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Mark Robins appointed Scunthorpe manager

Mark Robins has been confirmed as Scunthorpe's new manager.

Mark Robins will replace Russ Wilcox as Scunthorpe's manager Credit: Press Association

The 44-year-old former Rotherham, Coventry and Barnsley boss has been out of work since leaving Huddersfield just one game into this season and succeeds Russ Wilcox, who was sacked last Wednesday.

Mark Robins was unveiled as the club's new manager at a press conference today Credit: Scunthorpe United

"I'm delighted. I watched the game on Saturday and was very encouraged with what I saw.

To gain a job someone has to lose a job, and Russ did a fantastic job last season and has brought in some great players.

There are no panic stations yet. We've got a lot of games left and we will put in a plan to not only get out of this but play exciting football."

– Mark Robins

Robins' first day at Glanford Park

Mark Robins takes charge of Scunthorpe United today.

Robins takes over at Glanford Park Credit: Press Association

The former Huddersfield, Rotherham and Barnsley man has taken over from Russ Wilcox who was sacked by the Iron after a poor start to the season.

Wilcox led the team to promotion last season after a record breaking unbeaten run, but left the club last week.

Wilcox sacked after Iron's poor start in League One

Scunthorpe have sacked manager Russ Wilcox following a poor run of results.

Wilcox sacked after Iron's poor start in League One Credit: Press Association

The Sky Bet League One side have lost six of their last seven matches in all competitions, culminating in a 2-1 home defeat to Notts County in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.

Wilcox, who took over last December following a spell as caretaker boss, led the Iron to promotion last season having finished runners-up to Chesterfield in League Two.

He also enjoyed a record-breaking 28-game unbeaten run for a manager's first spell in charge, surpassing a feat set 125 years ago.

However, he had come under increasing pressure in recent weeks with the club winning just two of their 11 league games to sit second-bottom.

A statement on the club's official website, www.scunthorpe-united.co.uk read:

Scunthorpe United have today terminated the contracts of manager Russ Wilcox and assistant manager John Schofield with immediate effect. The club would like to place on record their thanks to Russ and John for their efforts, but in particular to Russ for leading the Iron into League One. Andy Dawson will take charge of Saturday's game at Gillingham, assisted by Tony Daws.

– www.scunthorpe-united.co.uk

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