Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has candidly opened up on the toll his domestic abuse case has taken on him and his family.
The Well boss was arrested after being accused of assaulting partner Robyn Lauchlan on Waverley Bridge on 13 December. Robinson denied all charges against him.
He was found not guilty at the Edinburgh Sherriff Court last week. Speaking about the case, Robinson says he is glad to have put the ordeal behind him after a challenging few months.
“Personally the last few months have been very hard,” said Robinson. “It was very stressful for my family and everyone involved in it. But justice has been done and we can draw a line under it.
“The good bit was coming to work and fully concentrating on the team. (Chief executive) Alan Burrows and (chairman) Jim McMahon, the whole board, have been fantastic with myself and my family, and I can’t ask for any more.
“It is a personal issue so I didn’t bring it into the football club, we didn’t talk about it at the football club. I put my brave face on, which you have to. My determination is to reward those people for their loyalty to me and make sure we finish strongly this season.”
Robinson has also expressed his thanks to the Motherwell supporters and the club as a whole. He says that the Fir Park club was the best place to be at to deal with this situation as thanked fans for continually backing him.
“The club have been fantastic, unwavering in their support of me,” he said. “I don’t think that was in any doubt. We have great respect for each other. They seen my work ethic and all the staff’s work ethic. That didn’t change throughout this and there have been numerous reasons why we weren’t winning football matches.
“A weight has been lifted off me personally. I don’t get too emotional but I have to say at Dundee walking down when the crowd were at the back of the stand, it’s very emotional.
“Because you realise how much loyalty the club have to you and hopefully I have shown that in abundance as well. I am more desperate than anyone, believe me, to turn these results around and give them a season to remember.”