Barnsley are considering Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson as a potential replacement for Daniel Stendel at Oakwell, Football Insider have reported.
The Tykes are searching for a new boss after sacking Stendel on Tuesday morning, after a run of ten league games without a win that has left them 23rd in the Championship table heading into the October international break.
Robinson took over as manager of Motherwell in March 2017, and it was recently reported that the 44-year-old is also attracting attention from Millwall, as they search for a new manager following Neil Harris’ recent departure from the club.
So would Robinson be a good manager for Barnsley?
Here, we look at two pros and two cons to this potential appointment.
Pro: He has a decent record
Since taking over at Motherwell in March 2017, it does seem as though Robinson has had a positive impact on the club.
His first full season saw him lead his side to the finals of both the Scottish Cup, and the Scottish League Cup, and Motherwell are currently third in the Scottish Premiership, only behind Rangers and Celtic.
It seems therefore as though Robinson will be capable of giving Barnsley a much-needed lift were he to move to Oakwell, considering Motherwell were tenth in the Scottish top flight at the time of his appointment.
Pro: He seems to fit the mould Barnsley are looking for
According to reports linking Robinson with Oakwell, the Barnsley hierarchy have been impressed with the Motherwell boss’ ability to work on a budget, and also bringing through players from the academy into the first team.
That is something that could serve him well were he to take over at Oakwell. Barnsley are not exactly going to have the biggest budget in the league, particularly given they have just been promoted from League One, so bringing someone in who can work under those restrictions could be a smart move.
Add to that the fact that the use of homegrown players is something that always seems to go down well with a club’s fanbase, and this may prove to be a popular appointment from the Tykes.
Con: He doesn’t have any Championship experience
Prior to his appointment at Motherwell, Robinson’s only previous managerial experience came with Oldham Athletic, who were playing in League One during his time at the club between 2016 and 2017.
As a result this would be Robinson’s first time managing in the Championship, which could make this a big risk for Barnsley to take.
The Championship is of course notorious for its challenging nature, and with Barnsley currently looking like they will be facing a season-long challenge to stay in the division, that could be a target that will be difficult for Robinson to achieve if he fails to adjust to life at this level quickly.
Con: There are other options out there
Of course, Robinson is far from the only option currently available for Barnsley to explore.
As has already been mentioned, Neil Harris is currently out of work following his departure from Millwall, while former Birmingham and Derby boss Gary Rowett is available after leaving Stoke in January.
Given both these managers have a proven track record in keeping teams in the division, and even helping to move them up the second-tier standings, you wonder Barnsley would be better off considering a move for a manager such as this before looking to Robinson.