The Barnsley summer rebuild has continued with the arrival of a new CEO, with the club confirming on its official website that Khaled El-Ahmad is joining the Tykes and taking up the position.
The Tykes have gone through a bit of upheaval this summer in all truth at board level and, of course, in seeing former manager Valerien Ismael and some of his staff leaving to head to West Bromwich Albion.
That is the nature of the game, though, and the Tykes have displayed fine adaptability skills in the past when it has happened before, so you’d expect them to get on with things again and still produce results.
Indeed, that is what El-Ahmad will be hoping to do as he takes up the CEO post, having joined from City Football Group where he had been since 2016.
Interestingly, El-Ahmad will become the first Swedish CEO in British football in taking the position at Oakwell, and he’ll no doubt be keen to help the club build on what was a really successful campaign last time out in the Sky Bet Championship.
Quoted by the club’s website, co-chairman Paul Conway expressed his delight at the appointment:
“We are very excited to welcome Khaled to Barnsley as our Chief Executive Officer. Khaled has an incredible and diverse background in football and will immediately enhance Barnsley’s overall management, recruiting, academy and commercial operations.
“We consider Barnsley to be one of the best evaluators of young talent in the Sky Bet Championship but it is also important for us as a Club to evolve our recruiting to other parts of the world including North America, South America and Scandinavia, all areas of expertise of Khaled.
“Furthermore, we need to further improve our commercial operations and enhance our academy, both areas of expertise of Khaled. We look forward to the upcoming season in the Sky Bet Championship and once again want to thank our supporters for their unwavering support.”
An exciting period awaits at Barnsley, then, and Tykes fans will be eager to see their club moving from strength to strength in the coming seasons.