New Barnsley boss praises club’s ambition

Newly-appointed Barnsley manager José Morais has voiced his admiration of the football club’s ambition.

Morais, pictured right, was unveiled as manager last week – following the departure of Paul Heckingbottom to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United – and is confident the club are on an upward trajectory.

He said: “I think and I see a club with potential to grow, a club with potential to make an impact in their region with people that are proud to be from here.

“The people here have ambition, are proud of the town and who they really are. This feeling has brought me here, it’s touching to see this.”

The well-travelled Portuguese has worked at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan – predominantly as an assistant to José Mourinho – but says he knows what it takes to thrive in the lower leagues.

He said: “I know all about the ambition of all the clubs in the championship and I know all about the interest across the world in the Championship, this especially has been raised in recent years.”

Barnsley sit in 22nd place in The Championship – one point from safety – so Morais’ first assignment will be to steer the club away from relegation danger.

His first three matches could prove crucial in their relegation battle, starting tomorrow night at home to bottom side Burton Albion.

This is followed by trips to 19th placed Birmingham City and 21st placed Hull City – where positive results would instantly endear him to the Barnsley faithful.

Morais issued a final rallying cry before Barnsley’s decisive run-in.

He said: “I want to give a message to the fans… Believe. If you know what it takes to believe, give us your belief and with this we will achieve what we want. The Championship is what we want and is our place, we will get it. Believe.”