Stephen Robinson bemoans "timing" of Darren O'Dea move

By Hamish Carton

September 16, 2019

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has bemoaned the timing of the departure of Darren O’Dea to Celtic.

The Irish former defender has swapped the under-18s manager role at Fir Park for a similar one at Celtic. And while Robinson was keen to praise the conduct of the 32-year-old, he did admit that the timing of the move was far from ideal.

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“Whilst we were disappointed to lose Darren, he has conducted himself impeccably and we wish him well in his coaching career,” he told the official Well website.

“The timing of the vacancy elsewhere wasn’t great from our point of view. But it couldn’t be helped, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse and we wish him well.”

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Robinson is clearly unhappy about O’Dea departure

The comments made by Robinson clearly show that there was some unhappiness from the Steelmen at O’Dea’s departure. That unhappiness may have been on display in their bizarre official confirmation of the move on Twitter.

Motherwell chose to inform their supporters of O’Dea’s departure but didn’t mention that he’d gone to Celtic. Instead they said that O’Dea had taken up “a coaching role with another Scottish Premiership side.”

Perhaps this is a little indication that things are still a little prickly between the two clubs. The well documented saga of David Turnbull’s potential move from Lanarkshire to Glasgow involved a few skirmishes between the two clubs, although things seemed to end pretty amicably.

But now perhaps O’Dea’s move has just spiced things up a little again. It may be worth keeping an eye on relations between the two clubs in the next few months.