Karl Robinson

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Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson (cropped).jpg
Robinson as manager of Milton Keynes Dons in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-09-13) 13 September 1980 (age 39)[1]
Place of birth Rainhill, England
Playing position(s) Striker / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Oxford United (manager)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Caernarfon Town 13 (0)
2000–2001 Marine
2001 Bamber Bridge
2001–2002 Marine
2002 Oswestry Town 5 (0)
2002 Rhyl 4 (0)
2002–2003 Oswestry Town 26 (5)
2003 Kidsgrove Athletic
2003–2005 Prescot Cables
2005–2006 St Helens Town
2006 Alsager Town
2006–2007 Warrington Town
Total 48 (5)
Teams managed
2010–2016 Milton Keynes Dons
2016–2018 Charlton Athletic
2018– Oxford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Karl Robinson (born 13 September 1980) is an English professional football manager and former player who is the manager of League One club Oxford United.

Playing career[edit]

Robinson was born in Rainhill, Merseyside.[2] He played for Caernarfon Town, Bamber Bridge, Marine, Oswestry Town, Rhyl, Kidsgrove Athletic, Prescot Cables, St Helens Town, Alsager Town and Warrington Town.[1][3][4][5][6][7]

Style of play[edit]

Robinson played as a striker, being described as a "big, powerful centre forward",[4] and later in his career played as a midfielder.[6]

Coaching and management career[edit]

Robinson coached at the Liverpool youth academy and later worked as a coach at Blackburn Rovers.

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

He was appointed manager of League One club Milton Keynes Dons on 10 May 2010, having previously been the club's assistant manager under previous boss Paul Ince.[8] At 29 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]

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.[citation needed]

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 EFL Cup win over Manchester United on 26 August 2014,[12] as well as leading the Dons to promotion to the Championship for the first time, finishing as runners-up in League One.[citation needed]

On 20 July 2015, Robinson signed a contract extension at the Dons along with the club's Head of Coaching, Richie Barker. However, MK Dons did not publicise the length of either deals.[13] Robinson's MK Dons suffered relegation from The Championship during the 2015–16 season, with MK Dons finishing in 23rd position.

On 23 May 2016, it was revealed that Robinson had turned down an offer from Massimo Cellino to become Leeds United's Head Coach.[14]

On 23 October 2016, MK Dons released a statement saying that Robinson had been relieved of his duties following the 3–0 defeat to Southend United the previous day which took the club's winless run to four games.[15]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Robinson was named the new Charlton Athletic manager on 24 November 2016 following the sacking of Russell Slade, taking full charge of the club from Monday 28 November 2016.[16] He departed by mutual consent on 22 March 2018.[17]

Oxford United[edit]

On 22 March 2018, Robinson was appointed as the new head coach of League One club Oxford United, joining on the same day as his departure from Charlton Athletic. He signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club,[18] extended to 2022 in August 2019.[19]

In December 2019, Robinson was charged by the Football Association for using abusive language to a match official.[20]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 July 2020
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
Milton Keynes Dons 10 May 2010 23 October 2016 346 147 81 118 042.5 [21]
Charlton Athletic 28 November 2016 22 March 2018 74 27 21 26 036.5 [16][18][22]
Oxford United 22 March 2018 Present 121 49 35 37 040.5 [21]
Total 541 223 137 181 041.2


As a manager[edit]

Milton Keynes Dons



  1. ^ a b "WPL career details for Karl Robinson". Welsh Premier League Football. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  2. ^ Lusby, Jack (25 September 2019). "Liverpool aim to end League Cup apathy on anniversary of Harvey Elliott's record debut". This is Anfield. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Holker Street Newsletter 883". Barrow A.F.C. 3 December 2001. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Host of new players for Kidsgrove". Non-League Daily. 17 July 2003. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012.
  5. ^ "One in – one out at Kidsgrove". Non-League Daily. 7 November 2003. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Robinson coup for Clowes". Non-League Daily. 21 March 2006. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Player profile". Warrington Town F.C. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Liverpool FC co-owners Tom Hicks faces forced takeover of Texas Rangers". Liverpool Echo. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  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 deals – BBC Sport, 17 December 2011
  12. ^ Osbourne, Chris (26 August 2014). "Milton Keynes Dons 4–0 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  13. ^ Karl Robinson: MK Dons manager signs new contract  – BBC Sport, 20 July 2015
  14. ^ "Karl Robinson: MK Dons boss turns down Leeds United managerial offer". BBC Sport. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Karl Robinson: MK boss leaves club 'by mutual consent' after six years in charge". BBC Sport. 23 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Charlton appoint Karl Robinson as manager". Charlton Athletic F.C. 24 November 2016. Archived from the original on 24 November 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  17. ^ Cawley, Richard (22 March 2018). "Lee Bowyer takes caretaker charge of Charlton Athletic as Karl Robinson leaves "by mutual consent"". South London News. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Oxford United: Oxford United: Karl Robinson named new head coach after Charlton departure". BBC Sport. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  19. ^ Pritchard, David (10 August 2019). "Karl Robinson seals new Oxford United contract". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Karl Robinson: Oxford United boss charged by FA for abusive language". BBC Sport. 11 December 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Managers: Karl Robinson". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  22. ^ "Charlton: Results/matches: 2016/17". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 March 2018. Individual seasons accessed via dropdown menu.
  23. ^ "MK Dons 5–1 Yeovil (Match Report)". BBC Sport. 3 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Karl Robinson named the League One manager of the month for August". Sky Sports. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  25. ^ "Karl Robinson named Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month". EFL. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  26. ^ "Karl Robinson named Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month". EFL. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2016.