City boss begins to prepare for the future, as the club welcomes new Head of Recruitment...
Sky Blues boss pleased that his side have made ‘progress’ since his appointment just over a month ago, having won four of their previous five fixtures.
As well as focussing on commitments in the league, the manager has confirmed that plans for next season are already underway, should the club regrettably drop out of League One.
Mark Robins said: “They have made significance progress in terms of games won, they’d won five all season. So to win four out of five [in all competitions] shows that there is scope to do something with the squad.
“When I first came in and looked at what we’d got, who to keep hold of, who can earn the trust, they’ve knuckled down and concentrated - and put in some pretty good performances.
“A lot of that is confidence and the winning of games, obviously the Wembley game. You’re always a work in progress, but over the past four or five games, I’m pleased that there has been a reaction and positive performances.
“Not least the win at Wembley, under the circumstances against Oxford. The significance of the game as a football club.”
The club also confirmed the appointment of Tommy Widdrington as the new Head of Recruitment this week, as focus is cast on implementing a new player recruitment department.
Robins added: “We’re working really hard, and we’ll be working all summer I imagine. Tommy is heading up a recruitment department, it is eyes on players. It is in place for the football club, to span the length of time with information, not just subjective.
“It is in its infancy at the moment, there was no database. So we have to make sure those things are in place, Tommy and I will work closely. This is an important part of the strategic plan.
“It won’t be a shock to anyone, everyone hoped for the best and feared the worst. That is still the case. It is out of our hands now, because we lost to Sheffield United. We acquitted ourselves well, but just fell short.
“If the unthinkable happens, we’ll try and add some quality and some players that will help us bounce back. We’ve got to keep going and eek out performances.”