The Carl Robinson era at Western Sydney has been delayed by a couple of days, but still promises plenty ahead as the club look once again to reignite the success of their early years.
Robinson was at the centre of the off-season’s biggest talking point, leaving Newcastle less than a year into his bumper three-and-a-half year contract to join the Wanderers.
Given Newcastle’s struggles and Robinson’s pedigree it looked a one-sided call. Ten weeks on, Robinson however maintains it was the best move for he and Newcastle.
“Obviously it was only a short time at Newcastle, everyone knows the situation going on there with the potential takeover. When I joined in February last year it was the exact same situation”, he told Box2Box.
“With the Covid break there wasn’t too much movement even though there was a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes. A decision was made, and it was the right decision for all parties.”
Robinson has made no apologies in taking his liberal attitude to contracts west, defying local convention in signing contracted players Bernie Ibibi (Newcastle), James Troisi (Adelaide) and Ziggy Gordon (Central Coast).
Ibibi’s move in particular was the cause of great angst, Newcastle reticent to lose a player that will now link with Robinson at a third separate club.
“Circumstances at Newcastle for him changed… the initial stuff that came out about Bernie a few weeks ago has been retracted and a statement has been made which says he’s a good person.”
“He was one of my first targets, I knew he was a good person, he’s very articulate, he’s an honest boy, he’s got good values, his mother’s brought him up the right way.”
Troisi too forced a move to the chagrin of Adelaide, who claimed they’d retracted their offer for him to leave some time ago.
“When I found out James was available we were the third team that spoke to James, wasn’t just us.”
“He’s an Australian player, played at a number of clubs, played at the highest level. When he became available, of course I’m going to speak to good players, and I managed to get him over the line.”
“If they wanted him to stay and he was a big part of their plans, obviously he’d still be there. I’m lucky to have him.”