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Fresh name comes up in Doncaster’s managerial hunt

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Doncaster Rovers are thought to be targeting Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson as they step up the hunt for their next manager.

The Daily Record report that Rovers are keen to speak to the former Oldham boss, who has helped drive Motherwell forward in the Scottish top-flight of late.

Rovers are searching for a new manager after the surprise defection of Grant McCann to Championship side Hull City.

44-year-old Robinson played much of his football for Bournemouth between 1994 and 2002, later representing Luton Town for a similar period of time. He retired with seven Northern Ireland caps to his name and had a short stint in charge of Oldham before moving north of the border.


In 2018 he guided Motherwell to a cup final double, finishing as runners-up in both the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup. That’s attracted the attention of Rovers, but it’s going to be tough to prise him away as he revealed when quizzed about his future.

“The football club have been very good to me,” he said.

“They have given me an opportunity and I have a brilliant relationship with the board and Alan Burrows, the chief executive.

“It doesn’t always happen at football clubs but the board totally support me at Motherwell and the Chief Executive wants you to do well. Also, I’m very happy with the group of staff I have here.”

It’s believed that Doncaster are hoping to speak to candidates over the next few days. Gillingham boss Steve Evans remains the favourite for the role, with Darren Moore and Richie Wellens also thought to be in the running.

The Verdict

There is little surprise Robinson is being mentioned, he’s done a grand job at Motherwell with many observers believing they’ve over-achieved during his tenure.

The question is would Doncaster be a step up for him? When Jack Ross swapped St Mirren for Sunderland it was a clear leap, but can Robinson gain more by staying at Fir Park? After all, Kilmarnock have made the Europa League this season, something not out of the reach of the Ulsterman with Motherwell.

Or, will a move to England be too much of a lure, knowing that if he’s successful he could catch the eye of a Championship club?

It would be a hard decision to have to make, no matter what the official rhetoric coming from the Irishman is right now.

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