Karl stepped up from assistant to manager of MK Dons in May 2010 and in his two seasons in charge at stadiummk he has won plaudits throughout the football world for the style of football played by his team and for reaching the play-off semi-finals two years in succession.
Liverpudlian Karl became the Football League’s youngest manager when he took to the helm of stadiummk, aged just 29 at the time of his appointment.
A promising prospect as a young player on YTS terms with Swindon Town, a serious back injury put paid to Karl's potential playing career before he moved into coaching.
Returning to his hometown, he worked for eight years in the Liverpool Academy under Anfield legend Steve Heighway, earning his UEFA B and A coaching qualifications during his time with the Premier League club and contributing to the development of a host of Reds starlets.
Among those he left a big impression on was Paul Ince, who established a relationship with Robinson during his time both playing for Liverpool and watching his son Thomas' rise through the Academy ranks. Following Ince's appointment as MK Dons manager in 2007, Karl would be subsequently brought onboard as first team coach.
Dons went on to win a League 2 and Johnstone's Paint Trophy Double that season, with Karl making a considerable contribution to the entertaining brand of football the side had become the side's trademark.
Upon Ince's appointment as manager of Premier League Blackburn that summer, Karl was among the staff to join him, again as first team coach. His ideas and methods were very well-received by Rovers' star-studded squad of players and, following Ince's departure later that season, new boss Sam Allardyce was quick to secure Robinson's immediate future. Having looked like potential relegation candidates for long periods, Blackburn secured a 15th-placed finish.
When Ince returned to MK Dons for the start of the 2009/10 season, the opportunity to step up to an assistant manager's role was too big for Karl, who had recently began work towards his UEFA Pro Licence, to turn down. He rejoined the Dons for the start of that season and again set about encouraging a brand of high-tempo, passing football that help guide the Club into promotion contention.
Having played a big part in the coaching of the team, Karl was thrust into an even more prominent role upon Ince's decision to resign from his post at the end of the season. Robinson effectively took charge of first team affairs for the final four games before taking the manager role on a full-term basis.
A two-year partnership with then-assistant John Gorman was a huge success as Karl’s philosophy of football was embedded into the way of life at MK Dons. Now with Mick Harford as his right-hand man and Ian Wright as a first team coach Karl will be hoping the 2012/13 season is finally the year to realise Dons’ Championship ambitions.