Barnsley owner Patrick Cryne has made it clear to supporers that he might not live to see the end of the season.
Cryne stepped down from day-to-day duties last year after being diagnosed with bowel cancer and announced in March he was “officially terminally ill”. Writing in his programme notes for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie with Derby, the 66-year-old, who has been in charge since 2004, updated fans on his condition.
“I am living on borrowed time,” he said. “I live in pain, but living is better than the alternative. For much of the time since I became the club’s buyer of last resort, I allowed others to run the club, fearing that I did not know enough to win the respect and supporter of the ‘football people’.
“People are not shy in coming forward and telling me they appreciate my efforts, even if I have fallen short of their aspirations. I receive many letters and cards from fans who share with me their memories and best wishes. I am grateful to them all.
“Regarding this season, I think we will get stronger as it goes on and our team gels, not unlike the double Wembley season. I do not expect to live to see the ultimate outcome, but I travel in hope. I wish you all a good football season and thank you for your kindness down the years.”
Our best wishes to Patrick in this period.