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Robinson delighted at chance to strengthen Motherwell

By Gavin McCafferty

Stephen Robinson will set about trying to keep Motherwell in the top flight after being handed a contract as manager until the end of next season. The Lisburn man - who had been caretaker boss for two games - emerged as the preferred choice from Motherwell's five-man shortlist after a series of interviews.

Robinson only returned to Fir Park as first-team coach last month ahead of Mark McGhee's final match in charge and, though the club embarked on a full recruitment process, a victory over Kilmarnock and a solid performance in a last-gasp 1-0 defeat at Aberdeen helped Robinson's cause.

The 42-year-old said: "First and foremost, the criteria set out is to stay in this division.We found ourselves second bottom when I took over and conceding a lot of goals.

"In the short term we have stopped that but that is only part of the process.

"It's now looking forward and trying to implement what we want to do short term and then, once we get a bit of a solid base to it, improving for next season."

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