John Robertson: career breakdown 

Last week, John Robertson was appointed Inverness manager for the second time, replacing Richie Foran. 

Playing career

Robertson signed for Hearts after Hibs failed to give him more time to think over a contract offer. 

He signed for Hearts alongside Dave Bowman, who would also go into forge a successful playing career and earn international caps.

Robertson has scored 27 goals in the Edinburgh Derby and was given the nickname “The Hammer of Hibs.” 

Robertson’s goals took Hearts to the verge of a league and cup double in 1986 but the lost the league title on the final match of the season to Celtic.

He left Hearts to sign for Newcastle in April 1988 but failed to settled and returned to Hearts in December 1988.

Robertson spent the vast majority of his playing career at Hearts and he won the 1998 Scottish Cup but he was an unused sub in the final.

Robertson ended his career as the club all time league top scoring 214 league goals.

During his international career with Scotland, Robbo won 16 caps and scored 3 times, which includes the winner on his debut against Romania.

He left Hearts to join Livingston as player-coach in 1998. He lasted two seasons at Livi before retiring

Documentary on Robertson’s playing career

Managerial career. 

Robertson took charge of ICTFC in December 2002 as he took over from Steve Paterson, who left for Aberdeen.

Inverness finished 4th at the end of the 2002-03 season and reached the semi-final of the Scottish Cup. 

During that season, Robertson oversaw a 1-0 victory against Celtic at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, with Denis Wyness getting the only goal. 

In the 2003-04 season, Inverness won promotion to the SPL on the final day of the season. 

ICTFC again reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals as they eliminated Brechin, St Mirren and Motherwell on route to Hampden. 

Robertson also helped Inverness to the 2004 challenge cup, as the club beat Airdrie in the final. 

Early into our first full season in the SPL, Robertson was recruited by his old club Hearts, where he forged such a distinguished playing career. 

It was too big an opportunity for Robertson to turn down but sadly it didn’t work well for him. 

Robertson was in the job for only until the end of the season that he left in despite a 5th place finish and two cup semi finals. 

After Hearts, Robbo moved to Ross County but lasted just 15 matches due to disagreements with the County board over the club’s budget. 

In 2006, he returned to another former club as he became the manager of Livingston which lasted just over 1 year, as he was sacked after finishing 6th in the first division. 

In that summer, Robbo took over at Derry City and took them out of the relegation zones and into mid-tabel. Robbo also won the FAI League Cup but was replaced at the end of the season as new owners came in. 

He then took a break from management as he worked as a strikers coach at Dundee United, Kilmarnock and Hearts in separate stints. 

After almost three years out of management, Robertson was appointed the East Fife manager in 2010.

Robbo did well in his first half season as he too the club close to the promotion places but in his second term he could only that them to mid-table and was sacked. 

He oversaw one of the most famous results in the club’s history as they put Aberdeen out of the League Cup on penalties. 

This proved to be Robbo’s last job until this summer when he was appointed ICTFC manager. 


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