Mark Robinson exit Chelsea to take up management role in League One

Another Chelsea coach exit Stamford Bridge to take up management role in League One

Chelsea have lost their Under-21 head coach Mark Robinson, who has left to the club to become manager of League One side Burton Albion.

The 57-year-old has been at Stamford Bridge for just over two years, arriving at May 2022 as Head Coach of the Development Squad and has been leading the Under-21s over the last two seasons.

Before moving to west London Robinson had spent 18 years at AFC Wimbledon, as academy manager and taking charge of youth teams, while he also had a stint in charge of the first team from January 2021 to March 2022.

He is now having another crack at first team management at Burton, after the club narrowly avoided relegation from League One, finishing 20th under Martin Patterson, who left the club at the end of the season.

Chelsea confirmed Robinson’s departure and stated: ‘Everyone at Chelsea would like to thank Robbo for his work throughout his time at the club and we wish him well as he embarks on the next chapter in his coaching career.’

On his appointment at Burton, Robinson said: ‘I’m extremely proud to have been given this opportunity at Burton Albion. When the new owners outlined their plans and intentions for the future and meeting Ben Robinson, it really excited me in terms of what we can achieve together here.

‘The owners have been clear with what they expect; we want to build a team that connects with the fans, and style of play will be important to that. I want to create a team that is enjoyable to watch, aggressive, and energetic, one that the fans and town feel they can really get behind and be proud to represent them.

‘We want to combine the team’s success with the development of young players, something that I have been committed to throughout the last two decades as a coach. The owners and I are aligned in our belief that this approach will be key to the club’s long-term success while maintaining our primary focus on winning football games.

‘I’m looking forward to getting started now and getting to know everyone throughout the football club, the fans, and the wider Burton community.”

‘The history of this football club is inspiring; this is a place that is all about people, purpose, and community, something that I have grown up around throughout most of my coaching career. There have been some fantastic managers here in the past, and I am honoured to be stepping into their shoes now.’

It is more change at Chelsea after Enzo Maresca was appointed as the new manager on Monday, bringing with him a whole new staff ofWilly Caballero, Danny Walker, Michele De Bernardin, Marcos Alvarez, Javi Molina and Roberto Vitiello.

Maresca signed a five-year deal, with the club holding an option to extend the deal by a further year.

 

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