Northern Ireland coach Stephen Robinson takes up assistant manager role at Motherwell

New Motherwell assistant manager Stephen Robinson
New Motherwell assistant manager Stephen Robinson

Northern Ireland coach Stephen Robinson has been appointed as assistant manager of Scottish Premiership side Motherwell.

Robinson – who has been working with Michael O’Neill’s international side since last September – will continue in this role whilst at Fir Park.

The 40-year-old – who won seven senior caps for his country – has been working within the Irish FA’s Elite Development Programme since January last year.

Robinson – who will officially take up his new post with Motherwell on Monday – said: “I look forward to getting started and working with both the staff and players at Motherwell.

“It is a really exciting prospect and as soon as Ian (Baraclough) approached me, I was absolutely desperate to get involved. I’ve only heard great things about the club. Obviously, the first challenge is to try and ensure we push ourselves up the table as quickly as possible and I will do everything I can to assist in that target.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Irish FA, thank them for all they have done for me and look forward to continuing to work with the senior squad in the coming months and years.”

Motherwell boss Baraclough added: “Steve is a fantastic coach and we are absolutely delighted to have him on board. When I was between jobs I took it upon myself to watch as many different sessions as I could, and was hugely impressed the times I watched Steve in action.

“He’s a very modern, forward-thinking coach and I am sure the lads will love working with him.”

Robinson enjoyed a playing career with clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient, Bournemouth, Preston North End, Bristol City and Luton Town over a 15-year period.

When he retired from playing, he joined the Irish Football Association and was appointed as the Northern Ireland Under-21 team manager on a short-term basis. He was then confirmed as manager of the Under-19 and Under-17 teams. A re-jig of the underage coaching set-ups saw him take charge of the Under 21s too.

In early 2014 he stepped down from his role with the Under-21s to work within the Irish FA’s Elite Development Programme. He retained his post as Under-17s manager and also took charge of the Under-16 Schoolboys side.

In September 2014 he also joined-up with the Northern Ireland senior squad set-up as a coach.