Millwall are reportedly keen on appointing Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson according to Football Insider, and it could have several knock-on effects at The Den.
Barnsley joined Millwall to become the second manager-less club in the Championship after parting ways with Daniel Stendel this morning.
The German is the second manager in a week to step down from their role after Neil Harris did so from Millwall earlier this month.
A few names have been thrown into contention for the vacant job at The Den and now the Lions along with Barnsley are said to be in for Motherwell’s Stephen Robinson.
The 44-year-old has overseen 129 games in charge of Scottish Premier League side Motherwell, and are enjoying their best season yet under Robinson sitting third in the table, just three points behind Celtic after eight games.
Robinson’s performance this season could well earn him his first job in English football with Millwall, and here are three knock-on effects that the appointment could have for the club.
New formation at The Den
Millwall’s usual set-up under Harris this season was a 4-4-1-1, which is the formation Barrett opted for in their unprecedented win against Leeds at the weekend.
Robinson though sets his Motherwell team up in a 4-3-3. On the road, the formation is sometimes slightly different – Millwall’s 4-4-1-1 has been deployed, so too has a 3-5-2.
He’d likely implement the 4-3-3 at The Den should he be appointed, which would encourage more attacking play at home for Millwall, with a high press putting defenders under pressure.
A midfield mix-up
One player who Robinson may be keen on bringing with him to Millwall is Liam Donnelly. The 23-year-old is Motherwell’s top scorer with four this season and is a defender by trade.
But Robinson has transformed the Northern Irishman into a goal-scoring midfielder who’s already netted four times in seven games.
He could follow Robinson to The Den, and that might worry a few Millwall players. Given his form this season he could easily step into the first-team ahead of Ryan Leonard or Jayson Mulumby in the Millwall midfield.
Smith or Bradshaw?
Both Matt Smith and Tom Bradshaw have lead the line for Millwall this season – the pair have seven goals between them in all competitions.
But there’ll likely be just one starting spot for a forward should Millwall announce Robinson. At Motherwell this season he’s rarely deployed two strikers, preferring the one with either two wingers beside him, or three attacking-midfielder behind him.
That would likely see Tom Bradshaw being dropped for the taller, more target-man-like Matt Smith who’s aerial ability would be better suited to Robinson’s style of play.