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INTERVIEW: "I Love It Here"

“I can honestly say unequivocally that I’m totally happy here."

11 October 2019

Earlier today Sky Blues boss Mark Robins agreed a new contract with Coventry City Football Club.

The manager who has been at the club for almost three years and has led the Sky Blues to promotion from League Two and Checkatrade Trophy success.

Speaking about agreeing a new contract the Sky Blues boss had this to say:

“I’m delighted to have agreed and thankful to Joy Seppala, Tim Fisher and Dave Boddy for moving so quickly so we can put everything to bed and concentrate on the game.

“I can honestly say unequivocally that I’m totally happy here. I love it here and the supporters are brilliant with me, we’ve done well since I walked through the door and turned things around, and I couldn’t have left.

“I’m delighted that the club have just nipped it in the bud quickly and we can just get on with things because the most important thing is the game on Sunday Infront of the Sky cameras.”

The new contract came off the back of an approach from fellow League One side, Sunderland earlier this week.

“I think the players can take a lot of confidence from it because you’re only getting approached because of the players and the way they’re playing and they can take the confidence from that, and I’m delighted with that.

“I’m really pleased with that and the most important thing is that we’re bouncing back from a poor performance and bad defeat last week.

“But the confidence they would gain from that is they’re doing something right a lot of the time because you only get approached if that is the case so I’m delighted to commit, and we can just get on with it.”

It was also confirmed that the club are currently in talks with Robins’ Assistant Manager Adi Viveash about agreeing a new contract.

Adi joined the Sky Blues towards the start of the 2017/18 season following unfortunate illness to former assistant, Steve Taylor.

Speaking about Adi, the manager spoke how much Viveash has helped him and the importance he is to the Sky Blues’ success in recent years.

“Initially, everybody knows that when Steve had his brain haemorrhage, that was a big loss and had a huge impact on me and the club and Adi, because he came in initially on short term contract to fill in and then when it became clear that Steve couldn’t continue his role, it was really difficult for him.

“But he stepped in and stepped up, he is an outstanding coach. So, it is big, it’s a big thing to for me to get resolved and one that we can get done as quickly as mine was done.

“Again, it’s got to be right for him, it may take a little but longer, it may take us 24 hours to get that sorted out, but he will be focused on the job and that’s just a biproduct of the players performances.

“There’s been a hell of a lot of learning going on and I think his coaching, understanding of systems, players training and people and working at the level he did at the academy of Chelsea for the time he did and also managing Cirencester for a spell undoubtedly helped him, as well as his playing career.

“He understands players, the needs of the players which is great and there is a good rapport and a good working relationship not only between he and I but the rest of the staff as well.

“Things have changed significantly since he came in and the clubs in a good place so he’s very important, he’s a key member of staff as assistants generally are.”


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