Stanley | Accrington Stanley #1 | Football Manager Stories

Joseph Robson was sacked by York City on the 7th May 2016 following a dismal six months in charge. He had a win percentage of just 27%, winning six matches. Nevertheless, Robson set about his search for a new employer within weeks of his dismissal. Guiseley, Welling, Accrington Stanley and Morecambe all offered Robson job interviews, among several others. Robson, however, decided to only attend interview to clubs League Two standard or higher. Rachel Crawford, of The Non-League Paper, spoke to Robson regarding his election not to attend an interview with Guiseley.

“I don’t feel it is the right opportunity for me. I want a chance to prove myself at this level and I don’t think now is the right time to drop down the divisions. York was a great opportunity for me and I didn’t take it. I am hugely disappointed with that.” Joseph Robson

Accrington Stanley come calling

One year has passed since Joseph Robson was sacked by York. In that year Robson has been unable to find work, allowing him to spend more time visiting relatives in Spain and lowering his golf handicap. Sources close to Robson reveal that he was very despondent with the lack of offers from clubs but that he lowered his expectations in order to find work. In early May 2017, Robson applied for the Accrington Stanley job. The club are in a similar position to York the previous summer. Relegated from League Two, Accrington chose to sack their manager and begin the search for his replacement.

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accrington stanley approach robson

Joseph Robson has signed a one year contract with Accrington, beginning in May 2017. Despite fans expecting an immediate bounce back to League Two, the board expect the team to reach the Playoffs. Robson on the other hand is targeting a return to the Football League as champions. He has a big task ahead of him over the summer. He will need to get to know the staff at The Crown Ground before pre-season begins and then get to work evaluating the squad throughout pre-season.

Perhaps an easier challenge ahead for Joseph Robson, but another failure would be disastrous. Will Robson be able to find success with Lancashire-based Accrington? Or will the job prove to be another struggle?


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