Stephen Robinson has been named as manager of newly-promoted English League One club Morecambe as the former Motherwell boss returns to football.

The Northern Irishman – who featured prominently for Bournemouth and Luton Town in his playing career – enjoyed a fruitful spell at Fir Park after arriving as manager in 2017, having previously served as assistant. He guided the club to a third place finish and two cup finals in his ‘Well stint, making millions in player sales.

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Former Bournemouth and Motherwell man Stephen Robinson is back. (Photo by Euan Cherry / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Robinson left in December 2020 and has been linked with several posts since leaving the Scottish Premiership. But Robinson says the Morecambe job is appealing, his new club just promoted to League One under former ‘Well player Derek Adams: “I am delighted to have agreed to become the manager of Morecambe FC.

“I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead. I have been very impressed with the club and everyone involved in the process. We are looking to build on last season’s successful promotion campaign and look to firmly establish the club in league One. There is a lot of work in terms of recruitment in the coming weeks and getting us prepared for the club’s first season in League One.”

Diarmuid O’Carroll joins Robinson at Morecambe after coaching with Motherwell. Morecambe joint-chairman Rod Taylor said: “We are delighted that Stephen has agreed to join us for our first season in League One. We had a number of quality applicants but we were especially impressed by Stephen’s dynamism.

“His plans for the club and his contacts and we believe he will take the club forward. He has an excellent reputation and we are looking forward to working with him as we plan for an historic season.”

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