After a playing career that started at Spurs and took in long spells at Bournemouth and Luton Town, Stephen Robinson moved into coaching with the Northern Ireland youth teams. He soon gained a reputation as a top coach and was appointed first team coach under Michael O’Neill, helping the Northern Irish to reach the 2016 European Championship finals.
In club football, Robinson joined Scottish Premier League side Motherwell as assistant manager in February 2015. After a stint as manager of Oldham Athletic, he returned to Motherwell in February 2017 as Mark McGhee’s first team coach. Following McGhee’s departure, he was appointed manager in March 2017.
In his first full season in charge at Fir Park, he guided the club to the final of the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup. This was the first time the club had appeared in both domestic finals since the 1950-51 season. He also led the club to a third place finish in the Scottish Premiership in 2020 and qualification for Europe.