‘I realised I was alright!’ Title-winning Warwickshire coach Mark Robinson says dramatic County Championship success has reaffirmed his belief he is a top-level coach after being sacked by England women’s team
Mark Robinson says Warwickshire’s County Championship triumph reaffirmed his belief in his ability as a top-level coach.
Robinson, 54, returned to the men’s game this summer after being sacked as England women’s coach in 2019, two years after overseeing a World Cup win.
His first spell on the county coaching scene saw him win two titles with Sussex and his arrival at Edgbaston coincided with a drastic transformation in fortunes.
Warwickshire coach Mark Robinson says their County Championship win has reaffirmed his belief in himself as a top-level coach
Warwickshire enjoy a long-awaited eighth title triumph after seeing off Somerset at Edgbaston
Warwickshire would have been relegated in 2019 had it not been for a re-structure of the divisions and went winless last year when Robinson turned down an offer to work in New Zealand domestic cricket in hope of another chance closer to home.
‘It allowed me breathing space and when I came back in here I realised I was alright. There are some good players and some good staff and a lot of my job was trying to get things calm and give belief,’ Robinson said.
‘We are not perfect, we will get better but we have won the Championship.’
More silverware will be on offer next week when the Bob Willis Trophy final will be contested between two teams that didn’t occupy the pound seats for the Championship title a fortnight ago.
Dom Sibley (centre) hit 106 before helping Woakes celebrate after a nail-biting season finale
Warwickshire and Lancashire both went winless in their first two fixtures of the divisional stage but Nottinghamshire, leaders halfway through September and Hampshire, top heading into the final round, relinquished their advantages.
Meanwhile, ahead of the meeting at Lord’s starting on Tuesday, Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes backed Liam Norwell for higher honours.
‘I think he deserves at least an England Lions shot. Whether he goes any further, we will have to wait and see,’ Rhodes said, of a seamer who contributed 49 wickets to the claiming of the Championship pennant.