Robins Confirms Departure
Reds searching for sixth manager in 10 years Barnsley are yet again on the lookout for a new manager after Mark Robins ended his 20 month reign at the club after a week of turmoil. It was reported on Thursday that Robins had been sacked after a dispute with the board over financial constraints for the 2011-2012 season. The club released a statement yesterday stating that this was not the case but that the 41 year old former Manchester United striker was considering his future. And after 24 hours deliberation, Robins has decided to leave Oakwell. Brought in to replace Simon Davey in September 2009, he rescued the club from the bottom of the Championship in 2009-2010 before achieving their highest league finish in 10 years and their best points total at this level in 11. But after finding out he would not have any money to strengthen the side during the summer, Robins has decided to end his tenure. Through the League Managers Association he said: "I am disappointed that I will no longer have the opportunity to continue the club's progress next season," "Since taking charge of the club, I am proud to have guided Barnsley from the foot of the Championship to safety last season, and improve on the league position as well as points total this campaign, all on a limited budget. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all the players, my staff who worked so hard to try and bring success on the field and especially the supporters. "I wish them and the club every success for the future." It has to be hoped the club will move swiftly to appoint a new manager so he can start building for the 2011-2012 season. Former West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo has already been linked but he is also on the radar of Sheffield United, as, apparently, is Robins. Mark Robins won 29, drew 25 and lost 38 of his 92 games in charge.
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