Reds board hope Robins decides to stay

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BARNSLEY Football Club issued a statement last night to end speculation they had sacked manager Mark Robins and that he was being scouted by other clubs.

As revealed exclusively in The Star on Friday, the club have not sacked Robins as was widely reported.

But the club statement did confirm that the former Manchester United man is considering his position with a reduced playing kitty budgeted for next season.

“The board is aware of the speculation in the media regarding Mark Robins being on manager shortlists for other clubs, but to date our club has not been approached,” it said. “We are happy with Mark Robins as our manager and hope he will decide to stay and help us implement the changes needed to move our club forward on the playing field and within the constraints imposed by the Football League.”

Robins has 12 months to run on his three-year contract which he signed back in September 2009.

The Star understands that Robins has however grown increasingly concerned about the direction the club is taking and is believed to be frustrated with the funds which will be at his disposal next season to strengthen his squad.

The club statement added: “Last week the board met with Mark Robins to discuss the Football League’s proposals on football finance currently being considered by all Championship clubs.

“It is well documented that debt levels in the Championship are unacceptably high and unless clubs take significant action to change course the projected accumulated operating losses and resulting debt levels will treble over the next five years. Compounding the problem is the reduction of television revenue that clubs will receive commencing from the 2012/13 season (a reduction of £700,000 plus).”

Owner Patrick Cryne added: “No one has terminated Mark’s contract.”