Robins set to become new Town boss

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 13/02/2013
Coventry City manager Mark Robins is set to be unveiled as the new manager of Huddersfield Town on Thursday.Robins set to become new Town boss

Town chairman Dean Hoyle made the move for the former Rotherham United and Barnsley manager on Monday but the Sky Blues initially rejected the approach for Robins.

But Robins was keen to talk to Huddersfield Town and it is reported the 43-year old has a clause in his contract that allowed Robins to talk to another club if that clause was met so Coventry have reluctantly let their manager go.

Everyone but Jesus was linked with the Town job names of Nicky Butt, Graeme Jones, Steven Pressley were all linked with first choice amongst Town fans was the former Scunthorpe United and Southampton manager Nigel Adkins.

Rumours are Adkins had rejected Town's approach and is keen to take a break from management and hold out for a bigger club whilst Hoyle said at a local fans' forum that an unnamed manager had put his name forward but wanted the job without having an interview.

Hoyle has identified Robins as an up-and-coming manager with experience having managed at all three divisions outside the Premier League and has experience of working with young players.

Robins has only been at the Rioch Arena for 5 months having taking over in September 2012 when Coventry were in the League One relegation zone but he has turned the Sky Blues into play-off contenders as they currently sit 8th in the league and are one game away from a Johnstone's Paint Trophy final. He has won 17 matches, drawn 6 and lost 10 in 33 since taking over.

Born in 1969 in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Mark Gordon Robins had a playing career spanning 20 years first starting out at Manchester United in 1986. Robins played 48 matches in a 6 year period at United scoring 11 goals and played an important part in United's FA Cup winning side of 1990 scoring the winner against Oldham Athletic in the semi-final.

Of that cup run in 1990 it was Robins' winning goal against Nottingham Forest in the 3rd round that saved Sir Alex Ferguson his job and as they say the rest is history.

In his time at Old Trafford Robins won the Charity Shield, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup before being sold to Norwich City in 1992.

After three years at Norwich he left for Leicester City where he won the League Cup in 1997. Other clubs he played for include Copenhagen (loan), Reading (loan), C.D. Ourense, Panionios, Manchester City (loan), Walsall, Rotherham United, Bristol City (loan), Sheffield Wednesday before finishing in career in 2005 with Burton Albion.

Robins started his non-playing career as assistant manager to Alan Knill at Rotherham United. Knill was sacked in March 2007 with The Millers at the bottom of League One and Robins was put in temporary charge. He was given the job permanently in April of that year but could not halt the slide into League Two.

Robins received much praise for his time with Rotherham. In his first full season only a late dip in form saw Rotherham miss out on the automatic places having been in them for most of that season and the second season also saw a promotion push despite a 17 point deduction by the Football League.

He was poached by Barnsley in September 2009 and kept the Oakwell side in the Championship finishing in 18th place as many critics tipped the South Yorkshire club to be relegated. He left at the end of the 2010/11 season after a disagreement with the Barnsley board of directors over lack of funds.

After more than a year out of management he was appointed Coventry City manager earlier this season.


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