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Club Statement | Chief Executive Officer

Dane Murphy joins The Reds!

17 July 2019

Barnsley Club Football Club can confirm the appointment of a new CEO.

We are delighted to announce that following an extensive recruitment process, Dane Murphy has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer at Barnsley Football Club. Mr Murphy will begin his role immediately, becoming the youngest ever American to hold the position within the United Kingdom, after being the youngest ever Technical Director in the MLS.

Murphy has a large and diverse amount of experience within football, as well as graduating from the University of Virginia. Having played professional football in the MLS in the United States, Murphy then furthered his career and experience by moving to German side VfL Osnabrück, developing knowledge of the German game and mindset whilst there.

Stopping his playing career to pursue his interests in the technical and administration side of the game, Murphy used his extensive knowledge and contacts to become Head Scout at New York Cosmos where he also finished his playing career. Following a number of years in New York, the progression continued to become Technical Director for Real Salt Lake in the MLS, with a further move to D.C. United in the same position. The role of Technical Director meant Murphy was expected to identify talented players both within and outside of the United States using the system available to him.

Dane Murphy

Following Dane’s appointment in the CEO position, he told that he was delighted to join such a progressive club.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining Barnsley Football Club. Few from America have the opportunity to work in English Football, let alone a storied club with a rich history of success. In my short time within the Barnsley community it is quite clear that nothing is given, and everything is earned. I have travelled enough of the world to recognise true passion and those that fight for what they have, which is evident in the culture of the Barnsley people. Through hard work and diligence, I hope to help give the Barnsley faithful everything they deserve and a team to be proud of. I am confident that the squad and coaching staff led by Daniel Stendel will bring joy to Oakwell this season and those beyond. 

“As well as on the pitch, we will be looking to continue the good work off it. The club has a number of plans and ideas in place, with the fans at the forefront of this. I am thoroughly looking forward to meeting with our fanbase and seeing how we can work together to make Barnsley a club that everyone wants to be a part of.”

Co-Chairman Paul Conway explained the appointment to, stating that he was pleased to be able to fill the role after such an extensive and thorough process.

He said: “We are very pleased to welcome Dane to Barnsley Football Club. After a worldwide search it was apparent to the entire Board of Directors that Dane was the best qualified for the position. Dane has a dynamic background with extensive experience on the pitch and in the executive suite. His experience in the continent, especially Germany was very unique. Dane is committed to further improving our squad, academy and supporter's experience at Oakwell. We are very excited for the upcoming season in the Sky Bet Championship and once again want to thank our supporters for their unwavering support." 

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