By Mike Keegan For Mailonline
Published: 17:37 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 17:37 BST, 15 September 2020
The EFL are yet to receive a request from Barnsley to stage matches away from Oakwell - following a day when revelations sparked a furious response within the town.
On Monday, sources told Sportsmail that the Championship club, locked in a row over the purchase of the historic ground, had spoken to other EFL sides with a view to playing fixtures elsewhere – including at two grounds in Lancashire.
The move may well be a high stakes attempt to ramp up the pressure on both the local council and the club’s former owners, each of whom own a 50 per cent share of the stadium.
Barnsley have held talks with other EFL clubs about a controversial move away from Oakwell
One insider with knowledge of the situation has suggested that the stadium purchase issue is a smokescreen and that the threat of a move is more likely a play to reduce rent fees and secure investment in the ground from the local authority.
Any such switch – which would be highly controversial – would need the green light from the EFL board. And it is understood that no such permission has yet been requested.
The news has been greeted with outrage from large sections of the club’s support. And those