Coventry City deserted
IT CERTAINLY makes a change; a manager leaving Coventry City after being courted by a rival club. Managerial departures of late have tended to be the result of acrimonious sackings or bitter resignations; often polarising public opinion but generally leaving the Sky Blue Army relishing a fresh start.
That is not the case here, with many claiming that Robins' departure means a top half finish is out of the question. While that is clearly a claim riddled with haste and incredulity, even the most optimistic of City fans must fear that this revelation could derail our push for a playoff spot.
Although the details of Robins' exit remain fairly unclear, it's hard not to agree with those who have filled Sky Blue message boards with disheartened polemics.
The sequence of events that has culminated in Robins' move is intriguing to say the least, with reports surfacing late this morning that a formal approach from Huddersfield Town had been rejected.
This was soon followed by details of a six-figure release clause in Robins' contract, fuelling speculation that Huddersfield would return with a technically unrefusable offer after being rebuffed just hours before.
Meanwhile, if reports are to be believed, it appears that Robins was busy clearing his Ryton office, while his backroom staff are said to have bid a fond farewell to the playing staff. This could easily be interpreted as an attempt to engineer a move away from the club, in a similar vein to Peter Odemwingie's deadline day exploits.
If it did in fact occur, this manipulative display is extremely displeasing and surprisingly out of character. Given that I have eulogised about Robins' honesty and professionalism on a number of occasions, for him to behave in this manner is massively surprising.
Even after the Coventry Telegraph reported this incident, nothing was set in stone regarding Robins' departure. As the evening rolled on, posts from William Edjenguele and Carl Baker on Twitter and Facebook respectively suggested that the players had heard nothing to suggest the gaffer was on his way out.
Even now, nothing is official, but with BBC Sport reporting that Robins and his advisors have been in talks with Huddersfield throughout the evening, confirmation of his departure appears imminent.
So, with chants of "There's only one Mark Robins" still ringing in his ears, Coventry's manager makes his way to Yorkshire, topping off what has been an unbelievably painful week for the club.