Sky Blues’ Robins rubbishes Doncaster link

BOOKIES’ favourite Mark Robins has quashed speculation linking him with the vacant manager’s job at Doncaster Rovers.

The former Rotherham and Barnsley boss, who this week guided Coventry City to the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, insists his immediate future lies with the Sky Blues.

“Absolutely I can put that to bed,” Robins told reporters in the Midlands, in response to the speculation.

“Opportunities will come and opportunities will go, but I’m not going anywhere.

“I’m happy to work here for these supporters and come into work every day with this bunch of players and this board of directors.

“There’s still a lot of work to do, but I want to be a part of that and bring this football club out the other side of a difficult spell.

“I’ve been here for only three months and I’m happy to stay here and try to keep everybody pulling in the right direction.

Robins can now look forward to a Wembley final after his side’s last-gasp 3-2 injury-time JPT northern semi-final win over Preston North End on Thursday night.

The 43-year-old has also guided Coventry to 12th in League One, just five points adrift of the play-off positions, after arriving at the club in September with City perched second from bottom in the table.

The former Manchester United striker’s odds eased to even money yesterday, while the big market mover was Gary Smith, whose Stevenage side go up against Rovers today.

Smith’s odds have quickly shortened to 8/1 after the former Colorado Rapids boss entered the market on Thursday.

Rovers said earlier this week that they will accept applications for the job until Monday before whittling down their shortlist and embarking upon the interview process.

The club, however, are unlikely to make an appointment before next Saturday’s home game with Leyton Orient.