Rotherham have placed manager Mark Robins on gardening leave after he held talks with Barnsley on Wednesday night.

Tykes director Barry Taylor confirmed the former Manchester United striker was a "leading contender" to replace Simon Davey, who left the Coca-Cola Championship club by mutual consent last weekend.

Rotherham have now taken the decision to relieve Robins of his duties until talks with their Yorkshire rivals have concluded.

Millers chairman Tony Stewart released a statement on Thursday, which read: "Mark Robins has confirmed that his talks with Barnsley FC are not yet concluded and as such, whilst he remains our manager, it has been agreed that he will take a period of gardening leave until the matter is resolved.

"We will keep fans updated as and when further developments occur and wish to confirm that preparations for Saturday's game with Chesterfield will take priority at this moment in time."

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