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Search for new manager goes up a gear

22 February 2013

Development Director Steve Waggott working through dozens of applications for vacant manager's position

Coventry City development director Steve Waggott has this week stepped up the search to find the club’s new manager.

Waggott – the man who targeted and attracted Mark Robins when the process was undertaken five months ago – has received more than 40 applications for the post vacated by Robins, who left the club for Huddersfield just over a week ago.

But Waggott’s life has been made easier by the fact that development squad manager Lee Carsley, goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic and other backroom staff have stepped in and have guided the team to two 2-0 wins.

“We went through a very rigorous process last time and that’s what led us to Mark,” he said. “We will do it the right way again but we know that we have to get the balance right because we all want a successful end to this season.

“Fortunately, we’ve had a fantastic response from Lee Carsley and the other coaching staff who have got on with job professionally and the players have nothing but respect for them.

“My message to Lee has been to tell me whatever he needs in terms of resources and I will give him everything I can.”

Waggott has started the process of drawing up a shortlist this week after assessing the CVs that have come in.

And he said there have been new names added into the mix because of the changing nature of football management.

He said: “We had some extremely strong candidates last time round and I have gone through my notes on them but there has also been new interest.

“When you look at what has happened over the past five or six months at other clubs, managers are becoming available much more frequently.

“Everybody who wants to apply has to send in a CV to show they are serious and we have had some very, very strong ones again. This is a prestigious job in football.

“We have to benchmark those CVs, look at their records and then we speak to the stand-out four or five applicants who meet our first team manager credentials. I started that process this week.”

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