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Robinson ready to go

By March 16, 2017No Comments

New Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson aims to hit the ground running after being handed the reins on a long-term basis.

Robinson has been in charge for two games as caretaker boss after returning to Fir Park as first-team coach last month following a six-month spell in charge of Oldham.

The 42-year-old was previously assistant to Ian Baraclough and Mark McGhee – as well as Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill – and he feels continuity can help the 10th-placed club move further away from the Ladbrokes Premiership bottom two.

“I suppose it gives me a little bit of an advantage,” said Robinson, who was named permanent manager on Wednesday. “At Oldham you don’t know the players, you don’t know the staff, you don’t know the background of what’s been going on. It gives me a little bit of a head-start to it already.

“I know the vast majority of the players really well and I know what’s needed.”

Robinson feels stepping up to the job should not be a problem.

“I took a lot of the training with both previous managers, they both let me take a lot of the stuff,” he said. “I’m used to that.

“I dealt with plenty of issues at Oldham and you soon learn very quickly on the job. I don’t see a problem with that.

“Not loads will change from what I have done in the last two weeks. We tried to put a structure in place where we are hard to beat and stop conceding goals, and we continue to do that to make sure we stay in this division.”

Robinson, who has signed a contract until the end of next season, added: “I’m delighted that it’s sorted now and we can move forward, (more) importantly make sure we put results on the table. But to be working for this club and to be in charge of it is a great honour for me.

“It’s got great history and tradition and, as I’ve said numerous times, there is a lot of good people around our football club that we owe performances to.”