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‘What a snake, he’s done us over’ – Morecambe manager quits for another club

Morecambe manager Stephen Robinson quits for another club and the decision means the club are now looking for a third boss in under a year.

The Shrimps “reluctantly” gave St Mirren permission to speak to the manager on Monday about the vacancy at the Scottish Premiership club.

The 47-year-old had signed a three-year contract with newly promoted Morecambe in June, six months after ending a three-year spell with Motherwell.

Robinson comes in at St Mirren to replace to Jim Goodwin, who has joined Aberdeen.

Morecambe currently sit fourth bottom in League One, and again on the search for a new manager – maybe Derek Adams’ who left the club for Bradford last summer, is going contacted after being sacked by the Bantams last week..

MORECAMBE STATEMENT:

Morecambe Football Club can confirm that Manager Stephen Robinson has left the Mazuma Stadium to join St. Mirren.

This comes after the Club gave St. Mirren permission to speak to Stephen on Monday 21 February.

Assistant Manager Diarmuid O’Carroll also departs and will join Stephen at the cinch Premiership side.

We would like to thank Stephen and Diarmuid for their work since joining the Club in June 2021.

Barry Roche will take charge of Tuesday night’s game against Rotherham United, with the process of appointing a new manager now underway.

ST MIRREN STATEMENT:

St Mirren Football Club is delighted to confirm that Stephen Robinson is our new manager.

Stephen has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club – joining from English League One Morecambe FC.

He will be joined by Morecambe first-team coach Diarmuid O’Carroll who becomes his assistant manager.

Stephen will be joined by assistant Diarmuid O’Carroll.

A well-known face in Scottish Football, Stephen is best remembered for a three-year spell at fellow cinch Premiership side Motherwell where he was manager for 169 matches. At Motherwell, he reached the League and Scottish Cup finals in 2017/18 and achieved a third-place finish in the 2019/20 season which secured Europa League football for the Steelmen.

As well as Motherwell and Morecambe, Stephen also spent time as manager of Oldham Athletic.

As a player, he made 448 appearances in spells at Tottenham, AFC Bournemouth, Preston North End and Luton Town as well as being capped seven times for Northern Ireland.

On his appointment, Stephen said: “It’s an absolute honour that St Mirren have come in and were willing to pay the compensation.

“It came out of the blue and when I spoke to the guys at the club it really impressed me what they are trying to do.

“We spoke in-depth about where we can take the club and there’s real exciting times ahead.

“With the foundations that have already been built by Jim [Goodwin] it’s up to me to take them on and build on what’s already been done.”

St Mirren Chief Executive Tony Fitzpatrick said: “We are all delighted to welcome Stephen as the new manager of St Mirren.

“Stephen fits the profile of what we are looking for in a manager.

“He has great experience of the Scottish game and had good success on the park with Motherwell which saw him reach the finals of both the League and Scottish Cups as well a third-place finish and qualification for the Europa League.

“Stephen also did a tremendous job of developing young players at Motherwell which was an important consideration for us with the St Mirren Youth Academy one of the main pillars of our football club.

“We would like to thank Morecambe FC for their co-operation in getting this deal completed.”

St Mirren Chairman John Needham said: “We are excited to name Stephen as our new manager.

“At such a vital stage of the season it was crucial that we moved quickly to get the best candidate in place, and we are thrilled to welcome Stephen to the club.

“The board of directors must give great credit to Tony Fitzpatrick who ensured there were a number of great options for us to consider following Jim Goodwin’s departure.”

Twitter users reacted as the Morecambe manager quits for another club, see what they said below…

@PJSky6: About right and good riddance! Might actually get a manager who promotes ‘defensive mindfulness’ ahead of the gung-ho. Might even stay in League 1 now!

@swaz_15: Oh fuck off

@andrew_wood: Good luck in your future role Robbo, i wish you all the best and thanks for the memories. 🐀🐍

@ScottCarter97: I hope he stubs his toe every day for the rest of his life

@JCrook93: Good riddance

@KevSimmonds: Let’s see what happens when they come to the NYS tonight #rufc the visitors might be well up for it!

@Stu_Rob_Rae: And they say there’s no loyalty in football…

@JamesL0996: He’s left with no credibility

@BuckleDill: Never listening to Baccara again

@georgemarshhh: I’m never fuckin boogieing again

@anita2203: Thought he was doing a good for them. Interesting to see who they have lined up to replace him

@DrfcMike: Could do us a few favours this #drfc

@iamtylercarter: Fully believed he was in it for the long haul. Speaks a good game and wouldn’t have any grievances if this was at the end of the season. Who’s got the eggs, broadway bridge at 10

@crozzers91: What a Shithouse leaving at this stage off season!!

@RCorless33: The next appointment at Morecambe is more vital than ever with a huge relegation battle to navigate.

@ftfcknappers: The worse thing that could happen, Grayson gets the job and keeps them up over us 😂

@stormcloud25: Bitterly disappointed but wish them well. Always find it odd that football managers/players are berated for taking the offer a better paid job elsewhere, when it’s normal practice in any other occupation. Good luck to Barry Roche tonight and going forward.

@MartinJAtherton: Manager snaking bounce tonight from them please

@CallCrookes: I never want to hear “I can boogie” ever again.

@BwfcFans: Couldn’t have happened to a nicer club

@CRparker88: Put us in a relegation scrap and jumps the 1st chance he gets, no credibility from me, good riddance robbo. You talk a good game but that’s about it.

@KennySeniorBWFC: Anyone in the right mind would of jumped ship

@TheDB30: Can’t blame him. The opportunity to manage in the Cinch era of Scottish football is too good to pass up.

@sorton66: Bottler, good luck guys in your search UTS

@leftwardcargos: Got to feel for Morecambe. Doubt this does their hopes of staying up any good.

@harry_statter: Usually would wish all the best but I hope you fail 👍🏼🐀

@Tom85484904: don’t blame him tbf

@blandy66: Gutted he’s gone at this stage of the season. Just like to put it out there if Bentley comes back I’ll not be going to watch his brand of football that kept me away the last 8 years.

@carlayoung3451: Wasnt very long there was he

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