Well, it’s actually been a good last few days for Coventry City. It’s not often that anything positive happens at the club to be honest, but after a win versus high-flying MK Dons and SISU filing our accounts on time (for once), the icing was smothered over the cake with the appointment of Tony Mowbray. He’d been bookies favourite for the majority of the time, and pending him signing on the dotted line, he will become the new Sky Blues manager.
Since his name was mentioned early on I was thinking ‘I’ll take him at City any day’, so to actually get him is pleasing. I’ll be honest, I maybe thought that he would be out of our reach, a bit too high calibre if you like. Credit must go the club for getting him in, hopefully it’s the first step in the right direction. The reaction on Twitter has been extremely positive, which can only leave me thinking that the appointment will draw a few of the fans back, which can only be a good thing.
Let’s take a look at the stats…
He boasts a win percentage of 43.11% so far in his managerial career which is a very promising statistic. To have attracted a manager with Tony’s experience and stature is a great coup. It’s nice to have a gaffer who has a promotion on his CV, which came after he won the Championship title with West Bromwich Albion in the 2007/2008 season. Furthermore, he did a decent job at Middlesbrough too so there is hope for us here.
With an appointment like this I can only think ‘is this the first step of a road back for this club?’. I know it’s very early to say, but SISU must have done something to persuade him to join up, maybe they will back him with actual money? You know, that paper stuff you buy players with… If they do, I really believe he could be the man to get us out of this league in the long term. Steven Pressley has laid foundations and sorted a lot of problems out off the pitch, and if Mowbray takes advantage of this he could do well here. He’s a manager who wants to take this club back to where it belongs, and that’s certainly not League One…
He received many plaudits for the way he likes to get his teams playing, with free-flowing attacking football proving to be his style. That’s something that sounds like an exciting prospect to us Sky Blue fans, maybe we can start enjoying some exciting football and really get our money’s worth. Despite this, we’ve got to look at the immediate though, and with the game against Barnsley coming up (which MacFarlane will take charge of), we need 3 points! Mowbray then has 14 cup finals to keep this club up, then we can build next season!
It’s time to get behind the new gaffer and the lads, we want to stay up? The lads need the support… Let’s back them to the hilt!