Richie Barker and Simon Clark out
The revolving door was, well revolving again this week as the club confirmed that both Richie Barker and Simon Clark will leave SE7 after Sunday.
Barker is an odd one in that Robinson made a real play for his old number two and I suspect Charlton had to pay compensation to get him (each decision better than the last). Barker, who was mysteriously re-titled as first team coach and not assistant manager, at some point during his time with us, is moving not into management but has decided to join Rotherham United as Paul Warne’s number two.
The recently appointed full time Millers’ manager and Barker are close and Warne, who has been given a difficult time by Rotherham fans as they career into League One will be hoping that Barker, who played for the Yorkshire club, can be a steadying and positive influence.
Meanwhile I think it is a real shame to lose a coach of Simon Clark’s ability. An infectious and bright young coach described by people that know him and I know I have one regular visitor on here that talked exceptionally highly of Clark’s talent.
The Lincolnshire man joined the club as a youth development coach in 2014 and had been dropped for first team duties by Robinson with Lee Bowyer being given a greater role with Chris O’Loughlin’s arse still finding space on the bench. With Jacko expected to take a bigger role Robinson will need to re-jiggle his coaching staff again during the summer.
Good luck to Simon, but I really expect him to be a future success within the game.
Incredulously Barker and Clark are the 11th and 12th coaches to leave The Valley since 2014! The amount of money being wasted is truly outstanding.