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In Focus: Coventry City

17 June 2019

Name: Coventry City Football Club

Founded: 1883

Ground: St Andrew’s (Groundshare)

Capacity: 29, 409

Manager: Mark Robins

Last season: Eighth in Sky Bet League One

Tranmere Rovers will play Coventry City for the first time since 2014 next season in Sky Bet League One.

The Sky Blues enjoyed a positive first campaign back in the third-tier after their promotion under the Wembley Stadium arch in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final the previous May.

Concluding last term with an eighth placed finish in Sky Bet League One, Coventry just missed out on a top six finish and also had to deal with off-field issues regarding their ownership.

From their 46 fixtures played, the West Midlands’ outfit won 18, drew 11 and lost 17 of their games that they competed in.

Attaining 65 points along the way, Coventry will be aiming to build upon a positive year on the pitch when the new season kicks off in August.

The club will play their home games at St Andrew’s in a groundshare with Sky Bet Championship side Birmingham City as they head to the Second City on a temporary basis for the 2019/20 campaign.

Managed by former Manchester United forward Mark Robins, the Ashton-under-Lyne-native has been Coventry boss since his appointment in March 2017, in which is his second spell in charge of the club.

Robins, a former England U21 international, began his playing career as a youth trainee apprentice at Manchester United, turning professional at Old Trafford in 1988.

He enjoyed success at the Red Devils in the early years of Alex Ferguson’s tenure as manager, winning the FA Cup and Charity Shield in 1990 as well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup and European Super Cup in 1991.

Robins left United in 1992 after 48 league appearances and went onto represent Norwich City, Leicester City, where he won the League Cup with the Foxes in 1997, Copenhagen, Reading, Ourense, Paionios and Manchester City throughout the 1990s.

Later in his playing days, Robins turned out for Walsall before a three-year stint at Rotherham United, where he played over a century of games, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday prior to hanging up his boots with Burton Albion in 2005.

Robins began his managerial career at Rotherham United in 2007, and remained with the Millers, a former side of his as a player, spending two-years at the helm of the Millers before moving across South Yorkshire for Barnsley in September 2009.

He was in the Oakwell dugout until May 2011 and returned to management with Coventry in September 2012 and would later have stints at Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United.

The 49-year-old returned to Coventry in March 2017, leading them to two Wembley Stadium victories, an EFL Cup triumph before promotion last May.

Tranmere Rovers have played Coventry City 20 times, winning seven, drawing three and losing 10 of their meetings with the Sky Blues.

Rovers lost the last match between the sides 3-1 at Prenton Park in February 2014.


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