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11 years of turmoil - The managers

By Matthew Bates 26/04 Updated: 02/05 15:33

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A LOOK back at the ten managers of Coventry City during their 11-year stay in English football's second tier.

Gordon Strachan - 1995 to September 2001

Led the club to a highest of 11th in the Premier League but was at the helm when City's long stay came to an end. He was sacked just five games into the season.

Roland Nilsson - September 2001 to May 2002

One of the club’s most popular players in recent memory, the Swede was himself sacked in the final month of a season which had seen 20 wins, 20 defeats and an 11th place finish.

He went back to Scandinavia to reignite his career in the dugout but after strong spells with Swedish clubs he was sacked as boss of Danish champions FC Copenhagen in January.

Gary McAllister - April 2002 to December 2003

Unlike his playing career, the Scot’s spell in management was not a successful one. Poor performances on the field were out-shadowed by tragic events off it and the majestic midfielder resigned to spend time to with his ill wife in late 2003.

Eric Black - December 2003 to May 2004

After a promising spell as caretaker manager, where he brought the Sky Blues to life with an attacking blend of football, Black was given the role permanently.

He became a popular figure with the Sky Blues faithful but was ousted to make way for the veteran Peter Reid.

Black later worked with Steve Bruce at Wigan, Birmingham and Sunderland and is now assistant at Blackburn Rovers, who are fronted by Steve Kean, another former Sky Blues’ assistant.

Peter Reid - June 2004 to January 2005

The controversial appointment did not last long after Reid's side lost more games than they won.

Like many of his successors, the job was to be his last for a lengthy spell.

He made a surprise return to management in 2008 with Thailand before steering a cash-strapped Plymouth Argyle to League Two football last year. He was sacked in September.

Micky Adams - January 2005 to January 2007

Former Leicester boss Micky Adams was the man who led the Sky Blues to their shiny new home at the Ricoh Arena in 2005. Under his stewardship the club achieved its best ever position in the Championship with an eighth-place finish that season – albeit 12 points off a play-off place.

But his tenure turned sour a season later and he was sacked after an FA Cup defeat to Bristol City.

Adams is now at Port Vale for a second spell after disappointing tenures at Brighton and hometown club Sheffield United.

Iain Dowie - February 2007 to February 2008

Took over after leaving Crystal Palace, who he had guided into the Premier League two years earlier. He steered the club away from relegation and made numerous signings in the summer, prompting hope within the Sky Blue Army. He was also at the helm as City pulled off a famous 2-0 triumph against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup.

But it was another short-lived appointment and Dowie was relieved of his duties just a year into the job. Future roles at QPR and Hull City were even shorter than that at the Sky Blues.

Chris Coleman - February 2008 to May 2010

The well-liked Welshman joined City after a poor spell at the helm of Spanish side Real Sociedad.

Like Dowie, Coleman ensured survival in his first season but struggled in the next, and although his side survived by the skin of their teeth in 2010, he was sacked after a 4-0 home defeat to Watford on the final day.

He took up roles as a television pundit before being chosen as Wales manager following the shock suicide of former boss Gary Speed last year.

Aidy Boothroyd - June 2010 to March 2011

One of Boothroyd's first moves as boss was to recruit jailbird Marlon King - a move which split the City faithful. His style of play didn't go down well either - with some fans branding him Aidy Hoofroyd - and signings such as Clive Platt suited his direct approach to the beautiful game.

The former Watford boss was another to not last a year and he was sacked with the club sitting perilously close to relegation.

He now manages Northampton Town, who ironically survived the drop from League Two on Saturday, the same day the Sky Blues learnt their fate.

Andy Thorn - March 2011 to ?

City's chief scout was catapulted into the top job and his attractive style became popular with the Ricoh masses. But more problems off the pitch and a stretched squad meant the inexperienced boss could do little but experience just the second relegation in the modern era.

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