• Stephen Robinson goes for ex-Celt after being impressed by his work at Motherwell
  • Will relish the role after starring for the League One Shrimps as a player
  • Now forging a growing reputation as a coach after hanging up his boots

THE MOTHERWELL CONNECTION...Diarmuid O'Carroll, with new Morecambe boss Stephen Robinson in the background, in their days together in

DIARMUID O'CARROLL will be a key piece of the Stephen Robinson regime at English League One club Morecambe as the new first team coach.

The 34-year-old former Celtic striker and Sport Careers Agency client took a significant step in his coaching career when his ex-Motherwell mentor confirmed the appointment.

O'Carroll worked under Northern Irishman Robinson at Scottish Premiership club Well as both a coach in the successful youth academy and first team analyst.

Robinson has signed a three-year contract at the Shrimps and, although he has ensured the core of Diarmuid's Sport Careers Agency stablemate Derek Adams' staff stay in place, the new boss sees O'Carroll as a hugely important colleague.

He said: "Diarmuid, I know from working at Motherwell. He's been at Morecambe as a player, he knows the people here and has a real relationship with them.

"I'm delighted to have someone with me who knows the club and can be a link between the academy and the first team.

"I think it's important to keep the current staff, they have been highly successful last year.

"John McMahon, our assistant manager, has a reputation in the game as a very good coach with lots of contacts."

It's a telling step in the career development of former Republic of Ireland goalscorer O'Carroll who has started to forge an excellent reputation in the coaching ranks.

The UEFA A and UEFA A Youth Licence holder became boss of Glentoran's women's side after he hung up his boots and also had a short spell in the States as Director of Coaching at Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club.

Diarmuid moved to Motherwell in September 2019 firstly as U18s Head Coach and has impressed Robinson since.

The new Morecambe boss will be charged with establishing the club in League One after Adams secured promotion in the play-offs before taking on a new challenge at League Two fallen giants Bradford City.

Robinson guided Motherwell to two domestic cup final appearances in the same season and a third-place finish in the curtailed 2019/20 campaign before departing in December of last year.

Now O'Carroll - who had a season at Morecambe in his varied playing career - will be at his side as they look to maintain the momentum at the club.

Robinson said: "With the experience I've had in Scotland and at international level, and the contacts I have in the game, I'm hoping the players will enjoy the style we want to play.

"I think my forte is on the training ground. I've learned a lot over the last five or six years on man management and, hopefully, it will be an exciting season ahead."

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