Richard Shaw confirmed as Sky Blues assistant

By Steve Carpenter 28/06 Updated: 28/06 10:07

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FORMER Sky Blues defender Richard Shaw had made a return to his former club as assistant manager.

The 43-year-old has been in talks since the weekend after being released by Millwall at the end of last season and Shaw was officially announced as the club's new assistant manager today (Thursday).

He replaces Steve Harrison, who left the club earlier this month.

Shaw will join a managerial team made up of former players including Steve Ogrizovic and Lee Carsley as the Sky Blues look to bounce back to the Championship next season.

"This is a great appointment for the club," said Thorn.

"But it's not an appointment that's all about sentiment. Richard knows the game inside out and wants to come to help us move the club forward and he will be a big part of that.

"I obviously know him from my time at Crystal Palace and I trust him implicitly, which is vitally important, so I am just delighted to have him here at Coventry again."

The signing will come as good news to supporters after Shaw earned an almost legendary status for his committed performances during an 11-year playing career with the Sky Blues.

He joined from Crystal Palace in November 1995 for £1million and became a key player during the club's Premier League era, winning the Player of the Year award in 1999.

Shaw stood by the Sky Blues following their relegation in 2001 and went on to make 362 appearances with just one memorable goal to his name - a 25-yard screamer against Gillingham in 2004.

His loyal service was recognised with a testimonial against Celtic at the Ricoh in April 2006.

Shaw comes to the Ricoh from Millwall where he was reserve team manager after retiring following a spell at the New Den in 2008.

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