Robinson signs trio on first day at Oldham

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STEVE Robinson has wasted no time stamping his authority at OLDHAM ATHLETIC – making three signings on his first day as Latics boss.

The League One side finally confirmed the former Northern Ireland international as their new manager on Saturday, with Steve Evans having previously turned down the role while Latics were also linked with their former striker Shefki Kuqi.

Robinson has left both his positions as Northern Ireland’s first-team coach and the assistant boss at Motherwell, and he swiftly brought in three players he worked with at the Scottish club.

Full-back Josh Law joins Oldham after the 26-year-old left Motherwell by mutual consent in the summer, while keeper Connor Ripley and striker Lee Erwin have arrived on one-year loan deals from Middlesbrough and Leeds, respectively.

Ripley, 23, is the son of ex-Blackburn and Middlesbrough winger Stuart Ripley and spent part of the 2015/16 season on loan at Motherwell.

Erwin, 21, left Well for Leeds last summer and played three games on loan at Oldham’s League One rivals Bury last term.

This is Robinson’s first managerial appointment after beginning his coaching career with Northern Ireland’s youth sides.

The 41-year-old previously played over 500 professional games, mainly for Bournemouth and Luton, winning seven international caps.

At Motherwell, he worked under current boss Mark McGhee and his predecessor Ian Baraclough, who is set to be Robinson’s assistant at Oldham.