Chelsea confirm youth coach decision after appointment of Enzo Maresca

Chelsea Under 21s boss Mark Robinson has left the club
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Chelsea have announced the departure of Under 21s head coach Mark Robinson, who has been appointed as the new boss of League One side Burton Albion.

After 18 years at Wimbledon - which included a stint as manager - Robinson, 59, left to join the Blues in May 2022 to oversee their U21s set up. His debut season ended in a third-place finish in Premier League 2, as well as progression to the knockout phase of the EFL Trophy.

The young Blues finished fourth this term which saw them enter the newly-introduced play-off stage. Robinson's men reached the semi-final before losing 2-1 to Tottenham last month. That followed impressive performances in the Premier League Cup and Premier League International Cup.

Now, Robinson has decided to take up an senior management opportunity in the third-tier with Burton, who stayed in the division on the final day of the season. The Brewers had been searching for a new boss since the departure of Martin Paterson and have discovered that Robinson is the man to take them forward.

Speaking after being appointed as the new Burton head coach, Robinson said: "I'm extremely proud to have been given this opportunity at Burton Albion. When the new owners outlined their plans and intentions for the future and meeting Ben Robinson, it really excited me in terms of what we can achieve together here.

"The owners have been clear with what they expect; we want to build a team that connects with the fans, and style of play will be important to that. I want to create a team that is enjoyable to watch, aggressive, and energetic, one that the fans and town feel they can really get behind and be proud to represent them.

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"We want to combine the team’s success with the development of young players, something that I have been committed to throughout the last two decades as a coach.

"The owners and I are aligned in our belief that this approach will be key to the club’s long-term success while maintaining our primary focus on winning football games. I'm looking forward to getting started now and getting to know everyone throughout the football club, the fans, and the wider Burton community."

"The history of this football club is inspiring; this is a place that is all about people, purpose, and community, something that I have grown up around throughout most of my coaching career," he added. "There have been some fantastic managers here in the past, and I am honoured to be stepping into their shoes now."

Robinson is set to be joined by assistant Tom Hounsell following his stint at Fulham, while Elliott Axtell and Jake Kean have also made the switch to the Brewers.