AFC Wimbledon has appointed Mark Robinson as the new head coach, promoting him from the role of interim first team manager.
The Sky Bet League One side parted ways with manager Glyn Hodges and his assistant Nick Daws, by mutual consent, after last year’s 2-0 home defeat by fierce rival MK Dons at Plow Lane.
Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes has been linked to the job in recent weeks, but has resolutely shut down such rumors and called the reports an “insult” to women’s football.
Robinson, who has held several positions at the club since 2004, has led the team in the last two matches – a 3-1 defeat to Oxford United and a 3-2 victory at Wigan on 6 February.
In a statement, Robinson said: “Everyone knows how I feel about AFC Wimbledon and I am absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity at a club that is the biggest story in football; a club with a great heritage and the best fans in the country.
“Undoubtedly there is a lot of hard work to be done, but when you look at the quality of the team and the academy, along with the good people we have in and around the club, if we can all together, it honestly makes me excited about what we can achieve.”
AFC Wimbledon CEO Joe Palmer added: “It is fair to say that Mark, in his short time as interim manager, has left an extremely positive impression on players and staff.
“This influence, along with his determination and ability to bring about cultural change, has given Mark an advantage over other candidates and we are glad to give him this opportunity to show us where he can take us.”
Robinson takes over permanently from a side that precariously hovers one spot above the relegation zone, with two games in hand for teams directly above and below them in the table.