Sky Blues left deflated after Mark Robins departure

By Steve Carpenter Thursday 14 February 2013 Updated: 18/02 12:24

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THE SKY Blues have been left deflated and let down after manager Mark Robins was confirmed as the new manager of Huddersfield Town this morning.

The 43-year-old quit just five months after replacing Andy Thorn after the Sky Blues reluctantly accepted a second approach by the Championship strugglers.

And despite a last minute plea by chief executive Tim Fisher, Robins spent most of yesterday (Wednesday) in discussions and was announced as Simon Grayson's replacement at the Galpharm Stadium.

First team coach Steve Taylor departs the Ricoh Arena with Robins while Lee Carsley and Steve Ogrizovic have taken charge of training.

“To say we are disappointed is an understatement,” said Fisher. “We gave Mark a three-year contract which we saw as a long-term appointment.

“The club went through a very rigorous process in appointing Mark, we believed in him, his management team and felt he was ideally suited to the challenge that we face at Coventry City.

“Mark has been involved in all aspects of club development on and off the field from top to bottom.

“The turnaround in fortunes at the club has vindicated both the faith and trust we showed in Mark and I believe everyone - supporters and players alike - agreed that we are at the start of something very special and exciting.

“So for this departure to happen at the business end of the season and in this manner, is frustrating and disappointing in equal measure for all concerned.

“It is fair to say that we are all deflated by Mark’s decision to go and, equally, I am sure the supporters will feel the same frustration.”

Robins has been linked with several high profile jobs in recent weeks having earned a reputation as one of the country's up-and-coming managers.

His success since taking over at the Ricoh Arena in September last year has been well documented.

An impressive unbeaten run throughout December saw him named as the League One Manager of the Month as he transformed the Sky Blues from relegation candidates to play-off hopefuls.

The club now sit just four points off the top six and have also enjoyed a run to the Northern Area Final of the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

“Over the last few months, we have had several clubs interested in securing Mark's services and we have fought off multiple approaches. We made every effort to ensure he stayed with us.

“Once it became obvious that there was no way forward we had no choice but to eventually allow him to speak to Huddersfield.”

The process of finding a placement is now under way with Phil Brown and Steven Pressley being heavily linked to the vacancy.

“I understand that our supporters will be angry and disappointed because they have seen a dramatic turnaround in on-pitch fortunes and performances in the short space of time that Mark has been here.

“However, we must remember that we used Mark's appointment to put long term processes and frameworks in place at Ryton to uplift and improve the whole playing side of the club.

“That effort involved other staff such as Steve Waggott who have played a significant part in the turnaround - so despite Mark's exit we remain in very good shape behind the scenes.

“We must now move on. The club comes first. We are acutely aware of the style of manager we want and we will start the process for appointing a replacement with immediate effect.

“Everyone has been able to see the potential we have here at Coventry City and in the last months we have taken massive strides forward. We owe it to the supporters of this great club to make sure the progress continues under our next manager.”

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