Karl Robinson

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Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-09-13) 13 September 1980 (age 34)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Striker/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons (manager)
Youth career
Everton
Swindon Town
Blackpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Caernarfon Town 13 (0)
2000–2001 Marine 6 (1)
2001 Bamber Bridge 17 (9)
2001–2002 Marine 27 (7)
2002 Oswestry Town 5 (0)
2002 Rhyl 4 (0)
2002–2003 Oswestry Town 26 (5)
2003 Kidsgrove Athletic 23 (4)
2003–2005 Prescot Cables 67 (11)
2005–2006 St Helens Town 11 (1)
2006 Alsager Town 32 (2)
2006–2007 Warrington Town 15 (0)
Total 246 (40)
Teams managed
2010– Milton Keynes Dons
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Karl Robinson (born 13 September 1980) is an English former footballer who is currently manager of Milton Keynes Dons. He joined the Dons on 11 May 2010, aged 29, making him the youngest manager in The Football League.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Liverpool, England, Robinson played for Caernarfon Town, Bamber Bridge, Marine, Oswestry Town, Rhyl, Kidsgrove Athletic, Prescot Cables, St Helens Town, Alsager Town and Warrington Town.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Style of play[edit]

Robinson played as a striker, being described as a "big, powerful centre forward",[3] and later in his career played as a midfielder.[5]

Coaching and management career[edit]

Robinson coached at the Liverpool youth academy and later worked as a coach at Blackburn Rovers. Robinson then joined Paul Ince to Milton Keynes Dons as his assistant manager.

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

2010–present[edit]

[7][8] He was appointed manager of League One team Milton Keynes Dons on 10 May 2010, having previously been the club's assistant manager under previous boss Paul Ince. At 30 years of age, he was the youngest manager at the time in the Football League and former England coach John Gorman was named his number two.[9] At the age of 29, he was also the youngest person to ever acquire a UEFA Pro Licence.[citation needed]

In the 2010–11 season, his first season in charge, Robinson guided MK Dons to fifth place in League One. This was regarded as a good achievement, improving on the Dons' points total over the previous season.[10] The team lost in the playoffs to Peterborough United over two legs.
In the 2011–12 season, he continued making impressive strides, attracting big name players and guiding his side to another 5th place finish and was again in the play-offs. During the season, he signed a 3-year contract extension with the Dons.[11] Robinson masterminded arguably MK Dons greatest victory, a 4-0 win over Manchester United on 26 August 2014.[12]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 13 December 2014
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Milton Keynes Dons England 10 May 2010 Present 247 113 57 77 45.75

List of seasons[edit]

As of 22 February 2014[13][14][15]
  • Cup = FA Cup
  • LC = League Cup
  • FLT = Football League Trophy
  • FLP = Football League Playoffs
Champions Runners-up Third / SF Promoted Unfinished
Season Club Nat Domestic Trophies
League Cup LC FLT FLP
2010–11 Milton Keynes Dons England 5th 3 1R 3R 2R SF 0
2011–12 5th 3 3R 3R 1R SF 0
2012–13 8th 3 5R 3R 1R &
0
2013–14 10th 3 3R 2R 2R &
0

3 Third tier

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Welsh Premier career details for Karl Robinson". Welsh Premier League Football. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Holker Street Newsletter 883". Barrow A.F.C. 3 December 2001. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Host of new players for Kidsgrove". Non-League Daily. 17 July 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "One in – one out at Kidsgrove". Non-League Daily. 7 November 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Robinson coup for Clowes". Non-League Daily. 21 March 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Player profile". Warrington Town F.C. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Liverpool FC co-owners Tom Hicks faces forced takeover of Texas Rangers". Liverpool Echo. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "MK Dons appoint Karl Robinson, 29, as their new manager". Daily Mail. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Dons spring surprise by appointing Robinson as new boss". BBC Sport. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  10. ^ For example, The sports blog: Making progress – Milton Keynes Citizen, 7 April 2011
  11. ^ MK Dons duo Karl Robinson and John Gorman extend dealsBBC Sport, 17 December 2011
  12. ^ Osbourne, Chris (26 August 2014). "Milton Keynes Dons 4-0 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  13. ^ MK Dons League History, Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  14. ^ Mk Dons Cup History, Retrieved 24 February 2014
  15. ^ Mk Dons League & Cup History, Retrieved 23 February 2014.