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Tony Mowbray resigns as Coventry City manager

mowbray-tonyTony Mowbray has today resigned as manager of Coventry City, after 18 months in charge at The Ricoh Arena.

Replacing Steven Pressley on March 3rd 2015, Mowbray saved the Club from suffering relegation to League Two at the end of 2014/2015 Season, before embarking on his one full season in charge.

Leading The Sky Blues to the top of League One at the start of 2015/2016, culminating with a 4-1 thrashing of Gillingham at home in November 2015.

However things would quickly turn sour, and since that 4-1 victory in November 2015, The Sky Blues would only go on to win a further seven league games – all of which came in 2015/2016.

Mowbray leaves The Sky Blues with the Club winless in their first ten league games of 2016/2017, resulting in them being four points adrift at the bottom of the League One table. Mowbray has guided the side to two wins this season, however they were over Portsmouth and West Ham Under 23’s in cup competition.

“The table doesn’t lie,” Mowbray, 52, told BBC Sport, following Wednesday’s 2-2 home draw with AFC Wimbledon, which proved his final game in charge.

It’s embarrassing to go 10 games without a win. I’m an honourable guy.

“I won’t be a burden to this club. I know this club needs every penny.

“I see some shoots of hope. The players work extremely hard, but it’s a man’s game,” added the Yorkshireman. “They’re babies in a man’s league.

“I probably let them down by not getting in the big 6ft 4in centre-half we were after, who could have been a man and help us keep clean sheets.

“We knew what the budget was but we didn’t get our targets. You can’t build a club off loans. They have to invest in footballers they can keep and build on.

“It’s important that this group of players get support. I have not seen a team better than us this season but, if you can’t put them in and you can’t keep them out, you’re going to struggle.

“If they stick together, with the support of people, they can. The club needs to grasp the opportunity of keeping their young players.”

In his reign as manager of Coventry City manager, Tony Mowbray won 26 games, drew 24 and lost 26 in his 76 matches.

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