THE chief executive of Barnsley FC is leaving to join OGC Nice on February 1.

Gauthier Ganaye has been at Oakwell since summer 2017. No one has been appointed to take over his role. Paul Conway, the co-chairman, will assume Gauthier’s duties, working within the Oakwell offices.

Paul Conway said: “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."

Gauthier Ganaye said: "“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 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."