The architect of “Moneyball” is coming to the Football League Championship.
Oakland A’s hero Billy Beane is being installed into the Barnsley set-up as an investor as the club confirmed a takeover on Tuesday.
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Beane is no stranger to soccer, having been hired by AZ Alkmaar by ex-USMNT player Earnie Stewart in 2015. New owner Chien Lee also owns 50 percent of Ligue 1 side Nice.
Chien Lee is joined on the Championship club’s board by baseball pioneer Billy Beane, as well as investors Paul Conway, Grace Hung and Neerav Parekh.
The group takes the reins from owner Patrick Cryne, who has invested plenty in the club but is suffering from a terminal form of cancer.
The Tykes are four points clear of the drop zone in the Championship.