If Mark Robins does depart Oakwell the reason is quite simple: It’s all about the money.
During two budget meetings with the club in recent days Robins has been repeatedly refused more funds to help strengthen a squad that finished as the top club in South Yorkshire.
His relationship with Reds owner Patrick Cryne is fractious at best and the monetary news fuelled Robins’ anger at not being given any of the Adam Hammill transfer money to spend. The winger was sold to Wolves for £500,000 in January this year.
Credited as the man who saved Alex Ferguson with a goal at Nottingham Forest for Manchester United in the FA Cup in 1990, Robins has consistently ensured he has got the most out of his career.
Despite winning a League Cup and a European Super Cup winners’ medal, Robins put in a transfer request at Old Trafford.
A move to Norwich City in 1992 was successful until a falling out with manager John Deehan led to a three-year stay at Leicester City beginning in 1995.
Another League Cup was won in 1997 before Robins became somewhat of a journeyman around six clubs at home and abroad with a move to Greek club Panionios in 1998.
Robins became a Rotherham United favourite with 44 goals in 107 matches between 2000-03. After short stays with Sheffield Wednesday and Burton Albion it was with the Millers that he first became a manager in 2007.
Two seasons later he was prepared to take on the Barnsley job, saving the club from relegation and ensuring a comfortable last campaign.