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"I have prepared the team in the way that I see fit. I am putting everything towards a result tomorrow." - Interim manager Neil MacFarlane

27 February 2015

The interim boss says that he is 'putting the club first' and has his sights set on the League One clash with MK Dons tomorrow...

Coventry City interim manager Neil MacFarlane revealed that he is not applying for the vacant managers role but is focused on getting a result against MK Dons at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow.

The Scot has taken charge of the first team this week and says he has received support from Professional Development Coach Dave Hockaday and Goalkeeping Coach Steve Ogrizovic.

MacFarlane has praised the work of his former colleague Steven Pressley, but says he is 'putting the club first' ahead of tomorrow's clash against the Dons.

"I was here Sunday when the news broke," he said.

"Since then I've taken the training from Monday and I've prepared the team in the way I see fit.

"It all happened really fast, but I've now got to take this role on and I'll do it to the best of my ability.

"I've taken the lead this week with most situations but I've had help from Dave and Oggy. Everyone is fully geared on the game tomorrow.

"Steven gave his utmost, we both did 24/7. With everything he had to go through, including embargoes and points deductions, he's done everything with absolute professionalism and dignity.

"A lot of work behind the scenes will be appreciated by the next manager that comes in. He's done so much for the structure of this club and the way it goes about things that most people won't see day to day.

"I've not applied for the job. I hold responsibility as much as the manager and I believe that we come as a team. I've said to the players that I will continue to put the club first and so should they, I will do everything to win the games that I am in charge of."

Tomorrow's game against the Buckinghamshire side comes as the Sky Blues find themselves in the bottom four for the first time this season.

MacFarlane has stressed the importance of the game to the players and is looking for the defence and midfield to stop former City player Carl Baker.

He continued: "I have a lot of time for Carl. I've seen him a few times this season. He's done well so far at MK and we are looking to break his rhythm tomorrow to stop any attacks.

"I've prepared, planned and trained the boys in the way that I see fit. It's a tough game no doubt about it but we've gone to Preston and Sheffield United away and played well.

"We just need to turn draws into wins, as we should have done in a number of games this season. We've drawn more than anybody in this league and that's something we need to change.

"If the players don't understand the situation right now then they will never understand it. We have not talked about the effects of losing, we're just focused on getting a result.

"The likes of Dominic Samuel have impressed and hopefully we can end this turbulent week on a high."

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