnsley's battle for Championship survival continues at Oakwell tomorrow with a home game against Charlton. Despite recent good form, the Reds are still only one point above the drop zone, and manager David Flitcroft says they're by no means safe.
Barnsley have beaten League One side MK Dons 3-1 to reach the FA Cup quarter finals. Chris Dagnall scored two of the goals, with Marlon Harewood also on target.
Tomorrow Leeds United and Huddersfield Town will attempt to join them in the last eight. United are away at Premier League Champions Manchester City, while Town take on another top flight side, Wigan Athletic, in a 1555 kick-off at the John Smith's Stadium, broadcast live by ITV.
New Barnsley manager David Flitcroft gives his reaction to Saturday's 2-0 derby win over Leeds United at Oakwell. This interview took place prior to him being given the Barnsley job on a permanent basis on Sunday.
Barnsley are hoping to appoint a new manager in time for next week's game against Leeds United. The Reds - who are bottom of the Championship after winning just one of their last 14 games - sacked Keith Hill last weekend.
They've drawn up a shortlist, and say the interviewing process has already started.
Former Nottingham Forest and Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll was an early favourite, but it's thought he could be lined up to take over at Wolves instead.
Meanwhile Hill's assistant David Flitcroft will be in temporary charge for the FA Cup 3rd round clash against Burnley. He hasn't applied for the job, but - speaking at the club's weekly News Conference - he said he'd like to be considered for the job.
Barnsley have sacked manager Keith Hill after their home defeat to Blackburn sent the club to the bottom of the nPower Championship table.
The 43 year old has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks and earned a stay of execution following his side's Boxing Day win at Millwall, but the Tykes slumped to a seventh home league defeat of the season today after losing 3-1 to manager-less Blackburn.
Barnsley are now searching for their fourth manager in three and a half years following the departure of the former Blackburn defender who replaced previous boss Mark Robins in June 2011. Hill's assistant David Flitcroft has also lost his job.
Two parties contact Barnsley in 'potential takeover'
Barnsley have confirmed they've been contacted by two parties interested in taking over the Championship club.
Back in September it was reported that a Spanish-led consortium had expressed their interest, but it's believed that's now cooled. Today general manager Don Rowing said he was aware of renewed interest from other parties.