Middlesbrough urged to hire 52-year-old who turned down Sunderland


Former Premier League owner Simon Jordan believes Mark Robins could be an inspired replacement for Chris Wilder at Middlesbrough with the Coventry City boss linked with the Riverside role, speaking to talkSPORT (October 5, 11am).

Of all the managers currently linked with the Boro job, Robins is perhaps the one who ticks the most boxes.

Unlike Rob Edwards, who was sacked by Watford after just 11 Championship games, the Robins boast a proven track record in the second tier. Yes, Coventry are enduring a tough start to the new campaign. But it should not be forgotten that they flirted with play-off positions for much of the 2021/22 season; fly high against all expectations.

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The 52-year-old former Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United boss also has promotions on his CV. You can’t say the same about Gary O’Neil; Bournemouth’s inexperienced interim manager and another name on Steve Gibson’s radar.

Middlesbrough eye Mark Robins as Chris Wilder replacement

“One thing I got was feedback about Robins,” explains Jordan, reflecting on discussions he had earlier about taking over at the Ricoh Arena. “(Coventry was unusually keen on him).

“Coventry fans will not be happy (Middlesbrough want the Robins). I think it’s a reasonable appointment. It’s not an orbit-shattering appointment, but it’s reasonable. Coventry were there and there last year when it came to the play-offs.

“They were starting to look like they were getting back together. It would be a blow to them and the last thing Coventry needs. It’s not good news.”

Jordan, the former Crystal Palace owner, believes Robins’ name will jump on the page compared to the other names on Middlesbrough’s wishlist; Edwards and O’Neil.

“Of the three mentioned, apart from Gary O’Neil, the most mature (option) is Mark Robins,” he says.

Interestingly, the former Manchester United Robins striker turned down the chance to replace Jack Ross at Middlesbrough’s north-east neighbors Sunderland three years ago this month.

“Following the approach from Sunderland, the club (Coventry) responded really quickly by offering a new contract. I’m grateful to them for that,” Robins explained at the time. “I had no intention of leaving.

“I am fully committed to this process and this club.” Everyone knows how I feel. I have this club in my heart and I want to continue the progress we have made.”

Coventry fans will be hoping the Robins strike a similar note when Middlesbrough come knocking.

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