Having officially unveiled Mark Robins as Scunthorpe’s new manager on Monday afternoon, Peter Swann believes he’s found the ideal candidate to move the club forward.Robins was presented to members of the press at Glanford Park after agreeing a three-year deal to take charge of United, with the side currently 23rd in the League One table.
The chairman was delighted to get his man and highlighted the importance of hiring somebody that buys in to what he is trying to achieve.
He said: “We’re going through a difficult stage here at the club but I was totally focused on who I wanted.
“I wanted somebody who had got experience of getting teams out of the position that we’re in and also someone that could buy into what I want here which is to move into the new stadium and try and compete at Championship level.
“We want to move between League One and the Championship without struggling and worrying about going down to League Two so it didn’t take me too long to find the ideal candidate.
“There’s quite a lot that Mark wants that I want and vice versa so I think he’s the perfect candidate to take us forward.”
In offering Robins a three-year-deal, the chairman has shown that he believes the new boss has what it takes to move Scunthorpe up the table and eventually into the much desired second tier.
He believes that the future move to a new stadium will generate a big buzz around the club and hopes for exciting times ahead in North Lincolnshire.
He added: “It’s a three-year deal basically. There is some protection for the club and there’s some for Mark, of course there is.
“But basically it’s a project to take us into the new stadium and establish ourselves there as a category 2 football academy so it’s a big project, it’s a big blank canvas and he’s well up for it.
“We train away from the ground at the moment and our kids train away too so what this does is give us the opportunity to move into a purpose built stadium where all our footballers and all our team can be together.
“I think that’s a great start and it’s an exciting time again for the town.”
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