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'Moneyball' executive Beane joining group to purchase Barnsley

'Moneyball' executive Beane joining group to purchase Barnsley”

Chinese businessman Chien Lee, who is majority shareholder at French top tier club Nice, would become the majority shareholder of the club if the deals goes through.

The vice president of baseball operation of the Oakland Athletics rose to prominence in the sport based on his pioneering use of statistics and identifying undervalued talent.

Despite a low budget, the 55-year-old turned the A's into a competitive force in the Major League Baseball and was later played by Brad Pitt in the 2011 film "Moneyball".

Patrick Cryne the current owner of Barnsley has been suffering from terminal cancer
Patrick Cryne the current owner of Barnsley has been suffering from terminal cancer

Beane, whose consortium will acquire current owner Patrick Cryne's shares, is no stranger to football and in 2015 was hired by Dutch club AZ Alkmaar as an adviser.

Lee has been trying to buy an English Premier League club since a year ago and had previously held talks with Hull and Middlesbrough - both now of the Championship.

Lee and Conway have been in negotiations with Patrick Cryne, the Barnsley owner, for several months and a deal to buy 98.5 per cent of the club is expected to be announced this month. Cryne has terminal cancer and wrote in the match day programme earlier in the week that he doesn't expect to see the end of the season.



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