1. ITV Report

Sky Blues sack manager Andy Thorn

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

Manager of Coventry City, Andy Thorn, has been sacked by the club after a dismal start to the new season.

A statement released by the club says that Andy Thorn has ‘parted company’ with the team, following relegation last season and poor recent performances.

Assistant manager Richard Shaw and first team coach Lee Carsley will take temporary charge of team affairs, in hope of mounting a serious challenge for promotion.

Andy Thorn lead Sky Blues to a two-goal draw at home yesterday, yet finished the first-half two-goals up. Thorn described the team's performance in the second-half as 'unacceptable.'

“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."

– Tim Fisher - Chief executive

Thorn, 45, replaced Aidy Boothroyd in April 2011 following a stint as caretaker.

The club will now begin their search for their 12th manager since relegation from the Premier League in 2000.