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Coventry City confirm departure of manager Andy Thorn

Coventry City have confirmed it's "parted company" with manager Andy Thorn.

In a statement on the Club's website, Chief executive Tim Fisher said:

"We have not taken this decision lightly. We recognised that last season there were off-the-field matters that affected team affairs and felt it was right and proper to give Andy the chance to put that right over the course of the summer and the start of the season."

“We do not feel that has happened. Of course, the fact that we have surrendered the lead in the first three league games has not helped but there are several other factors in this decision – not just three disappointing results."

The statement also said that Assistant manager Richard Shaw and first team coach Lee Carsley will take temporary charge of team affairs.


Reports Coventry City have sacked manager Andy Thorne

Coventry City's manager Andy Thorn during the npower Football League One match against Bury at the Ricoh Arena, Credit: PA

It's being reported that Coventry City have sacked their manager Andy Thorn.

The Sky Blues were relegated to the third tier of English football last season and in this year's campaign have played two games and drawn them both.

Speaking after yesterday's game against Bury, Thorn described his team's second half performance as 'unacceptable'.

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Birmingham City sign West Ham's midfielder Ravel Morrison

Ravel Morrison joins the Blues on a season-long loan Credit: Birmingham City

Birmingham City have signed midfielder Ravel Morrison on a season-long loan from West Ham United.

The 19-year-old has previously played as an England Under 18 and started his career in the Youth Team at Manchester United.

He's leaving West Ham, who were promoted back up to the Premier League last season, to gain more first team experience.

Morrison will be given the first-team squad number 12 while at St. Andrew's.

Birmingham-born Daniel Sturridge treated for meningitis

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is being treated for suspected meningitis Credit: PA Wire

Birmingham-born Chelsea footballer Daniel Sturridge is undergoing tests for viral meningitis.

The 22-year-old, who's been selected for the GB Olympic squad, was taken ill over the weekend.

People can recover from viral meningitis within a fortnight and Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo says Sturridge is hopeful of recovering in time for London 2012.

Sturridge played for Aston Villa and Coventry City as a youth player.


Indoor tennis centre opens in Birmingham

Inside the new indoor tennis centre in Birmingham Credit: Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club

The Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club will officially open its new indoor courts in Birmingham later.

The redevelopment work has cost £12 million pounds, with £5 million pounds of funding coming from the Lawn Tennis Association.

Women's world number 18 Daniela Hantuchova will be cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

The club says the new centre will make tennis facilities more accessible for people in the city.

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