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