Birmingham City legend issues come-and-get-me plea amid managerial uncertainty

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Paul Robinson has confirmed his availability to rejoin Birmingham City’s coaching team after departing for a second time last weekend.

The former Blues defender was brought in as interim manager Gary Rowett’s usual assistant for the last eight matches of the season just gone. In the end, it wasn’t a successful conclusion for Birmingham or the temporary staff as Blues were relegated – but that doesn’t mean Robinson isn’t keen to carry on his work.

Although officially off the books again due to the brief nature of his re-employment, Robinson loves the club and is eager to get involved. The issue with that, however, is the uncertainty around the managerial situation as no official plan has been set out with Tony Mowbray remaining on leave through illness.

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The priority, of course, is Mowbray returning to full health as soon as possible and the best wishes of everyone are with the 60-year-old. But Birmingham need an answer sooner rather than later, with a vital summer ahead to give the club the best chance of bouncing straight back from League One to the Championship.

There’s no rush on Robinson’s part as he’s is aware of the difficult and unprecedented situation. The 45-year-old is also mourning the relegation as much as any Bluenose, but he’s decided to publicly share his willingness to be part of the club’s future anyway.

Robinson played 158 times for Birmingham between 2012 and 2018.Robinson played 158 times for Birmingham between 2012 and 2018.
Robinson played 158 times for Birmingham between 2012 and 2018. | Getty Images

Posting to Instagram, Robinson said: “I’m sorry we weren’t able to do what we had hoped for this great club and it hurts. It’s been a tough year for everybody, especially for Tony who is a top manager and I really look forward to seeing him back on the Blues touchline very soon.

“Whilst it’s hard to understand right now, we have to trust that things happen for a reason. As always, I will take time to reflect on what I could have done differently in such a short space of time.

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“I do believe that this club will come back bigger and stronger, the owners have outlined their ambitions, they have a plan and it’s exciting times for everyone involved. I would love to be part of that rebuild. I want to thank you all for your unwavering support, you brought the noise every time!”

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