The 2000s brought a slow and steady decline for The Sky Blues from the Premier League to League Two but under Mark Robins their stock is on the rise again following two promotions in three years.

After a 14-game unbeaten run they led League One by five points when the season was curtailed in March, thus returning to the second tier for the first time since 2012.

A narrow opening day defeat to Bristol City, preceded victory over QPR and a draw at Barnsley. Robins' side went into the break on the back of a 3-1 loss at home to AFC Bournemouth.

Last season's top scorer Matt Godden has picked up where he left off with three goals in four outings this term while new signings Callum O'Hare (pictured above) and Gustavo Hamer have impressed in the early weeks of the season.


Rico Henry missed the defeat to Preston North End, a game which saw Christian Norgaard withdrawn early on through injury, while Shandon Baptiste hasn't featured since mid-September.

For Coventry, the above-mentioned Hamer is suspended while skipper Liam Kelly could return for the first time since the opening day. Jodi Jones, Brandon Mason, (both knee) and Julien Dacosta (ankle) are definitely out while Wes Jobello, Marcel Hilssner, and Ben Wilson all featured for City's Under-23s this afternoon.


Mark Robins, the man whose FA Cup Third Round goal against Nottingham Forest in January 1990 went down in legend as the saving of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, played more than 400 domestic games, scoring 124 goals, before stepping into management in 2005. As a player he won an FA Cup, Charity Shield, European Cup Winners' Cup and European Super Cup in the early 1990s at Old Trafford as well as the League Cup with Leicester City in 1997.

The former England Under-21 international began his managerial career with Rotherham United before moving onto Barnsley in 2009. Earning a reputation as a relegation firefighter, Robins led the Tykes away from danger during his first season in charge and performed a repeat act during a short spell with Coventry City in 2011/12. He then kept Huddersfield Town up on the final day of the 2012/13 season before an 18-month spell in charge of Scunthorpe United. A move back to Coventry in March 2017 brought about Robins' first silverware as a manager. He won the EFL Trophy a month later and then earned Coventry's first promotion in 51 years through the 2017/18 League Two Play-Offs. Last season saw a further promotion back to the second tier as well as an LMA Manager of the Year prize for the 50-year-old.


⚖ Andy Woolmer will be the man in charge tomorrow

🆚 Coventry Telegraph's Andy Turner previews The Sky Blues



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