Scunthorpe United have today confirmed the appointment of Mark Robins as their new manager, after parting company with Russ Wilcox last week.
The Iron Tweeted:
Mark Robins, officially unveiled today as the new manager of Scunthorpe United. pic.twitter.com/eXzZcOELV0
— Scunthorpe United FC (@SUFCOfficial) October 13, 2014
Wilcox was sacked last week after losing 8 of Scunthorpe’s opening 11 games (whilst he was at the club), a points haul that has left them in the relegation zone. Wilcox was the man who orchestrated Scunthorpe’s record breaking unbeaten run in League Two last season, a run that no doubt influenced their promotion into the third tier of English football. In a statement regarding the termination of Wilcox’s, and his assistant’s contract, the club said,
“The club would like to place on record their thanks to Russ and John for their efforts, but in particular to Russ for leading the Iron into League One.”
New boss, Mark Robins, told the media,
“First and foremost, I’m delighted. I watched the game on Saturday and was very encouraged with what I saw.”
On this season, Robins said,
“Every job is a different challenge. But saying that, it’s the same challenge, we have to start picking points up.”
Peter Swann, chairman of Scunthorpe United FC, commented,
“It’s a three year deal. There’s protection in there for the club and there’s protection for Mark as well.”
Robins’ first game in charge will be at the weekend, when Scunthorpe play host to Colchester United.
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