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Scunthorpe sack Mark Robins

Scunthorpe have parted company with Mark Robins.

Scunthorpe have sacked Mark Robins after in the wake of last weekend's humiliation against Blackpool, the club has confirmed in a statement on its official website.

Robins had come under increasing pressure following the shock 5-0 demolition at the hands of struggling Blackpool on Saturday with the Scunthorpe manager issuing an apology for the performance.

The defeat leaves Scunthorpe languishing in 16th spot in the League One table, just six points above the relegation drop zone.

Scunthorpe spent heavily in the transfer market in the summer as they looked to mount a bid for promotion, but they find themselves well off the pace in the table.

Scunthorpe have picked up just two wins from their last 10 games in League One and despite putting up a good show in their FA Cup third round defeat to Chelsea, they decided it was time to look for a new manager.

“We are sad to part company with Mark and Ned, but we have to think about the best interests of Scunthorpe United Football Club," chairman Peter Swann said on the club website.

Robins took over at Scunthorpe in Ocotber 2014 on a three-year deal and he helped steer them to safety in his first season in charge.

The former Manchester United and Norwich striker has won just 23 of his 71 games in charge at Glanford Park.

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