Coventry City - A club without a home and now no manager

Mick Bates by Mick Bates / 05 March 2017, 16:38

In future years when students will be referencing on how not to run a football club, a picture of Coventry City Football Club will surely be the main image. The club has now parted ways with manager Russell Slade after just 13 games in charge.

The former Charlton and Cardiff City Boss took over with the Sky Blues on 19 points with 22 games played, sitting just inside the relegation zone. He exits, with the club rooted firmly to the bottom of League One with a lowly 26 points.

His record reads W1 D4 L8, which results in a simply staggering win rate of just 7.70%. Unless there is a run of clubs above them being docked points the Sky Blues are sadly heading down to League Two, their first return to the football league's fourth tier since the 1958/59 season. However, despite all this the club is on their way to Wembley on April 2nd to face Oxford United in the Checkatrade Trophy, having dispatched the likes of Northampton Town, West Ham Academy and Wycombe Wanderers along the way.

Since their exit from the Premier League in 2001 the club has gradually slid down the leagues and have not once mounted a successful challenge to gain promotion. They have in fact not finished a season higher than 7th place since 1988/89. Their closest effort to move up a division was last season under the guidance of the departed Tony Mowbray when they finished in a respectable 8th place, missing out of the play-offs by five points following their implosion in the latter half of the season.

The Sky Blues are now on the hunt for a new manager to help "rescue" their season and also to help guide them to their first piece of silverware since they gloriously defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in 1987 to claim the FA Cup.

Names in the frame to take on the vacancy at the Ricoh Arena include former player Sam Ricketts, ex- gaffers Mark Venus and Mark Robins and also former Rotherham boss Kenny Jackett. Whoever steps in the role to be the next Coventry City manager will have to contend with a dejected team, dejected fans and owners who don't seem to care.

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