'It won't impact the players' - Carsley

Thu 14 Feb 2013
Author: Kieran Crowley

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Interim first team manager Lee Carsley believes Robins' departure won't impact the players...

Coventry City interim first team manager Lee Carsley believes the departure of Mark Robins to Huddersfield Town won’t impact on the players. 

Carsley has been put in temporary charge of the side with goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic ahead of the trip to Bury at the weekend.

The former Sky Blues midfielder, who made over 50 appearances for the club over two spells, believes the week’s events won’t impact on the players.


The former Republic of Ireland international said: “I wasn’t shocked by Mark (Robins) leaving at all if I’m honest. I have been in the game long enough to know that this is the game we are in and this is the way football works.

“Like myself, the players saw it coming yesterday so it is important we put it behind us and move on. It shouldn’t affect the players either as players have a strange resilience of just getting on with things.

“It is all about the club and the football, which is the way it should be. At the end of the day, Mark (Robins) did really well when he was here but the club is the most important thing.

“I have been asked to take over in the short term and I will look to make sure we pick up really important wins, starting with Bury at the weekend.”

Carsley has worked with the Academy and the Under-21s over the last two years, helping bring through an impressive group of talented youngsters into first team football.

With Steve Waggott confirming the search for Mark Robins’ successor is already underway earlier today, Carsley stressed his only focus at the moment is the next two matches.

He continued: “The players are doing well at the moment and it isn’t a case of inventing the wheel. We just need to get them match ready and organised so they can do their jobs in matches.

“We will get our message across to the players and I have watched a lot of League One football this year, it isn’t rocket science. 

“I may not have that much coaching experience but I had a lot of experience playing at the highest level and I want this side to play at a high-tempo.

“In terms of my personal development, I think I am doing well and picking up some good experience. I am only thinking of the short term though and I just want to make sure the players are in a position to get the club the win in the next few games.” 

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