Stephen Robinson appointed Motherwell manager until May 2018
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 15/03/17 5:44pm
Motherwell appointed Stephen Robinson as their permanent manager on a deal which runs until May 2018.
Robinson assumed the managerial role on am interim basis when Mark McGhee was sacked on February 28 following a run of four successive defeats
Since taking over, the 42-year-old former Northern Irish international won his first match as interim manager at Kilmarnock but lost to Aberdeen at the weekend. Motherwell are currently tenth in the Scottish Premiership table, just three points above the relegation play-off place.
Robinson's first home match in charge will come on Saturday when the Steelmen host St Johnstone at Fir Park.
Speaking about his appointment, Robinson said: "I am absolutely delighted and proud to lead this football club, a club with a rich history in the Scottish game. It's a great place to be with great people with a support that deserve success.
"My mission from the board is absolutely clear. Firstly, to ensure the team have a strong finish to the SPFL Premiership season and finish as high as we possibly can between now and May.
"Then, to help shape the club going forward with a strong emphasis on hard-work, discipline and a real passion and desire for Motherwell FC that the fans can get behind and be proud of."
Robinson is very familiar with Motherwell, having worked as assistant manager under McGhee from February 2015 until last summer, when he left for a spell at Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League One before returning in January.
He now becomes the 24th different manager to lead Motherwell in the club's 131-year history.
Club chairman Jim McMahon added: "We are extremely pleased Stephen has taken the role of manager and we look forward to working with him in the future.
"It was clear that Stephen was the outstanding candidate. He has a real vision of what the club needed in the short, medium and long-term and a plan of how he would implement it.
"His values, skills and attributes matched exactly with the criteria we developed to be the manager of this football club and we wish him every success. I would ask our fantastic supporters to get behind Stephen and the players as we aim to finish the campaign strongly."