Date: 2nd February 2018 at 8:23pm
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Earlier this evening Barnsley announced that head coach Paul Heckingbottom had agreed and signed a new deal at Oakwell.

The 40 year old completes two years at the helm of his hometown club having taken charge back in February 2016 and including the time he has spent as caretaker manager, he has now been in charge of over 100 matches with us.

Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye told the Official Site.

‘This is recognition of Paul`s hard work for the last two seasons. Coaching and development is a large part of our model as well as targeting young players so we need to have a Head Coach who embraces this philosophy and knows how to develop these players, while competing in one of the most competitive leagues in the world. This new contract shows his commitment to the project that the Club is embarking on. He believes in the plans we have in place at Barnsley Football Club like we all do. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Paul as we go into a really important last few months of the season.’

With a number of stand out moments already from Heckingbottom’s time at the club, in his own interview he admitted that the deal had effectively been in place for a while, they just hadn’t got round to signing it with the January window and the loss of Patrick Cryne.

‘It`s something that if we`re honest was done a while ago in terms of being agreed, but getting involved in the transfer window followed by the sad news about Patrick put it on the back burner. It`s nice to get it all out in the open and people can stop asking me about it now! I started speaking with Gauthier about it a long time ago, there was never any issue about getting it done. Gauthier and myself both knew it was going to happen and we were relaxed about it. It`s nice for everyone now to understand why we were relaxed, there was never any doubt.’

With Barnsley being his boyhood club, he admitted being on the verge of two years in charge wasn’t something that he really thought about, admitting that the highlights and achievements probably won’t really dawn on him until he’s hung up his managerial gloves.

‘I don`t really think about it like that, I probably won`t until I`m gone as you`re forever working! I`m so busy because I enjoy it so much, I have to stop myself doing things at times to make sure my life balance is right. When you enjoy doing things so much it can take over if you let it, so that`s the biggest challenge.’