Karl Robinson has admitted that he didn’t want to be considered for the managerial vacancy at Barnsley, with the 37-year-old insisting that he is happy in Sky Bet League One with Charlton Athletic.
Speaking to the Kent Live, Robinson has admitted that he told his agent he didn’t want to even be considered for the job at Oakwell, insisting that he didn’t want to make Barnsley’s shortlist.
He said: “When my agent phoned me and said ‘this is the situation’ I told him ‘I don’t want to be on it’ [shortlist] so that was that.
“I don’t see Barnsley for me. I think this is the place I want to be. I want this club to be in the Championship. It’s as simple as that.”
Barnsley are currently on the lookout for Paul Heckingbottom’s permanent replacement, following the 40-year-old’s decision to turn his back on Oakwell in a favour of a move across Yorkshire to Leeds United.
Robinson appears to have been on Barnsley’s radar in the last week, but the Charlton boss has been adamant he wants to remain at the Valley and guide the Addicks back to the Championship, rather than taking the direct route there himself.
Charlton currently sit seventh in the League One table, two points adrift of Bradford City, who occupy the final play-off spot.
However, Robinson’s side have two games in hand over Bradford, and will be looking to claw their way back into the top-six on Saturday afternoon when they face MK Dons.
Robinson’s commitment to Charlton has to be admired, but his insistence on not considering the Barnsley job will be a major concern for the Tykes.
Barnsley have taken time in appointing Heckingbottom’s successor, which has coincided with the club slipping into the Championship’s relegation zone.
Taking the Barnsley job at this current time doesn’t seem an attractive option.
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