Robins: Internet criticism ‘unhealthy’


Scunthorpe manager Mark Robins has thanked chairman Peter Swann for sticking by him during a frustrating start to the season, claiming at another club he could already have been sacked.

United secured their first back to back victories in eight months with a 4-2 win at Oldham, which has alleviated some of the pressure on the Iron boss.

He told the Scunthorpe Telegraph: “It’s been hard work because people doubt you – one week you’re half decent and the next you haven’t got a clue.

“That’s the nature of football I know, but I don’t see why we should accept it. We work our socks off and try to do the right things and we do that because it is all about the development of the football club.

“We’re in a unique position really, with people looking at your work and then commenting on it in public. It’s either okay or not okay.

“Generally people are accepting but there are a minority that aren’t sensible and they are the ones that try to de-stabilise things.

“I’ve got to thank the chairman for not letting that happen. These people that sit behind computers, with no faces, in the privacy of their own home – I think it’s unhealthy.

“There’s no two ways about it, I could have lost my job. If I’d have been anywhere else, and didn’t have our chairman, I would have probably lost my job.

“I’ve got to thank him for sticking by me – he’s been unwavering in his support. He knows we’ll turn it around; it’s just a case of when. He knows it’s a long-term project and that gives you time and confidence to keep going because it can take its toll a little bit.”


Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.


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