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Motherwell: Manager Stephen Robinson keen to reward club's loyalty after assault case

31 minutes ago

Motherwell have gone eight matches without victory

Scottish Premiership: Motherwell v Ross County

Venue: Fir Park Stadium, Motherwell Date: Wednesday, 4 March Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

Coverage: Updates on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online & the BBC Sport Scotland website

Stephen Robinson says "a weight has been lifted off me" as he pledged to repay Motherwell for their loyalty throughout his domestic abuse case.

The Motherwell manager was cleared on Friday at Edinburgh Sheriff Court of assaulting partner Robyn Lauchlan on 13 December last year.

Robinson insists the case had no bearing on Motherwell's form, with the club on an eight-game winless run.

"It was very stressful on all my family and everyone involved in it," he said.

"But justice has been done and we can draw a line under it. (Chief executive) Alan Burrows and (chairman) Jim McMahon, the whole board, have been fantastic with myself and my family, and I can't ask for any more.

"I put my brave face on, which you have to. My determination is to reward those people for their loyalty to me and make sure we finish strongly this season."

Robinson admits the backing of the fans was a major boost - especially when they were chanting his name.

"It's been absolutely huge," he said. "I don't get too emotional but I have to say at Dundee walking down when the crowd were at the back of the stand, it's very emotional. I am more desperate than anyone to turn these results around and give them a season to remember."

Motherwell remain third in the Scottish Premiership despite taking just two points from their last six matches, and Robinson says the downturn in results cannot be pinned on the battle to clear his name.

"The club have been fantastic," he said. "They were unwavering in their support for me. They knew what I was doing, they see my work ethic and all the staff's work ethic. That didn't change throughout this.

"There were numerous reasons why we weren't winning - loss of form, suspensions and injuries, and everyone forgot to mention we lost Devante Cole and James Scott, and Chris Long for long periods."

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There is a few comparisons to the Caroline Flack case in here. As tragic as the Flack case was Robbo Didn't smash anyone with an object. Pretty sure no one would be on his side if he did.

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People were saying in this thread that the charge would have had an effect on the team and our recent run, and I was skeptical of that, but there's a real energy about Robbo in his latest press conference that has been lacking lately. I can't imagine the stress involved of potentially being convicted with something like that and the reputation that it comes with, as well as the inevitable job loss. 

 

Hopefully now it's behind him we can kick on and finish strongly. 

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