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Martindale:‘Stephen has been a wee bit of a victim of his own success’

Thu 31 December 2020 | 17:36

Stephen Robinson left Motherwell after their 9th consecutive loss and David Martindale believes Robinson was a victim of his own success.

Stephen Robinson

resigned as


manager on Thursday morning following their 2-0 loss against Kilmarnock.

Motherwell have not won their last nine games and are 10th in the Scottish Premiership table with only two points above bottom club Hamilton, who they are going to face on Saturday.

In contrast,

David Martindale

has won all six games since he stepped up from assistant and took charge of Livingston after Gary Holt resigned in the wake of their loss against St Mirren.

Martindale talked about his new career: “Only one of two things happen, you leave through being successful, or you leave through being unsuccessful. Ultimately that is modern-day management, isn’t it?

“You could say Stephen has been a wee bit of a victim of his own success.

“He got to cup finals, got into Europe last year. It is horrible (to see him go). Nobody would have seen him resigning, to be honest.

“My staff were at the Motherwell game last night and I was at the Hibs game.

“They said there wasn’t a lot in the game, although they were defeated, you could see what Motherwell were trying to do. So I don’t think he was far away.

“They were on the wrong side of results. But it is a fine line in football.”



’s game against Aberdeen was supposed to be on Wednesday but due to a frozen pitch it was delayed and Martindale watched Hibs lose 2-0 against Ross County.

“I was a wee bit surprised at the result,” he said.

“I would be telling lies if I said I thought Ross County were going to come down and win 2-0.

“But I thought Ross County played extremely well. Hibs weren’t quite at it and probably on the balance of play Ross County deserved the three points.

“I would love for Hibs to have two games in a row like that but I am sure Jack Ross will have them up for it on Saturday and I have no doubt the players will react extremely well to a negative, trying to turn it into a positive.

“But it is important to try and keep the momentum going.

“Obviously we had done all our preparation for the (Aberdeen) game and you become a wee bit deflated when you realize the game is off.

“But the good thing is you don’t have a week to wait for another game, we have a game in a couple of days’ time which softens the blow.”

source: SportMob