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PRESS WATCH: Mark Robins gives Sky Blues update to BBC CWR

1 May 2020

Coventry City Manager Mark Robins has been speaking to BBC CWR this morning, giving an update on the Sky Blues squad.

The Sky Blues boss was speaking on the Breakfast Show with Phil Upton, and you can hear the full interview here (Around 8:40am).

Robins said that the Sky Blues are making plans for a return to training, but question marks remain around the arrangements and when that could be.

“Clearly we’re going through some plans,” said Robins.

“At the moment, we’ve been told the earliest we can go back to training is the 16th of this month.

“We are planning for that and what the scenarios are like – with testing, without testing. With testing makes it a lot easier, having said that the tests that are available at the minute, or not available at the minute as the case may be, are a 48 hour turnaround and that’s not enough for us – we need testing on daily basis and clearly there’s PPE issues. There’s a lot of questions that need answering before we can get anywhere near the training ground again, but we’ve got to try and plan through it.”

Hear the full interview via BBC Sounds here (Around 8:40am)

This week there was the news that Robins, assistant manager Aid Viveash and the Coventry City squad have all volunteered wage deferrals, and the Manager was full of praise for the actions taken by the Sky Blues squad.

“The players have been magnificent,” Robins said.

“They are all on board, they all know what needs to be done. They’ve volunteered to do thing to try and safeguard the Club’s future.

“I can’t praise them enough. They have been brilliant all season. They’re a great, brave set of players, and I’m proud to be their manager."

Hear the full interview via BBC Sounds here (Around 8:40am)

There has been much media speculation about what happens in the rest of the season, and Robins spoke about that and advised fans to avoid the daily speculation if possible.

“I can’t see a null and voiding of the season, there’s been too many games played.

“I was looking at something ridiculous last week in terms of an eight-team tournament – when there’s a void people start to speculate and come up with rubbish. If you can play games, you play your league games don’t you.”

“I think from supporters perspective we’ve just got to wait, ride this out and stay safe. We’re all in the same boat. But don’t speculate – that’s the worst thing you can do and there’s so much speculation out there.”

To hear the full interview with Phil Upton via BBC Sounds, click here (Around 8:40am)

Tune in to Midlands Today on BBC One at 6:30pm this evening to hear from Manager Mark Robins and Captain Liam Kelly.


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