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Tykes targeted by investors

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In recent articles we have suggested that Championship clubs are the most likely targets in the immediate future for takeovers.   There are hardly any Premiership clubs available.  Championship clubs are available at more realistic prices and offer the excitement of developing them so that they can challenge for promotion.

Barnsley are hardly the most glamorous takeover target.   They have only ever been in the top flight for one season and, despite recent efforts at regeneration, their hinterland has faced economic difficulties since the end of coal mining.

However, the club which has been owned by Patrick Cryne since 2004, is debt free and it has excellent training facilities.   Hence, the reported interest of an Italian consortium.