Coventry City Assemble An Eight-Man Manager Shortlist

Mick Bates by Mick Bates / 26 February 2015, 11:24

Steven PressleyCoventry City continue their hunt for a new manager following the sacking of Steven Pressley earlier this week (the club have now gone through 12 managers in the thirteen years since the sacking of Gordon Strachan back in September 2001).

The Sky Blues chief executive Steve Waggot has confirmed that he has processed through the 87 applications that he has received for the vacancy and assembled a short list of eight manager's ready to interview.

The CEO has stated that his criteria for selecting a successor to Pressley will be with a manager that has a proven track record and have win ratios of over 40% to help the struggling League One side secure their future in the division and avoid relegation. The Sky Blues are currently sitting in the 21st spot in the table with 33 points, one point away from safety after playing 31 games so far this season.

From the top three names currently in contention for the next Coventry City manager market, the favourite is former Boro boss Tony Mowbray who just fits in the criteria with a win rate of 43%, current second favourite Greg Abott also just scrapes in with a 42% win ratio, however looking at his time with just Carlisle it was down to just 34% and Coventry City's current caretaker manager Dave Hockaday is ruled out as he is on a lowly 33%!

If they were to reach League Two it would be the first time since 1959 that the club had hit the bottom tier of the Football League.

It would be fair to say that Coventry have not prospered in recent years, since the side were taken over by hedge fund SISU in 2007 they have been relegated from the Championship, had two separate 10 point penalties for entering administration, moved to Northampton (and come back) and have appointed six managers.

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