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NEWS: Mark Robins celebrates two year anniversary as Sky Blues boss

6 March 2019

Today is 2 years to the day that Mark Robins was named Coventry City Manager.

Robins returned to the club on 6th March 2017, having first taken charge of the Sky Blues in the 2012-13 season.

When he took over in 2017, the Sky Blues were 13 points adrift of safety in the League One table and in 24th position. The team would finish the season in 23rd position, on 39 points.

In contrast, so far this League One campaign, the Sky Blues are in 8th position with 50 points accumulated already.

The present total of 38 goals is one goal better than the 37 goals scored throughout the 2016/17 campaign.

Weeks after being appointed, Robins lead the Sky Blues to Wembley and silverware in the Checkatrade Trophy. Goals from Gael Bigirimana and George Thomas secured a 2-1 win over Oxford United, in front of 43,000 City supporters.

Relegation to League 2 was confirmed on 14th April, despite an upturn in performances under Robins. The Manager then set about a huge rebuilding job to the squad, as he targeted instant return to League One

That of course was achieved, with a long season climaxing in a 3-1 win in the Play-Off Final at Wembley again, over Exeter City - Jordan Willis, Jordan Shipley and Jack Grimmer were the goalscorers on another successful day for Robins and the Sky Blues at the home of English football.

A mixture of experience, promising young signings and Academy products had given the Sky Blues faithful on of the most exciting seasons for many years. There were ups and downs, and moments when it seemed like promotion would be out of reach, but they finished the season in good form and carried it on by blowing away all competition in the Play-Offs.

Over the course of the 2017-18 League Two season, Mark Robins broke numerous records as Coventry City Manager.

It was the club’s first top six finish in 48 years and the first promotion in 51 years. The Sky Blues gathered 75 league points during the season – the first time the club has reached 70 points in a season since that three points for a win was introduced in 1981.

There was also the best FA Cup run for nine years, while Robins signing Marc McNulty also broke Sky Blues goalscoring records.

This season, Coventry City have been in the unfamiliar position of having moved up a division in the league structure. The Sky Blues have had to adapt to the different challenges League One poses, and Robins again set about rebuilding the squad for the new challenge, with several new signings arriving at Ryton over the summer.

Five wins on the spin came in October, earning Robins the SkyBet League 1 Manager of the Month award. Progress for players individually and as a group has seen the Sky Blues climb to 8th in the SkyBet League One table, and with 11 games to go, Robins will be looking to see his side keep pushing to accumulate as many points as they can and push for the Play-Off places as hard as they can.


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