Buddies make move

St Mirren splash the cash to land Robinson as boss

Stephen Robinson
Deal: Stephen Robinson (pic: SNS Group

St Mirren have named Stephen Robinson as their new manager after agreeing a six-figure compensation package with English League One side Morecambe.

The Buddies had been searching for a new boss following Jim Goodwin’s exit to take over at Aberdeen and targeted the 47-year-old former Motherwell chief.

During three years at Fir Park, Robinson guided The Steelmen to two cup finals and into the Europa League qualifiers.

The Buddies are believed to have received a fee in the region of £250,00 from Aberdeen after the Dons triggered a release clause in Goodwin’s contract, money which has allowed them to lure Robinson back to the Premiership just over a year after he left Motherwell.

The Northern Irishman only took charge of Morecambe in the summer but replaces Goodwin with St Mirren keen to secure qualification for European football this season. He brings Diarmuid O’Carroll with him as his assistant.

“It’s an absolute honour that St Mirren have come in and were willing to pay the compensation,” said Robinson.

“It came out of the blue and when I spoke to the guys at the club it really impressed me what they are trying to do.

“We spoke in-depth about where we can take the club and there’s real exciting times ahead. With the foundations that have already been built by Jim it’s up to me to take them on and build on what’s already been done.”

St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick said: “Stephen fits the profile of what we are looking for in a manager.

“He has great experience of the Scottish game and had good success on the park with Motherwell which saw him reach the finals of both the League and Scottish Cups as well a third-place finish and qualification for the Europa League.

“Stephen also did a tremendous job of developing young players at Motherwell which was an important consideration for us with the St Mirren Youth Academy one of the main pillars of our football club.

“We would like to thank Morecambe FC for their co-operation in getting this deal completed.”

Robinson’s first game in charge will be tomorrow night against Dundee at Dens Park, where victory would send the Buddies into fourth place in the table.

Steven Naismith, now a youth coach at Hearts, had been linked with the vacant post, while ex-Hibs boss Jack Ross and Aberdeen player-coach Scott Brown were also reported to be among those interesting the Paisley board.

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