BARNSLEY owner Patrick Cryne has told The Star he is hoping to appoint a new manager to replace Mark Robins as quick as possible.
Cryne said: “I’m hoping we’ll be able to make an early decision, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
“It’s going to take few days to sort things out, but we’ve already had quite a few applications for the position and we’ll be looking at all of these very seriously. We don’t want to reveal whose those applicants are at this stage, but we’re looking for someone who has had some success in the past. We want an experienced manager and someone who feels they will be able to continue developing our academy system.”
It was widely rumoured that Cryne and Robins had parted company acrimoniously, but Cryne wanted to clarify the situation.
“There’s no ill-feeling between me and Mark, it’s a shame he’s left but that was his decision. He wants to take a different direction,” Cryne added.
“He helped consolidate our position in the Championship and made sure we didn’t getsucked into a relegation battle. We wish him all the best, but now the club most look forward and move on.”
Cryne has said there will be money available to sign new players for next season, although he would like to see more of the club’s promising youngsters given a first-team chance.
“It’s the duty of the Board to re-evaluate what’s going on to move the club forward.”
Former Reds’ boss Danny Wilson is believed to be an early leading candidate to become Robins’ successor, while Rochdale manager Keith Hill has also been linked with the job.
In the coming days there are sure to be plenty more managers who will put their hats in the ring.
Twelve candidates have already expressed an interest in the vacant position.