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Robins placed on gardening leave

Mark Robins
Robins was appointed Rotherham boss in March 2007

Rotherham United have placed manager Mark Robins on gardening leave while he holds talks about the Barnsley job.

The Reds are looking for a new boss following Simon Davey's departure at the weekend and Robins did not take training at United on Thursday.

Millers chairman Tony Stewart told BBC Radio Sheffield: "At this stage Mark Robins is in discussions with Barnsley.

"We all hope at Rotherham United that Mark makes the correct decision and stays and finishes what he's started."

It is believed that Robins, 39, can be released from his contract if a specific compensation fee is paid by the approaching club.

Mark is a young ambitious manager and came across very well. He ticks all the boxes

Barnsley director Don Rowing

Barnsley are currently bottom of the Championship after picking up just one point from their opening five games.

Robins took charge of Rotherham, who are second in League Two, in March 2007.

Reds director Don Rowing told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Mark is a young ambitious manager and came across very well. He ticks all the boxes.

"However we can't make a final decision until he has spoken to our owner Patrick Cryne. When that has happened I think it will be a very quick decision."

Meanwhile Rotherham confirmed on Sunday that three of Robins' backroom staff, assistant manager John Breckin, first-team coach Steve Taylor and goalkeeping coach Nick Daws, have all been given permission to speak to Barnsley.

The trio have also been placed on gardening leave.

A club statement, released on Sunday, read: "Rotherham United Football Club yesterday evening [Saturday] received a formal approach from Barnsley Football Club requesting permission to speak with John Breckin, Steve Taylor and Nick Daws.

"All three were contacted individually by telephone and asked if they wished to speak with Barnsley FC.

"All three confirmed that they did and were simultaneously given permission and placed on 'gardening leave' until the outcome of their discussions is resolved.

"Head of Youth Steve Thornber will take charge of first team affairs during the period of the current coaching staff's 'gardening leave' and will be assisted by senior professional Paul Warne and Chief Scout Alan Crawford."

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see also
Barnsley hunt young new manager
01 Sep 09 |  Barnsley
Davey and Barnsley part company
29 Aug 09 |  Barnsley

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