Date:Saturday September 5 2009
Rotherham United's John Breckin will lead the Millers out this afternoon as - well as what? Assistant Manager? Temporary Manager? Manager-in-waiting? Or, if rumours are correct, as his last job with Rotherham United?
Speaking to Radio Sheffield's Football Heaven yesterday evening Breck said, 'It's been a bit of a hectic week for me.'
Being a fan of the Millers has been a bit hectic too. The Chairman saying he hadn't been approached by Barnsley to be asked if they could speak to Mark Robins. The next day he gave them permission to speak to his manager but saying that he expected him to still be in charge for Saturday's game. Then we hear that he had put Robins on 'gardening leave' and yesterday told everyone that John Breckin was in charge, at least for the Chesterfield game.
There's the rumours too - the most worrying is that Robins wants to take all his backroom staff with him. Taking one or two, maybe we could re-shuffle and sort out, but taking all of them - well, it's just start again time isn't it?
Rotherham United have never done 'easy' or 'simple' - it's just not in our vocabulary. But, for once, I don't think any of this is Rotherham United's fault. If Tony Stewart hadn't given Barnsley permission to speak to Mark Robins, it could be said that an approach by them had been rumours. (That's something Rotherham United do very well, rumours). If Mark Robins had said to Barnsley, 'No, not interested' we'd have praised him for his loyalty and he would have been a legend forever. But, he didn't. He went to a meeting, us, the fans got wind of it and the rumbles started. As soon as Robins put on his suit and headed for Oakwell he was saying 'goodbye' to Rotherham United. Even if he decides not to move on to Barnsley, there really is no way back for him at Rotherham - not in the foreseeable future anyway. Can we or should we blame him for trying to better himself? Wouldn't we all be at least tempted by something better? Too damn right we would. For Robins sake, I hope this is a step upwards - personally, I can only see it as a step sideways.
And what of Barnsley's hand in all this? Approaching Robins just before a local derby wasn't the best way to go about things in my opinion. It's bound to cause unrest among the players. It's not like Barnsley have a game this weekend, because of International's they are match free. It could have been handled better. But, that's all water under the bridge now.
I just hope, at quarter to four today, we aren't waving goodbye to John Breckin as well.
Date:Saturday September 5 2009
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