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High-flying Robbo the man for NI job when Michael eventually decides to move on

On the up: Motherwell boss, and former NI international, Stephen Robinson
On the up: Motherwell boss, and former NI international, Stephen Robinson
Stephen Craigan

By Stephen Craigan

As an ex-Motherwell player it is heartening when I have a look at the Scottish Premiership table and see my former club sitting in third position.

It's also good to know there's an Ulsterman at the helm in Stephen Robinson.

Stephen has worked his way up the coaching ladder within the Irish FA and it's great to see him thriving. He previously worked in the successful Club NI programme from U16s to U19s. He's also been in charge of the U21s and was on Michael O'Neill's staff at the Euros in 2016.

Having dipped his toe in the water as a manager at a disjointed Oldham Athletic, Stephen is now getting his rewards for putting in the hard yards.

The job he has done at Motherwell shouldn't be underestimated. Every season there's a mass turnover of players; budgets are cut yet he still fulfils the targets set by the club.

He's reached two cup finals during his tenure, brought in around £2 million in transfer fees, promoted young players into the first team and has adapted Motherwell's style of play to a slick eye-catching passing game.

Michael will, of course, eventually leave his post as manager of Northern Ireland one day but I think there's a ready-made replacement.

Remember the name - Stephen Robinson!

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