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League One Preview: Coventry

2 July 2015

A look at the teams we'll be taking on next season - today we look at Coventry City...

About Coventry City

Nicknamed The Sky Blues, Coventry City are a West Midlands based, former Premier League side. The Sky Blues spent 34 consecutive seasons in the top flight of English football prior to their relegation in 2001. In 2012 they were relegated to League One after eleven seasons in the second-tier of English football. They've had a turbulent few seasons with ownership issues and financial problems, but they are now looking more stable. 


How did they get on last season?

Coventry ensured their League One status on the final day of the 2014/15 campaign with a 2-1 away win at Crawley. Only a shock set of results would have seen the West Midlands side relegated on the final day. The 2014/15 campaign saw the Sky Blues return to the Ricoh Arena after rent disputes caused them to play the 2013–14 season at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton.

Who's the Gaffer?

Tony Mowbray. Mowbray took over at Coventry in March 2015 after Steven Pressley left the club. The Sky Blues were delighted to secure the services of the experienced Mowbray, who agreed a two-year contract and was appointed boss on a permanent basis in May 2015. Tony began is career in football as a player at Middlesborough, where he spent nine years making over 300 appearances. He moved onto Celtic in 1991 where he spent four years, before finally moving onto Ipswich in 1995 where he ended his playing career.   

Mowbray began his managerial career at Ipswich Town as their Interim Manager in 2002. He got his break 18 months later when he was appointed Manager at Hibernian. He returned to England in 2006 to take the position of Manager of West Brom replacing Bryan Robson. In 2008 he guided the Baggies to the Championship title. A year on West Brom were relegated from the Premier League and Mowbray left to spend a season at Celtic. In 2010 he rejoined his boyhood club Middlesborough replacing Gordon Strachan. Mowbray guided the side to Championship safety, having joined the club when they were 22nd in the league. They finished the season well, finishing 12th in the league table. He stayed at Boro for three years before moving onto the Sky Blues. 

Who’s the star player?

Captain Jim O’Brein, was last season’s stand out man. O’Brien bagged the prestigious Player of the Year award as well as Goal of the Season, receiving a whooping 73% of the vote for his goal against Walsall. O'Brien had a successful first season with Coventry having made 48 appearances, scoring six goals. In his ten-year playing career, O’Brien has enjoyed spells at Celtic, Dunfermline, Dundee, Motherwell and Barnsley.

Any links?

Nathan Cameron is a Coventry City Academy graduate. Nathan made his way through Coventry’s youth system in 2009 and went onto make 52 appearances for the Sky Blues before he was released in April 2013 by Steven Pressley. Chris Hussey and Leon Clarke have also had spells with the West Midlands club.

About the ground

Coventry City moved into the Ricoh Arena in 2005. The stadium holds over 30,000, making it one of the biggest in Sky Bet League 1. When the Shakers make the 234 mile round-trip we will be housed in the South Stand (Blocks 6 & 7) towards the corner with the Lloydspharmacy Stand. Around 3,000 supporters can be seated in this area. 

vs record

Games won: 16

Games drawn: 8

Games lost: 17

What are the current odds on Coventry getting promoted next season?

 League One this coming season. Sky BetCoventry are priced at 15/2 to gain promotion from 

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