BARNSLEY defender Bobby Hassell has called for the club’s supporters to back owner Patrick Cryne in finding the best replacement for Mark Robins.
Robins resigned as the Reds’ manager late on Sunday evening after just short of two years in charge at Oakwell, frustrated with a trimmed transfer kitty for next season and the direction the club was taking.
Already former West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo, ex-Newcastle boss Chris Hughton and Rochdale’s Keith Hill have been linked with becoming Robins’ successor.
Ex-Reds boss Danny Wilson was believed to be the front-runner to take over the managerial reigns, but The Star understands the 51-year-old already has another job lined up.
“To be fair to Patrick, if it wasn’t for him who knows where this club would be right now?” Hassell told The Star.
“Some of the fans have given him some stick for some of his decisions, but he’s put a lot of money into the club and the club owe him everything at the minute.
“We’re just in a transitional period at the moment. Since we got promoted from League One we’ve been down at the wrong end of the table and not really been able to push up.
“It has been frustrating, but this year, for the first time, we’ve managed to not get dragged into a relegation scrap which is good progress.
“But myself and all the players want to do better than that and start doing better in the division. We’ve had five years in the Championships and for me next year is going to a massive season; it could be make-or-break for us.
“It’s important everyone backs Patrick to find the right replacement for Mark. I think we need someone who can come in and find the players from League One and League Two who could do a decent job in the Championship.”
Former boss Robins recruited a lot of loan players last season, some of whom obviously performed better than others.
But Hassell admits he would prefer a few more permanent signings and admits some of the club’s young players might have to feature more,.
“I don’t like to see a lot of loan players coming in, to be honest, because you don’t really know whether their hearts in it and whether they’re here just to put themselves in the shop window,” added Hassell.
“It’s a difficult one because players like Kieran Trippier and Paul McShane made a big difference. But I think we’d be better with a few more permanent signings.”