EX-LATICS boss Stephen Robinson has been appointed as manager of newly-promoted Morecambe.

The 46-year-old, who has been out of work since resigning as manager of Motherwell in December 2020, replaces Derek Adams, who left the club last week to take charge at Bradford having guided the Shrimps to League One for the first time in their history.

The former Northern Ireland international, who had a difficult spell as Latics boss in 2016, spent three-and-a-half years with the Steelmen and is now relishing a new challenge.

“I have been very impressed with the club and everyone involved in the process,” Robinson told the Shrimps’ official website.

“We are looking to build on last season’s successful promotion campaign and look to firmly establish the club in League One.

“There is a lot of work in terms of recruitment in the coming weeks and getting us prepared for the club’s first season in League One.”

Robinson guided the Well to two cup finals in one season and a top-three finish which resulted in Europa League football, rebuilding his reputation after a tough start to life in the dugout with Latics.

After working as Northern Ireland’s assistant at Euro 2016, his first managerial role at Boundary Park lasted six months with John Sheridan brought in to replace him for a third Latics spell.

The club were bottom of League One at the time.

Morecambe joint-chairman, Rod Taylor said: “We are delighted that Stephen has agreed to join us for our first season in League One.

“We had a number of quality applicants but we were especially impressed by Stephen’s dynamism, his plans for the club and his contacts and we believe he will take the club forward.

“He has an excellent reputation and we are looking forward to working with him as we plan for an historic season.’’