Charlton Athletic unveil Karl Robinson as their new manager: Joining such a huge club with a large, passionate fanbase is a really exciting proposition
CHARLTON ATHLETIC have confirmed the appointment of Karl Robinson as their new manager.
The highly-rated 36-year-old, who led Milton Keynes Dons to automatic promotion to the Sky Bet Championship 18 months ago, has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at The Valley. Robinson will take full control of the club from Monday.
“I am honoured to have been appointed manager of Charlton and can’t wait to get started,” Robinson told www.cafc.co.uk.
“Joining such a huge club with a large, passionate fanbase is a really exciting proposition.
“I’ve inherited a talented squad and I’ll be doing everything I can to get the club back into the Championship as soon as possible.
“I like my teams to play attractive football and if we all pull together, I firmly believe we can start moving up the table and enjoy a successful season.”
Charlton chief executive Katrien Meire said: “Following a thorough appointment process, Karl emerged as the outstanding candidate. He is a very talented, forward-thinking manager and I’m delighted we have been able to bring him to Charlton.
“Our main focus is bringing Championship football back to The Valley at the earliest opportunity. Karl has vast experience of League One and, having won promotion just two seasons ago, we believe he has the necessary credentials and is best equipped to lead the club forward.
“Throughout his time with MK Dons, Karl received tremendous acclaim throughout the game for the attractive football his teams played and his approach to developing young players. This is an exciting appointment for us."
Prior to commencing his role with MK Dons in 2010, Robinson coached at Liverpool’s Academy before taking on a role with Blackburn Rovers’ first team.
During more than six years at Stadium MK, he led the team to successive fifth-place finishes, before securing second place and promotion to the Championship for the first time in the club’s history in 2014/15.
Earlier that season, Robinson masterminded arguably MK Dons’ most famous victory – a 4-0 League Cup rout of Manchester United.
Robinson will watch his new side train for the first time at the club's Sparrows Lane training ground today.
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