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Mark Robson

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Norwich Career: 2013-14 (Under-21 Development Coach and First Team Coach)
Current Club: West Ham United (First Team Coach)
Date of Birth: 22/05/1967 (Upton Park, London) 
Nationality: English


Mark Robson joined Norwich City as Under-21 Development Coach on 21st October 2013. The 44-year-old will officially take over the post left vacant since Scott Marshall’s summer departure

We are looking forward to welcoming him on board,” said Academy Director Ricky Martin. “He has a great wealth of experience at youth development level and senior level. He is coming from the FA where he currently works there and he has done some coach education work with the England set-up. Prior to that he had spells at Barnet before Edgar Davids came in and also Peterborough and Charlton where he helped bring through a lot of excellent young players. He had a great playing career as well before that and I know he will be a fantastic addition for us as an academy and help us achieve our objective of moving onto the next level."

Robson began his career at Exeter in 1986 as an apprentice. He debuted for the Grecians in October 1986 against Lincoln, scoring on his debut. He made 28 appearances for Exeter before completing a £50,000 transfer to Tottenham in 1987. He had to wait until 17 December 1988 to make his Spurs debut (substitute in a 2-0 win over West Ham). Limited in first team opportunities at Spurs, he was loaned to Reading (1988), Watford (1989), Plymouth (1989), Rosenborg (1991) and Exeter (1992).

He joined West Ham in 1992 and made 47 league appearances for them, scoring eight goals. He joined Charlton in November 1993 for £125,000. After four year and 109 league appearances (nine goals), he joined Notts County in 1997. He made 33 appearances for County and had a loan spell at Wycombe before retiring in 1999.

Robson's first full-time coaching position was at Charlton's academy, where he started in 2000. He stayed in this position for nearly six years until 2006. In March he was promoted to reserve-team manager after Glynn Snodin joined Southampton. In May, after Iain Dowie replaced Alan Curbishley, he was designated 'Development Coach', working with both the first team and reserve team. In November, he was named Assistant Head Coach to Les Reed after Dowie was sacked. In January 2007, Robson was named first-team coach after former team-mate Alan Pardew replaced Reed as manager. Robson gained the UEFA Pro Licence in the summer of 2007.

He left Charlton in 2008 and joined Gillingham as first team coach in August 2008. Although he was sacked along with Mark Stimson and others of the coaching staff in May 2010, following Gillingham's relegation to Football League Two, he was re-appointed and promoted to assistant manager to new boss Andy Hessenthaler just a few days later. Three weeks later, however, he resigned for personal reasons.

In June 2010, Robson joined Peterborough United as a coach, signing a two-year contract

On 10th June 2012, Robson was appointed head coach at Barnet, with responsibility for the first team. Robson was joined as head coach by Edgar Davids on 11th October 2012. On 28th December 2012, Robson and Barnet parted company leaving all first-team coaching matters with Davids.

In March 2013, he was appointed as the assistant coach of John Peacock for the England national under-17 team.

When Neil Adams was appointed Norwich' s interim first team manager in April 2014, Robson was promoted to be first team coach.He retained this position after Adams was appointed as Norwich's permanent manager in May 2014 alongside fellow first team coach Gary Holt.

Following Norwich's 2-1 defeat at Notts Forest which saw them slump to 10th place in the Championship, Robson was sacked by the club on 10th November 2014 with wide speculation as to the reasons why. A statement from the club said "The club would like to thank Mark for his work on behalf of Norwich City and wish him well for the future. "Coach Gary Holt will continue to assist manager Neil Adams and there will be no further comment from the club at this time."

He joined Aston Villa as first team coach on 17th February 2015 replacing Scott Marshall. He left the club along with manager Tim Sherwood on 25th October 2015.

After coaching with England Under-20s from 2016 to 2020, he joined Peterborough as Assistant Manager on 3rd August 2020. Peterborough were promoted to the Championship on 1st May 2021

On 12th November 2021 he returned to West Ham as Senior PDP Coach/U23s Lead Coach. He replaces Dmitri Halajko, who took up a youth and coaching development role at the Premier League. Robson will now work closely alongside manager David Moyes’ first-team set-up and assistant U23s coach and former Hammers team-mate Steve Potts in guiding West Ham’s young professionals towards attaining their own aspirations in the game.

Robson said of his appointment: “I’m really pleased to be joining the Academy and really pleased to be back at West Ham United, my local team. I’ve been a supporter all my life, watching from the terraces and playing for the Club, so to have the chance to come back and be a part of the process helping our younger players on the pathway to the first team is fantastic. I’m really looking forward to the new challenge. The Club at this moment in time is flying. The first team are doing fantastically well and so are the U23s in Premier League 2, so to be coming back at this moment in time, I’m buzzing and can’t wait to get going.”

Academy Manager Ricky Martin added: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Mark back to West Ham United. “We went through a diligent recruitment process, with some really good applicants applying for the role. Mark’s connection with the Club and his vast experience, not only having a successful career as a player but also as a coach in both youth and first-team environments, as well his work with the FA in a really successful period for their youth sides, made him the standout candidate."

After turning down a chance to team with Gary O'Neil at Wolves, he was appointed first team coach at West Ham. David Moyes was short on numbers in his backroom staff, having lost Mark Warburton and Paul Nevin at the end of the 2022/23 season..

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