Coventry City Football Club has named Mark Robins as the new manager.
The former Manchester United striker has signed a three-year-deal with the club after a three-week search for a new manager.
Mark Robins said in a club statement:
– Mark Robins
“This is a great opportunity. Coventry is a club with great tradition and, although we find ourselves in League One, the squad that has been assembled is better than the results so far have shown. “I am relishing the opportunity to turn things around and bring better times for the Sky Blues supporters.“There is a lot to be done and I will get straight to work with the players and backroom staff.”
Mark Robins was born in the North West and fittingly made his name for local club Manchester United.
Among his biggest acheivements for Sir Alex Ferguson's side was his goal in the FA Cup semi final replay against Oldham. United went onto win the final, and it became the first of many trophies for Sir Alex Ferguson. In total he played 48 times for th red devils and scored 11 goals.
With first team appearances increasingly limited he left for Norwich City - the canaries paid 800 thousand pounds for the striker who repayed them with 20 goals in 68 games. His next move brought him to the Midlands and Leicester City, in his first season the club were relegated, but better was to come as the foxes won promotion back to the premier league the following year.
The next season his side finished 9th and won the league cup. After leaving Leicester Robins had short spells at varius other clubs including Walsall and Burton Albion before retiring as a player.
Management beckoned with Rotherham in 2007, in two seasons he impressed, in the first by taking them within a whisker of promotion and in the second by keeping the club safe from relegation despite a 17 point deduction.
He then moved to Barsley, a club, who like Coventry now were in the relegation places - by Christmas he'd taken them 9 points clear of danger.
No doubt such a turn around will be welcomed at the Ricoh arena.
Development director Steve Waggott wanted to reassure fans following the recent disappointing results at the club:
– Development director Steve Waggott
“We are delighted to announce Mark Robins as our new manager. “While we understand the supporters’ anxiety over recent results, this was an appointment that simply couldn’t be rushed because it is key to the short term and the long term of the football club. “In fact, considering the thoroughness of the process, we are pleased that within three weeks we have been able to whittle down 75 candidates to the one outstanding man for the job and that was Mark, who was categorically our first choice.”
The new manager told the fans in the club statement to 'get behind them' adding that he knows it is a "two way street" and the club will produce the results fans expect:
– Mark Robins
"We've got some exciting games coming up, absolutely, and we want the fans to be behind us and be that 12th man and give the club a real boost but at the same time we have to reciprocate that and make sure we produce performances for them and try to eradicate the kind of result we saw against Shrewsbury. "The message really is 'get behind us'. There will be times where it won't be pretty and that's not to say we are going to be smashing the ball long but we will play to the strengths of the players, there's no doubt about that. "We need to make sure we do the right things incrementally to get where we want to be and give the fans something that they can be proud of."