Coventry City Begin Hunt For New Managerby Jack Kitson / 28 August 2012, 09:43Tweet
Coventry City have started the search for their 12th manager since suffering relegation from the top flight back in 2000. On Sunday the Sky Blues became the first Football League club of the new season to dispense of their manager, after sacking Andy Thorn. Richard Shaw and Lee Carsley - who have been placed in temporary charge of the first team - have emerged as the early favourites with Stan James in the Next Coventry City Manager Odds, with former Leeds and Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell also in the mix.
Thorn was expected to be given a bit of time to prove himself in League One following Coventry's relegation from the Championship last season. However, despite starting the new campaign undefeated the board have been unimpressed with the manner of the club's results so far, with the team surrendering leads from all three of their opening league matches. In total Thorn won just 13 of his 60 games in charge during his 16 month spell as manager.
The club's chief executive Tim Fisher has revealed that they will not make a rash decision in finding a replacement for Thorn but has stated they they are keen to find someone who can lead them to promotion. Alongside Shaw, Carsley and Blackwell, other names in contention include Jim Magilton, Sean Dyche and Paul Ince.
Coventry are next in action on Tuesday night at home to Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup. Their Midlands rivals have endured a poor start to the season, picking up just one point from their first three matches, however they did thrash Barnet 5-1 in the first round of the cup. Stan James have made Coventry the 85/4 outsiders for the win, while Birmingham can be backed at 6/5 with a draw available at 12/5.