Cryne’s focus is on quality recruitment

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BARNSLEY owner Patrick Cryne has issued a statement detailing the direction the club will now look to take following the resignation of manager Mark Robins.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill is the Reds’ first-choice replacement for Robins, who resigned late last Sunday evening, and he will be interviewed next week.

Former Sheffield Wednesday managers Brian Laws and Alan Irvine have both applied for the vacant manager’s position at Oakwell, as has former Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell.

But speculation ex Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton and former West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo have applied for the position are unfounded, as was the widely reported rumour that Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale had approached the club.

Former Reds manager Danny Wilson was initially contacted but ruled himself out of the running, while former Reds defender Darren Moore expressed his desire to get into management, but The Star understands his lack of experience has kept him out of the running.

Rochdale issued a statement saying they had honoured an agreement with Hill to allow him to speak to other clubs.

“It is with great reluctance that the Rochdale board of directors have given their permission to Barnsley to speak to Keith,” it said.

Meanwhile, Cryne said: “Over the past few weeks the media coverage received by Barnsley FC has been focused on supposed budgetary cuts and the resultant fall-out from those,” said Cryne.

“This assessment oversimplifies and therefore misrepresents matters necessitating this statement to set the record straight for the benefit of our fans.

“It is Einstein’s definition of madness to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the outcome to be different.

“The board believes that it is time to be more radical and do things differently, hence the review under way.

“Some aspects of the change of direction being proposed have been announced to fans, for example, basing the future of the club on quality recruitment and the intensive development of our standout youth talent.

“This does not mean an end to loan signings but it does mean they will take a lower priority within our squad structure.

“We need to create value within our squad, not to sell players, but to enjoy more success for our team, our sponsors and, most of all, our fans.

“In selecting a new manager, we need to take care to select someone who fits with the strategy we feel best suits Barnsley FC going forward.”