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"The key to it is winning, and we were doing plenty of that when I was last here." - Coventry City's Mark Robins

7 March 2017

The Sky Blues boss talks infrastructure, belief and the impact of the fans...

After his appointment this week, Mark Robins has expressed his delight at reuniting with the club he managed during the 2012/13 season.

With the Sky Blues marooned at the foot of the table, Robins has eleven remaining league games to affect the standings, and one cup final at Wembley to contend with. 

He commented: "For me it is about the whole structure, it needs looking at. What the money is, and going about getting the best players in the right slots.

"We need a really cohesive recruitment department, to collate and gather information to recruit to the best of our ability. You’ve got to have something in position, it is a great club, which is well supported and deserves better.

"There is a whole range of things that need resolving, but the most important is the team and players. I’ve got a clear vision, 100% there is a chance of staying up. We’ve got 11 games and we need to win eight.

"It isn’t insurmountable, we need to believe we can put better performances in, and inspire change for the better. I’m really pleased that I’ve been given the opportunity again.

"We’ve got to get to a stage where the trust rebuilds, with a plan that makes sense. We’ve got to make sure that is implemented as soon as possible."

The manager reserved praise for the fans, while discussing his affection for the football club, as he prepares his side for the Bradford City fixture on Saturday.

He added: “I’ve got power over the team and recruitment, and that can make a big difference. Anything else, I’ll try and guide to ensure the best outcomes. For me, it is about having a strong connection with a football club that is going through a difficult time and wanting to turn that around.

“I’m sure people will think we’re crazy, this is the most unique circumstance in football at the moment. It was really nice to hear that the fans were pleased, it is nice to have support from the fans.

“All I ask is they support the players, there is a lot of young lads in that dressing room. We’ve got seven out of 11 league games at home and the fans can make a huge difference.” 

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