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13 October 2014

New Scunthorpe manager Mark Robins confirmed on Monday lunchtime that one of his first priorities will be to bring in an assistant.

He also revealed that Andy Dawson, who took temporary charge of first team affairs at Gillingham over the weekend, will be a part of his management set up and stated how pleased he was with how the player-coach handled things down in Kent.

But with his first game in charge of the Iron just a few days away, Robins understands the importance of acting as quickly as he can in naming a no.2.

He said: “I think I will do that more or less straight away.

“I’ll look to maybe bring in one other member of staff which will be a key component in terms of what I want to do but I want them to sort of bridge a gap with a number of roles that they can do.

“I’ll take my time in one or two areas but I want the staff in place as quickly as we possibly can to give us a chance to hit the ground running."

Dawson signed for the club with responsibilities on the playing and coaching side of things in the summer of 2013 and has played a big role both on the pitch and in the dugout during that time.

The team defeated Gillingham 3-0 under his stewardship on Saturday thanks to goals from Paddy Madden, Neal Bishop and Gary McSheffrey and when asked if Dawson will still have a part to play at the club,

Robins explained: “Absolutely. He’s still a player and he’s also got a coaching role so as long as he works hard, and I’m sure he will, he’ll have a role to play.

“I don’t know him but I’ve seen bits and I like it.

“I like what I saw on Saturday and both him and Tony Daws did a really good job with that because it’s a difficult situation to be in and they’ve embraced it.

“They’ve done really well and they managed to get a 3-0 win away at Gillingham which is no mean feat so he’ll have a role without a shadow of a doubt and we’ll try and help him develop as a coach.”

Robins’ maiden match as manager of United will be the League One clash against Colchester on Saturday and he believes that the squad have to be competent and confident moving forward in order to pick up points as quickly as possible.

Scunthorpe are currently in the divisional relegation zone but the new boss will now be working hard to make sure that a plan is put in place to help the club rise up the table.

He added: “There’s no secret formula. You’ve got to work hard.

“I think being organised and making sure that the players are capable of doing what you’re asking them to do is key.

“League One is a really tough league but we have to make sure that we are competent and confident moving forward to be able to pick up the points as quickly as we possibly can do.

“We’ve got back to back games coming up and we’ve got to try and put those wins together and on Saturday there were elements of the game that were really good and there were elements that obviously need work.

“I think we need to make sure that there is a proper plan in place and that we don’t waver from that plan.

“There’s always scope to change and to modify things as you go along but I’ve got assurances that I’ve got a blank canvas to be able to manage and make the decisions that need making.”

See much more from Mark Robins and Peter Swann on the Iron's YouTube channel.

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