Oakwell boss on the brink

Board clash: Mark Robins

Board clash: Mark Robins

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BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins is on the verge of being the next local manager to leave his club, after a long-running power feud at Oakwell.

Robins is unhappy with the budget he’s been set for next season.

He has 12 months left of his three-year deal - and, contrary to reports yesterday, has not been asked to “serve his notice period”. However, it is clear he may seek to leave Oakwell after failing to see eye to eye with the board.

The uncertainty over Robins’ future emerged two days after Sheffield United released Micky Adams.

Speaking exclusively from his hospital bed, Barnsley owner Patrick Cryne denied suggestions the club had binned Robins’ contract.

“No-one has terminated Mark’s contract,” said Cryne. “I’ve been in hospital all week but as far as I’m concerned he’s still the manager. I’m more than happy for Mark to stay.”

Robins, aged 41, and Cryne met last week to discuss next season’s budget. The manager was left frustrated with expected trimmed transfer funds. It was the latest in a line of difficult discussions between the pair and the board.

It is believed the Reds are losing up to £750,000 in TV revenue next season, although the club insists that money will still be found for new signings.

Barnsley want to be less reliant on loan signings and Cryne wants to give youth a chance.

Robins, who is regarded as loyal but ambitious, wants a stronger first team. If he was to leave it would be after guiding them to their highest position for five years.

A decision is unlikely to be made until Cryne has left hospital.

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