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Making plans: Stephen Robinson is staying at Well
Making plans: Stephen Robinson is staying at Well

By Andy Newport

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has signed a two-year contract extension.

Robinson and assistant Keith Lasley have committed their futures at Fir Park until the summer of 2022.

Robinson, who led Well to two cup finals in his first full season, said: "The club have been very good with me and we all feel we can keep pushing the club forward.

"We work within certain parameters, but we feel we have had relative success in achieving our goals. I'm delighted to be staying."

The pair had been contracted until next summer, with Robinson having taken charge in 2017 and been joined by Lasley later that year.

Under the 44-year-old from Lisburn, Motherwell have reached two cup finals and finished ninth, seventh and eighth in the Scottish Premiership.

Since his appointment in March 2017, former Northern Ireland player and coach Robinson has taken charge of more than 100 games as Motherwell boss.

He was joined in the dugout by Lasley in the summer of 2017, with the former Motherwell player retiring after 481 matches as a player.

In the 2018/19 season, 8,181 minutes were given to players aged under 21 produced by the club's academy, more than any other club in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Chairman Jim McMahon said: "The board is delighted both Stephen and Keith have extended their contracts at the club.

"We set clear targets for the management of our football club. Firstly, we ask them to put out a competitive team on the park every weekend.

"We also ask that they recruit and improve players, and marry that with developing and progressing our own young talent from the academy into the first team.

"Effective player trading is also a big part of any football club. But for our fan-owned and fan-funded club, it is vital.

"Both of them have pushed tirelessly to achieve those goals and we are delighted with what they have accomplished so far.

"They have created a true culture at our club of hard work and continual improvement, an ethic that is evident in everyone they come into contact with.

"We are excited to work closely with them as they continue their efforts for the betterment of Motherwell Football Club going forward."

Assistant manager Lasley added: "I'm obviously very happy to be continuing with the club. I've had a long association with Motherwell and I'm delighted to be able to continue working here.

"I've learned a lot with the manager as I continue my development as a coach, and I'm grateful for the opportunity."

Meanwhile, Gordon Strachan has been confirmed as Dundee's new technical director.

The former Scotland and Celtic manager had been in talks with the club for a number of weeks over a role that would allow him to utilise his ideas and passion for developing young players.

A club statement read: "In his role at Dundee, he will focus on helping the club develop the best young players that we can while working closely with head of academy Stephen Wright and the other coaches in the academy set up.

"His knowledge, experience and contacts in the game will be a huge asset to the academy structure at the club."

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