Mark Robins looks to have moved a step closer to being appointed Barnsley manager after three members of his coaching staff at Rotherham were given permission to speak to the Tykes.

Robins was placed on gardening leave by the Millers last week while he held talks with the Coca-Cola Championship side with a view to succeeding Simon Davey in the Oakwell hot seat.

And Rotherham have now allowed Robins' assistant John Breckin, first-team coach Steve Taylor and goalkeeping coach Nick Daws to hold talks with their Yorkshire rivals.

The trio have also been placed on gardening leave by the League Two leaders, who have put head of youth Steve Thornber in charge of the first team, with veteran striker Paul Warne and chief scout Alan Crawford assisting him.

Rotherham on Sunday released a statement, which read: "Rotherham United Football Club on Saturday evening received a formal approach from Barnsley Football Club requesting permission to speak with John Breckin, Steve Taylor and Nick Daws.

"All three were contacted individually by telephone and asked if they wished to speak with Barnsley FC.

"All three confirmed that they did and were simultaneously given permission and placed on 'gardening leave' until the outcome of their discussions is resolved.

"Head of Youth Steve Thornber will take charge of first team affairs during the period of the current coaching staff's 'gardening leave' and will be assisted by senior professional Paul Warne and Chief Scout Alan Crawford.

"The Board of Directors at Rotherham United Football Club will continue to work towards having these issues resolved and concluded at the earliest possible opportunity."

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