Barnsley Football Club have confirmed that Gauthier Ganaye will join OGC Nice tomorrow (February 1).
Ganaye has been at Oakwell since the summer of 2017 in the role of Chief Executive. Until a new appointment is made, Paul Conway will assume Gauthier’s duties, working within the Oakwell offices.
The club’s co-chairman, Conway has given the following statement to supporters on the club’s website:
“Gauthier has been an incredible servant to the club and the Barnsley community. He has worked tirelessly to strengthen our club both on and off the pitch. Gauthier will always be part of the Barnsley family and we look forward to seeing him at Oakwell.”
“To ensure a seamless transition and continue the club’s goal of automatic promotion this season, I will assume Gauthier’s responsibilities until we can make a further announcement.”
Gauthier Ganaye has spoken to barnsleyfc.co.uk, saying: “I will always be grateful to Patrick Cryne for giving me the opportunity to become Chief Executive of this great club. I have enjoyed every minute of my time here and I believe that we have built something together that everyone can be proud of.
“It was important for me to make sure this transfer window was completed before leaving, allowing Daniel and his staff to remain at the club with the best possible chance of promotion back to the Championship this season.
“From day one of me moving to Barnsley, everyone in the community welcomed me and my family and we leave after 20 months, feeling part of the community here. I have met many of you in and around the town or at games, my son has been raised here since he was born, and my wife has made friends for life amongst you. This isn’t us leaving, we’re just moving and we will remain on the journey with you.
“I must thank all the coaches and players I have worked with during my time here. The current ones fully deserve the praise they are receiving from you, they are working hard to ensure promotion. A final thank-you goes to the office staff, working behind-the-scenes on the day-to-day running of the football club. These people will often never be known to you, but they work tirelessly to ensure you can be as close to your football club as possible.
“Once a Red, Always a Red… À bientôt.”