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11 October 2021

Barnsley Football Club are pleased to confirm appointments within a number of departments here at Oakwell.

One of the most recent additions at the Club has seen David Wernersson appointed as Club Secretary. The 32-year-old Swede has extensive football experience in his homeland, where for two years he worked with Malmo-based club LB07 as CEO and Club Director. 

Joining the Club as First Team Goalkeeper Coach is Thomas Fawdry. Born in Surrey, the 35-year-old has previously worked at Charlton Athletic, Reading and most recently enjoyed a two-year spell in the Australian A-League with Melbourne Victory.

Following Matt Cook’s appointment as First Team Lead Sports Science and Performance Coach during pre-season, we've also added James Walsh to our first team Sports Science and Performance department. Having previously worked with Manchester United, Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United, the 31-year-old brings with him a wealth of knowledge. 

There have also been a number of internal promotions within the Club, as Vikki Stevens has taken up the role of First Team Lead Physiotherapist, whilst Gavin Walker moves up to first team level having previously worked in the academy setup.

Nathan Kirby has earnt a promotion to First Team Lead Analyst, and we’ve also seen Thomas Yeomans step up from academy level, with him becoming First Team Performance Analyst. 

Away from the football and performance areas of the Club, Kieran Morley has taken the step up to become an Assistant Groundsperson, whilst John Stevenson is a full-time addition to the catering department.

Speaking on the appointments, Chief Executive Officer, Khaled El-Ahmad said: ”Soft values, such as being positive, transparent and professional are characteristics I expect from all at Oakwell and having reviewed processes and personnel, it was quickly evident that we have good people within our staff. I’m pleased that a number of individuals who express those qualities have been rewarded with internal promotions.

“Ensuring we have the right people in the right positions is essential and Barnsley FC has a long history of giving staff an opportunity to develop and flourish, I wish all those who have received taken a step up the best of luck.

Of course, I am just as pleased to welcome David, Thomas, James and Matt to the Club. The four arrive at Oakwell with great experience and I look forward to their contributions as collectively, we look to drive the Club forward.”

There are set to be further increases to our staffing levels within the Club, particularly at academy level as we strive for success in the coming months. 

But for now, we'd like to welcome our latest appointments and wish them all the very best in their roles here at Barnsley Football Club.

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