3 years ago Joseph Robson had been relegated from League Two with York City, who then proceeded to sack him. Without a job for a year, things were looking bleak for the young manager. Accrington Stanley took a chance on Robson having been relegated to the National League. It is a decision that, two years later, is looking set to be a defining moment in the history of the club.
From Relegated to Rejuvenated: Joseph Robson
Accrington have corrected their defensive woes from earlier in the season, finishing with 10 clean sheets out of 13 matches. Robson has lead The Reds to 5th place on their return to the Football League. Club chairman Peter Marsden spoke to Anne Cummins of BBC Radio Lancashire.
“Joseph has demonstrated his managerial qualities over the past two seasons at our club. We are on the verge of successive promotions with a young and talented squad. Our critics said that we took a very big risk in hiring Joseph after his failure at York City, but having met him in person and heard his ideology on football we decided that he was the only man for the job. I very much hope that our partnership with Joe can continue for a very long time.” Peter Marsden.
It appears to be a coming of age for young manager Robson. With the playoff looming, can he surpass expectations and reach League One with Accrington?
Joe Powell and Marcus Edwards are both ruled out of the playoffs through injury. The centre midfield duo have been instrumental in the success of The Reds this year and will be a huge miss for the team. Reports suggest that Otis Khan may be in with a shout of coming into the side, but how Robson will cope with this blow is yet unknown.