Andy Thorn likely to stay on as Coventry City caretaker manager until end of season

Mick Bates by Mick Bates / 17 March 2011, 10:20

Following the sacking of Aidy Boothroyd by Coventry City Chairman Ray Ranson on March 14th the team have been under joint caretaker managers of first team coach Steve Harrison and Chief Scout Andy Thorn, Harrison is responsible for the coaching side whilst Thorn is in charge of team selection and tactics. In the betting odds for the next Coventry City manager Harrison is currently showing at odds of 9/1 whilst Thorn has emerged as one of the favourites and is currently at odds of 5/1 to be named the next boss. Although this is Thorns first turn at a management role he played the game for 14 years and whilst at Newcastle he was a team mate of Coventry City Chairman Ray Ranson.

The duo started off their caretaker role positively when Coventry managed to secure a vital point against Burnley away from home on Tuesday night but again the side allowed a late equaliser to rob them off the much needed 3 points on offer.

Ranson has stated that if the duo of Thorn and Harrison can produce decent results in their first two games then they could stay in the role until the end of the current season, speaking to the Press Association the chairman said "After Saturday there's an international break so we've got a couple of weeks to take stock and see where we are. But it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that if we won the next two games then the boys would be in charge until the end of the season."

As the end of the season approaches the board at the Ricoh Arena may be wise to wait until the close season before they rush in to appoint a new manager as with just 9 games left to go in the current season. If Thorn can continue Coventry's non losing streak (currently standing at one game) they will be safe from the heading towards the relegation zone. Coventry are currently sitting in 19th place in the Npower Championship with 42 points from 37 games and 8 points away from the danger zone. Presently the odds of them being relegated down to League One are slim at odds of 10/1 with Victor Chandler but with so many other teams in the league in a similar position, anything can happen.

Coventry's next game will be away against bottom club Preston, the Sky Blues are at odds of 23/10 to win at Deepdale, the draw is at 21/20 and a home win for struggling Preston is at odds of 2/1.

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