Lisburn's Stephen Robinson confirmed as new Morecambe manager

Morecambe have confirmed the appointment of Stephen Robinson on a three year deal.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 2:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 3:04 pm
Motherewell manager Stephen Robinson looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Livingston at Fir Park Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Motherwell, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Robinson departed Motherwell after three and half years at Fir Park in December after he took the club to two Cup finals in one season and also saw his side qualify for the Europa League.

It follows Derek Adams departing The Shrimps to take the vacant job at Bradford City after he helped Morecambe win promotion via the League Two playoffs with Carlos Mendes Gomes scoring an extra-time penalty against Newport County.

2021-22 will be the first time in the clubs history that Morecambe will play above the fourth tier of English football with the Northern Irish man seen as the right man to lead them into it.

Robinson has had a stint of managing in England before as he was previously in the dugout at Oldham Athletic before taking on the Motherwell job.

John McMahon will remain as the club's assistant manager with former Shrimps striker Diarmuid O'Carroll who also spent time with Cliftonville and Crusaders returning to the club as first team coach after working with Robinson successfully at Motherwell.

Speaking to the club's website the Lisburn man 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.''

During his playing career Robinson made 448 appearances and had spells with Tottenham Hotspur, AFC Bournemouth, Preston North End and Luton Town before retiring in 2008.

Robinson will find out his first opponents as Morecambe manager on Thursday June 24 when the EFL releases their fixtures with the new season kicking off on Saturday August 7.