Robins returns with lowly Coventry in bid to lift gloom at the Ricoh Arena
16:58 GMT, 19 September 2012
Mark Robins has been named as Coventry City’s new manager.
He has signed a three-year contract and is tasked with reviving their poor start to life in League One.
He said: '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.'
Sky Blue chance: Mark Robins looks set to be named the new Coventry manager
Coventry’s board have had several
candidates under review since sacking Andy Thorn earlier this season and
were thought to have whittled the list down to three, until Portsmouth
boss Appleton unexpectedly came under review.
Blackburn and MK Dons boss Paul Ince and ex-Derby and Hull manager Phil
Brown were the other two frontrunners, but Robins off all three rivals
after impressing during a series of interviews.
The one-time Manchester United striker
launched his managerial career with Rotherham and further enhanced his
reputation after leaving to take over at Barnsley three years ago.
He led Barnsley to their best Championship finish for five years before quitting in the wake of a disagreement over budget restraints.
He has been out of work since leaving Oakwell in May, 2011 but let it be known he is ready to enter the fray again.
The 42-year old faces a daunting task at Coventry, following their relegation to League One at the end of last season. But he has always backed his ability to build a winning team on limited finances and will begin work on reviving Coventry’s ailing fortunes with immediate effect.