ROBINS GONE: Barnsley boss resigns

Mark Robins has resigned as Barnsley manager following days of speculation about his future.

Robins had informed the Barnsley board he would need time to consider if he could work with budget cuts outline in a meeting last week.

The board confirmed on Saturday that they believed a departure for the 41-year-old was likely so invoked a clause in his contract which would limit the amount of compensation he would receive.

Robins confirmed his resignation yesterday.

In a statement issued via the League Managers’ Association Robins 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.”

Robins has been heavily linked with the vacant manager’s post at Sheffield United.

For more on this story, plus the Reds’ hunt for a new boss, see this Thursday’s South Yorkshire Times.