Ramsbottom United’s manager Jon Robinson became another managerial casualty after the club’s poor start to the season, which saw them pick up just two points from eleven league matches, and an early exit from the FA Cup.
Young player-manager Robinson, who took over the reigns in difficult circumstances back in March, successfully guided the club to safety last season before attempting to build a more stable and successful squad to take on the Evostik Premier this time out. His task has been made more difficult by the departure of a number of key players early in the season as well as recurring injuries to experienced central defenders Callum Jones and Andy Dawson.
“It’s been very difficult to bring new players in to Ramsbottom United,” said Robinson. “When you’re bottom of the table you find that players are reluctant to join, and this means you need to either wave around a big cheque-book (which we don’t have), or offer them something that they aren’t getting elsewhere. Unfortunately Rammy has risen very quickly to this level, and doesn’t have the depth of off-field support and assistance that many non-league clubs at this level have. Ultimately we have nothing to offer the lads we’ve been trying to sign all season, and so just can’t entice the players we need to help the club get results. I believe this is part of the reason why the last managers left, and it is the main reason we sit at the foot of the table right now.”
“I phoned the chairman tonight, after hearing rumours that he needed to speak to me, and after he refused to give me support in my position, I decided to resign as manager.”
Robinson had been the obvious choice as replacement for Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson, who departed for Salford City back in March, as he’s notched up over 210 appearances during six years in the blue of Ramsbottom, scoring 107 goals in the process. His passion and commitment on the field was carried into the dug-out, where he was ably assisted by former team-mate Phil Edghill and coaches Wayne Goodison and Mark Molyneaux. Few deserve the title, but in the eyes of many Rammy fans, he will live long in the memory as a real ‘Rammy Legend’, and will be sorely missed.
Chairman Harry Williams expressed his disappointment that Robinson’s tenure had not been as successful as was hoped. “We gave Jon the job on the basis that he knew the club inside out, and he did what was asked for, having taken over in difficult circumstances in January, namely keeping the club in this league. But football is a results-based business, and after 12 games this season without a win, we felt we had to make that change. “I prefer continuity, and Phil Edghill is another who knows how the club operates, and he will be given the opportunity to make the job his own. We still have three quarters of the season left, and hopefully Phil can turn things around”
A club spokesman also expressed his disappointment but added that Robinson had quite rightly earned his place in Rammy folklore, and would always be welcomed back to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium. He wished “Robbo” well for the future with gratitude for his efforts at the club.