Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Boss' Bombshell; in Association with Ron Greig Six-Month Sabbatical for Town's Robinson NORTHERN LEAGUE FOOTBALL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Boss' Bombshell; in Association with Ron Greig Six-Month Sabbatical for Town's Robinson NORTHERN LEAGUE FOOTBALL

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Byline: By ANTHONY VICKERS

BILLINGHAM Synthonia start their new top flight campaign at home tomorrow to a Northallerton team reeling from a dug-out bombshell.

The visitors' boss Alan Robinson has resigned to take a battery-charging six-month sabbatical in Thailand.

Robinson only joined Town at the end of last term after adding an incredible top six finish with cashstrapped Thornaby to his CV and has not even taken charge in a competitive match for the club.

"Northallerton have been great about it," he said. "They were obviously disappointed by my decision but they understood. It is no reflection on the club at all.

"It is entirely for personal reasons," stressed Robbo, who has recently retired and two years ago lost wife Judy to cancer.

"I need something in my life other than football and this is just too good a chance to miss.

"I have a good friend, Davie Scott, out there and spent a bit of time there lately fishing and cycling and generally unwinding. The weather is great, the food is great and it is cheap as chips. I think a good break would do me good. But it won't be permanent. I'll be back."

Town have appointed Robbo's coaches Martin Speight and Stuart Dawson as joint managers.

"They are good football people and will do well," said Robbo.

"There's a good squad there."

Bobby Scaife's Synners will be hoping to take advantage of any distractions as they set out their stall for a title challenge.

Scaife spent last year reshaping his squad, changing their mentality and style and has considerably beefed up over the summer, strengthening in every department.

Synners have taken advantage of the turmoil at neighbours Town to snap up Nathan Jameson, David Yale and David Abel plus have signed in-demand former Norton and Shildon Aussie hitman Tyson Masters to add firepower too.

TOWN meanwhile take on West Allotment with a new look team rebuilt completely from scratch.

A cash crisis led to the departure of boss Michael Watson and over the summer the team that missed the title on goal difference two years ago then lifted the League Cup last term has broken up. …

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