02 Mar Well boss Stephen Robinson reserves praise for ‘positive person’ Charles Dunne
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson feels reassured that his quest to bring the right characters to the club has been a success following Charles Dunne’s selfless actions this week.
After Motherwell’s game against Aberdeen was postponed on Wednesday, the former Oldham defender spent the afternoon driving about in his 4×4 vehicle in heavy snow and picking up pedestrians and dropping them off at their homes.
Robinson made sure he did his background research on his players’ personalities before engaging on a major recruitment drive last summer in order to create the right atmosphere at Fir Park, and he knew Dunne would fit in from their spell together at Boundary Park.
Robinson said: “It’s reflective of his personality. Charles is a really nice person, a really positive person. He would do anything to help others.
“When we bring new players in here, Dunney is one of the first to put his arm round them and make them welcome. I think we have got a group of boys like that here.
“I saw it on social media, so he is quite popular at the minute. But it was a nice gesture and it’s nice to help people out.
“I worked with Charles before and he had bad injury problems and people sort of ruled him out. I gave him a chance, I brought him in at Oldham and he struggled with another injury. So he is repaying a bit of faith I had in him at the minute.
“But he is a great boy and he epitomises what we have around this place – very good people who want to work as hard as they possibly can to make Motherwell a success.”
Robinson has also been cheered by the response of staff and supporters to the extreme weather as they pull out all the stops to ensure Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final against Hearts goes ahead.
With the pitch deemed fit to play on, volunteers have been helping clear snow from the areas in and around Fir Park.
Robinson, who is “quietly confident” the match will go ahead, said: “It’s fantastic. It says a lot about the club, and I think it’s the same for most football clubs.
“People don’t get recognised but they will do anything to make sure the boys get out on the pitch. We certainly appreciate that here.
“When you see the girls from the office out with shovels and people pushing people up the road, it probably sends a message out about what we have got here.
“We have got good people and we try and bring in good players to match that as well.”
Like most clubs in Scotland, Motherwell were forced to have a day off on Thursday but they were back training indoors at Ravenscraig on Friday.
“I think if anything it freshens us up even more,” Robinson said. “Hearts had a game in midweek which I went to watch. So we are going into the game nice and fresh.
“We have made sure we gave them the right amount of work that they weren’t a bit sloppy. They are not going to lack fitness or organisation.”