Salford City have decided to appoint ex-MK Dons, Charlton, Oxford manager and Leeds assistant Karl Robinson as their new head coach.
The 43 year old comes in as successor to Neil Wood, who was sacked after a 5-1 defeat to Tranmere Rovers with the club currently sitting 21st in the League Two table with 23 points from 25 games played, five points above the drop zone.
Both Salford and Sutton have a game in hand over 22nd place Colchester, while rock bottom Forest Green have 17 points from 24 games played.
He won promotion to the Championship and saw appearances in the League One playoffs with MK Dons, before featuring in the third tier playoffs two more times with Oxford.
He most recently was as assistant manager to Sam Allardyce at Leeds United in May 2023.
Robinson has a 40.3% win percentage since becoming a manager, taking charge of a total of 694 games.
Welcome to The Ammies, Karl 🦁🔴
Salford City is delighted to announce the appointment of Karl Robinson as Men’s First Team Head Coach 🤝
— Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) January 5, 2024
Salford City is delighted to announce the appointment of Karl Robinson as Men’s First Team Head Coach!
Karl’s arrival at The Peninsula Stadium comes after notable spells in charge at Charlton Athletic, Milton Keynes Dons and Oxford United.
In six seasons with the Dons, Karl won automatic promotion to the Championship and twice reached the League One play-offs, while at Oxford the team qualified for another two play-off campaigns in the third tier of the Football League.
Speaking about the appointment, Salford City CEO Nicky Butt said:
“We are delighted to welcome Karl to Salford City as our new Head Coach. Throughout the interview and appointment process he impressed us with his wealth of knowledge and ability.
“Salford City’s ambition is to play as high up in the Football League as possible so when we entered the recruitment process we felt it was important for us to appoint someone with experience of managing at a higher level, and Karl’s long-term vision for the club, drive and determination excited us”
Karl will start with immediate effect and we look forward to welcoming him to The Peninsula Stadium. Supporters will be able to hear from the new manager later today.
This is how fans reacted as Salford appoint ex-MK Dons, Charlton, Oxford manager and Leeds assistant Karl Robinson as new head coach…
@historysire: He’ll do well 2-3 years. He had some great success at Oxford.
@dikko17: Good appointment, all best Karl, overall sound job at Oxford, two play offs 👍
@DrDance1001: Good Luck Karl. Although it ended badly at Oxford, there were more highs than lows. Genuine passion.
@GazHigg: Good luck Karl, always been impressed when I’ve seen him interviewed. All the best 🦁
@stewilliams81: Now let’s get him some decent players in to work with 🧐
@MikePark65: Excellent coach
@15_dmartin: Quality appointment this.
@jakehodgsonn51: Hell do well in league 2. Attacking coach. Scored so many goals under him. Shame he lost his way in the last season he was with us. Good appointment
@generationalred: Great appointment!
@danp91: Very good appointment this
@Buckinghamball: Good luck Karl 💛 #oufc
@SteveButcher72: I wonder if he’ll come looking at #oufc for some players?? He cant have fallen out with all of them…?? 🤔
@William_Downs_: Better choice than Ryan Giggs, curious to see how he does wouldn’t be surprised if he’s gone by next season 🤣
@ronniemac93: I give it 3 months and @GNev2 sacks him 😂😂
@lukeoufcbodily: Match made in heaven
@ToriesOut2024: Probably best if you rent a property mate….. @GNev2 @Carra23
@pbcarter7: He’ll be getting some money thrown at him this month now
@matthew_j194: I had doubts about their aspirations of what their next appointment would be like but that’s a solid appointment and will most likely do well there.
@phil_g_87: Salford appointing Karl Robinson and Colchester appointing the Cowleys just shows how scared clubs are about getting relegated to the NL. You’d expect both clubs to go for it in the January window and spend some decent coin!
@ZaaanderSmith: Wow what an appointment that is! There is no way out for Forest Green and Sutton now they’re gone.
@loud_MM91: Match made in heaven that 🤢
@jonmitch48: A small manufactured club without a fan base who will be back in the conference north within 5 years.
@footboxing: enjoy your 10 years and 20 transfer windows to build club up fella.. oh no its nev and co… enjoy your 3 week vacation at the club, they dont practice what they preach..
@kbelston: Big coup 👏
@edward_w97: Some seriously impressive managers now at the clubs who are third and fourth bottom of the Football League.
@tomhwilliams23: Really like this appointment from Salford! Robinson’s stock might have fallen, but that’s worked to their advantage; not long ago he was managing top end of L1 Should develop their tactical identity; will be heavily possession based First time he’s managed closer to home too 💪
@caldy003: I would have liked him at Walsall so will be interested to see how he does