In­ter­est in Robin­son is sim­ply ‘a com­pli­ment to his play­ers’

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football - By AL­I­SON McCON­NELL

STEPHEN ROBIN­SON in­sists he has had no rea­son to dis­cuss spec­u­la­tion over his fu­ture with his Mother­well play­ers. With his team sit­ting third in the Pre­mier­ship, the Fir Park boss has be­come a con­tender for the man­age­rial va­can­cies at Hearts and Hiber­nian. How­ever, the 44-year-old, who saw de­fender De­clan Gal­lagher called up by Scot­land this week, be­lieves it should be the play­ers who take the credit for him be­ing linked with other clubs. And he says he is too busy plan­ning for Sun­day’s daunt­ing trip to Celtic Park to talk to them about any po­ten­tial in­ter­est in his ser­vices from else­where. ‘I think it’s a com­pli­ment to the play­ers.’ he said. ‘I don’t go on the pitch. I set them up and my staff set them up. They are do­ing very well and get­ting in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion, with De­clan Gal­lagher called up, Liam Don­nelly and

Trevor Car­son called up (to the North­ern Ire­land squad) and our younger boys in the Un­der-21s squad. ‘It’s not just me. It’s the play­ers and the staff here that are mak­ing it work. ‘I don’t need to ad­dress it (the spec­u­la­tion) with the play­ers. There has been noth­ing, so there is no need to add fuel to a fire that isn’t there. It’s hard enough to do my own job with­out wor­ry­ing about any­thing else. I don’t need to block it out be­cause noth­ing has changed. I am fo­cused on try­ing to get a re­sult on Sun­day. That is hard enough but you take your eye off the ball and you feel the wrath of foot­ball.’ Mean­while, Robin­son could find him­self part of a man­age­rial merry-go-round if North­ern Ire­land boss Michael O’Neill quits for Stoke City fol­low­ing an of­fi­cial ap­proach from the English club. For­mer North­ern Ire­land No 2 Robin­son and St Johnstone’s Tommy Wright would be­come can­di­dates to re­place him.

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