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Coventry bring back Robins as manager

Mark Robins is back at Coventry. Credit: PA

League One strugglers Coventry City have confirmed the appointment of Mark Robins as manager.

This will be Robins' second stint in charge of the Sky Blues, having previously managed the club.

I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to return to Coventry City FC and really excited by the challenge ahead.

I know the club well and it has been especially difficult to watch the struggles of this season from afar.

My aim is to provide a change of fortune for this football club in the long-term, and build a team not only for now, but for the future of Coventry City.

– Mark Robins

League One strugglers Coventry sack manager Slade

Russell Slade had a tough time in charge. Credit: PA

Rock bottom Coventry City have sacked manager Russell Slade, the League One club have announced.

The Sky Blues are currently 13 points adrift of safety and look set to be relegated.

The club say they will replace Slade "imminently".

Coventry City FC has today parted company with first-team manager Russell Slade, effective immediately.

The club would like to wish Russell all the very best for the future.

– Coventry City statement

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Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder set for US move

Former England international Joe Cole is poised to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Coventry boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed the 34-year-old will move to the North American Soccer League side when his contract expires in the summer.

Three-times Barclays Premier League winner with Chelsea, Cole joined the Sky Blues on a free transfer from Aston Villa in January but has told Mowbray he is heading to Florida.

Joe Cole is coming America. Credit: PA

"Joe's going to join Tampa Bay and it might happen pretty quickly if he can get international clearance etc," Mowbray told the Coventry Telegraph.

"I would have liked to have kept Joe who I think has proven his fitness and worth to the team. He's a fantastic character around our building - no airs and graces, not looking for favours or extra days off.

"He's a top guy and he has shown his football ability. It's come probably a little bit late in the day that I have felt as if I could trust him to play in the centre of midfield alongside John Fleck.

"I think Joe can help us control football matches but he's made his decision for his family, I think, and we wish him well because he's been fantastic for our dressing room and this football club."

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Councillors to decide on Ricoh Arena fate

Councillors in Coventry will make a decision on whether Premiership rugby club Wasps' proposal to take over the Ricoh Arena operating company ACL in a £30million deal.

The council currently share the ownership of the stadium with the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and would retain 10 per cent if the deal goes ahead.

The Ricoh Arena is currently the home of League One Coventry City. Credit: PA

Current tenants, League One side Coventry City, only returned to the stadium in September following a 14-month absence.

If the councillors grant the request it would leave the Sky Blues in limbo, as they may once again be homeless.

Wasps currently play their home fixtures at Adams Park in High Wycombe, meaning it would be a sizeable relocation for the club.

A decision will be made in a meeting on Tuesday at 2pm.

Football League 'dismayed' at continuing dispute

The Football League has said it is "dismayed" over the continuing disagreement between the the owners of the Ricoh Arena and Coventry City's administrators that has left the club on the brink of liquidation.

Earlier today, the owners of the Ricoh Arena, Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), rejected proposals drawn up by the club's adminstator that would of brought the club out of administration.

Coventry City are on the brink of liquidation. Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire

Football League Chairman, Greg Clarke said: "Once again, it is a source of immense frustration to everyone involved that the two parties in this dispute have failed to reach any agreement. The Board is dismayed at the level of intransigence being shown."

The association insisted that it would continue its efforts to get the parties to enter "meaningful negotiations" so that Coventry City can return to Coventry "at the earliest opportunity".

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