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Coventry City have appointed former player, coach and scout Ray Gooding in a new scouting role at the club

2 October 2015

Gooding has been with the Sky Blues for over 27-years and is delighted to return to "my club"...

Coventry City have appointed former player, coach and scout Ray Gooding in a new scouting role at the club.

Gooding played for the Sky Blues between 1976 and 1982, before working closely with the City Academy as Academy Director, responsible for recruiting young talent.

During his time, not only did the club reach two FA Youth Cup finals, but he helped recruit the likes of Chris Kirkland, Gary McSheffrey and Callum Wilson.

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The new role will see Gooding scout for both the Academy and the first-team, and the former City man is delighted to be back involved with "his club" and wants to pick out more talents for the Sky Blues in the future.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be back at the Sky Blues," Gooding said.

"I've had over 27 years at this club and I've always felt as though this is my club.

"I wanted to come back to the club where I’ve been since a kid and it just feels right for me, when I worked elsewhere it didn't feel the same.

"It's a great setup to be involved with, not many more Academies are producing as many first-team players as Coventry City.

"There's nothing more rewarding than seeing the likes of Gary McSheffrey and Callum Wilson go on to play first-team football and hopefully I can help spot us some more talents for both the Academy and first-team in the future."

Richard Stevens, Academy manager added: "We're delighted that Ray is back involved with the club.

"Not only is it great for a man so passionate about the football club to return, but to have someone with his experience is massive to help us continuing moving forward as a club.

"Ray will be working closely with recruitment for both the Academy and first-team, he was here when I first joined eight years ago and he was always extremely influential in spotting local talent and providing them with an opportunity. I am looking forward to this working relationship developing again."

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