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
Marshalls 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
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
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