Mark Robinson has been far from short of offers since leaving his role of England's Women's Head Coach in August 2019.
That was only to be expected for a coach with his glittering CV, which includes seven trophies, including two championship titles, in nine years with Sussex and World Cup glory with England’s Women’s team.
Robinson’s time in charge of England Women brought enormous strides for the national set up all-round as the players turned fully professional and lost just one series in three and a half years.
Robinson’s impressive credentials, both as cricket coach and mentor of people, are well-proven. So there were plenty of offers, but he was willing to be patient. To wait for the right role; one with the potential to develop a squad capable of delivering the level of success that he did at Sussex.
Men’s First Team Coach of Warwickshire is that role.
“It’s a case of when I go back in and what the right job is – being brave enough to sit and wait. That’s the balancing act. The temptation is to take things that come up and say ‘yes’ when, actually, it would have been wrong for them and wrong for me.”Mark Robinson
The wait is over. Robinson believes the Bears are right for him and the club certainly reckons they have the right man to lead them out of transition into a sustained period of consistency and success.
Since leaving the England role, 18 months ago, Robinson has been far from idle. He has fulfilled numerous consultancy stints, including with Cricket Scotland and England’s deaf team, dabbled in lecturing and leadership work and completed a mentoring course.
He could have stayed busy, no question about it, but the temptation to find somewhere to try to build a third great era, following those that he delivered for Sussex and England’s Women, was great.
And the temptation to do it at Edgbaston, a stadium built for success, was too great to turn down.
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