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OPEN LETTER FROM NEERAV PAREKH

14 May 2022

Dear Reds,

I write this letter to you following the recently announced reconstitution of the Club’s board of directors.

As I referenced in earlier communications, we, as custodians, are aware of just how much this Club means to the people of Barnsley.

Whilst I look forward to meeting many partners and supporters over the coming months, I would like to thank all of you for your outstanding backing this season. I feel privileged to know some of you and whilst travelling across the country over the last four years, I now recognise a lot of faces. Both at home and on the road, your passion and commitment cannot be questioned.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the season past. Barnsley FC has spent more seasons in the second tier of English football than any other and everybody associated with the Club feels the same pain and frustration as our loyal supporters. Last season was a real low point for the Club, results-wise, and we pledge to put results on the pitch as the primary driver for everything we do at the Club.  

Alongside my fellow directors, I am prepared to stand up through the bad times and work hard to bring back success to Oakwell. I appreciate the recent disappointment and that you want answers. In time, I will be in a position to provide them. While broken relationships and lost trust take time to rebuild, for now, I want to assure you that the Club will do everything it can at all levels to improve. As a board, we will live by our Latin motto. Spectemur Agendo. Let us be judged by our acts.

I appreciate that the 22/23 early bird season ticket deadline is fast approaching, and sections of our loyal fanbase are questioning their commitment to this great Club. I plan to speak with local media and host a fan forum on May 27th. Because of this timing, the directors would like to extend the early bird deadline up until 31st May, in order to provide as many as possible the opportunity to understand our motives before pledging to the upcoming campaign. For those who have already chosen to renew or decide to do so for this campaign, thank you. For those who decide not to, I understand why you’ve made that choice, and we’ll work hard to earn your trust over the course of next season.

When we come back, as a collective, we will be stronger.

Thank you again for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you soon.

All the best,

Neerav Parekh
Chairman


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