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Morecambe appoint ex-Tottenham, Luton, Preston, Bournemouth player as manager

Morecambe have chosen to appoint ex-Tottenham, Luton, Preston, Bournemouth player as manager with a deal agreed according to reports.

Former Motherwell and Oldham boss Stephen Robinson will be linking up with the newly promoted club, Football Insider understands.

The 46-year-old has been in talks with the Shrimps since Derek Adams quit in midweek to take over at League Two outfit Bradford City.

A Morecambe source first told the reliable website Football Insider that Robinson was in line to be appointed by the new League One in the coming days – with betting sites suspending the market relating to the vacancy.

Adams stepped down as Shrimps boss last week, just days after guiding the club to promotion via the playoffs.

He watched on at Wembley as an extra-time penalty from Carlos Mendes Gomes saw Morecambe defeat Newport County.

On Thursday (3rd June), the club released a statement confirming Adams was stepping down to “pursue an opportunity elsewhere”.

Later that day he was confirmed as the new Bradford City boss, taking over from Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars.

Robinson has been out of work since resigning as Motherwell boss on New Year’s Eve, after being appointed as the Well’s manager in March 2017 after initially joining the club as a first team coach in February 2017.

This was his second spell at the Scottish Premiership club as he worked as assistant manager to Ian Baraclough in 2015.

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During the 2017/18 campaign he led Motherwell to the final of both the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup.

However, his side was beaten by Celtic on both occasions.

Before his second time at Motherwell, Robinson was given the manager’s job at Oldham Athletic in July 2016.

He only lasted a few months in the role as he was replaced by John Sheridan in January 2017.

As a player, Robinson made over 200 appearances for both Bournemouth and Luton Town.


Youth career
1991–1993 – Tottenham Hotspur

Senior career
1993–1994 – Tottenham Hotspur – 2 games (0 goals)
1994 → Leyton Orient (loan)
1994–2000 – Bournemouth – 241 games (52 goals)
2000–2002 – Preston North End – 24 games (1 goal)
2002 → Bristol City (loan) – 6 games (1 goal)
2002–2008 – Luton Town – 185 games (8 goals)
Total – 458 games (62 goals)

National team
1989 – Northern Ireland U16 – 1 game (0 goals)
1991 – Northern Ireland U18 – 2 games (1 goal)
1994 – Northern Ireland U21 – 1 game (0 goals)
1994–1998 – Northern Ireland B – 4 games (1 goal)
1997–2007 – Northern Ireland – 7 games (0 goals)


Oldham Athletic – 9 July 2016 until 12 January 2017 – 33 games, 7 wins, 11 draws, 15 defeats, 21.2 win %
Motherwell – 28 February 2017 until 31 December 2020 – 169 games, 71 wins, 30 draws, 68 defeats, 42.0 win %
Total – 202 games, 78 wins, 41 draws, 83 defeats, 38.6 win %


Morecambe FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Robinson as first team manager.

The 46-year-old joins the club on a three year deal after spending a successful three and a half years at Motherwell, leading the Steelmen to two Cup finals in one season and a top three finish which also brought Europa League football to the club.

Robinson made 448 appearances during his playing career and had spells with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, AFC Bournemouth, Preston North End and Luton Town before hanging up his boots in 2008. He also played seven times for the Northern Ireland national team.

He first joined Motherwell as their assistant manager six years ago under Ian Baraclough and also held the same role with the Northern Ireland national team alongside that.

After a spell as manager at Oldham Athletic he returned to Motherwell before taking over as boss.

Stephen said: “I am delighted to have agreed to become the manager of Morecambe FC and I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“I have been very impressed with the club and everyone involved in the process. We are looking to build on last season’s successful promotion campaign and look to firmly establish the club in League One.

“There is a lot of work in terms of recruitment in the coming weeks and getting us prepared for the club’s first season in League One.”

Morecambe joint chairman, Rod Taylor said: “We are delighted that Stephen has agreed to join us for our first season in League One.

“We had a number of quality applicants but we were especially impressed by Stephen’s dynamism, his plans for the club and his contacts and we believe he will take the club forward.

“He has an excellent reputation and we are looking forward to working with him as we plan for an historic season.”

Fellow Joint Chairman, Graham Howse, added: “We went on record that we wanted to move quickly on this appointment and we have every confidence in Stephen putting a strong squad together for life in League One.”

John McMahon will remain as the club’s assistant manager with former Shrimps striker Diarmuid O’Carroll returning to the club as first team coach after working with Robinson successfully at Motherwell.


Fans reacted with Morecambe to appoint an ex-Tottenham, Luton, Preston, Bournemouth player as their new manager…

@aaron_challoner: This is a perfect appointment for the Shrimps. He was definitely someone highly reported to have been in for the Rovers job before Wellens was appointed, but this could be the start of something special

@JCrook93: Bloody hell hes fit

@PromMusic: After losing our Morecambe FC manager Derek Adams, we’re going to be in the hands of Stephen Robinson for our first ever season in League 1. It’s going to be a tough season ahead but there’s no doubt that it’s going to be exciting.

@mark42swfc: Great appointment 👍

@georgemarshhh: ANNOUNCE @J_O_Sully18

@Swedish_Zac: Welcome to best team in League 1 🦐❤️🦐

@pieman80: Was linked to town #stfc

@olivermagilll: HELLLOOOOOOO ROBBO

@cllrdclifford: Welcome to the club gaffer, all the best, we’ve got your back COYS

@Del1589: Good appointment for Morecambe, wish Robbo all the best there

@vlilEth: Happy with that, easy to work into the chants

@ScottCarter97: Robbo’s beautiful reds 😍😍

@Steffmcd80: Good luck to robbo at morecambe

@HarrisonRey88: Steve Robbo’s barmy army

@jswindle29: Premier league by the end of the 3 years 😍😍

@joeshaw965: We’re fucking going up

@W179_: Good appointment that

@YTKaen: Bloomin heck that’s a class appointment tbf

@Grantkunta13: That’s actually a decent appointment 👏

@Alfats69: Reeks of League 1 Champions this

@joeshaw965: Announce promotion

@iamtylercarter: Robbo’s league 1 shrimps 🥰 fucking Coys

@ben_dobson710: 🔝🔜 robbo’s barmy army

@BTaylxr99: Suits the red and white 😍

@bfcalfie04: Good appointment that

@HDavies1804: Shrewd appointment this. Did a very decent job at Motherwell on a limited budget.

@ftblmill: Fucking hell that’s a decent appointment fair play

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