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[10 SEP 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Search Begins For New Manager

The Sky Blues have begun their search for a new manager in the wake of Gordon Strachanís departure from Highfield Road.

Swedish defender Roland Nilsson is currently filling the role while chairman Bryan Richardson looks for a suitable replacement.

Harry RedknappFormer West Ham United boss Harry Redknapp is amongst the favourites after leaving Upton Park last season, he did take a director of football position at Portsmouth but is thought to be keen to make a management return.

However, a move to City could be scuppered by the perilous position that Leicester City manager Peter Taylor finds himself in at Filbert Street.

Redknapp has been heavily linked with the East Midlands club and would favour a return to the Premiership ahead of the huge task facing the next City manager.

George GrahamGeorge Graham is another proven manager who has yet to return to football since losing his job last season and is keen to prove Tottenham wrong by returning to the top of the English game.

However, the Scot is unlikely to risk joining a club in such a volatile situation as Coventry, and would probably resist any advances from Richardson.

That may force the chairman to look at poaching a boss from another club and if that happens, Preston manager David Moyes would be top of the shopping list.

David MoyesMoyes is much admired at Highfield Road and is seen as an ideal man to work with young players, a feature of the Coventry first team squad.

A whole array of other potential candidates are being mentioned for the City top spot including Peter Taylor, David Pleat, Micky Adams, Gary Megson, Joe Royle and Bryan Robson.

There will of course be the question of who will want the job and who can City afford.

For the time being Roland Nilsson will be given his chance to impress. He has declared that he will assess the situation after a few games in charge to see if he wants to apply for the job on a permanent basis.

The Swede will certainly face a busy start to his managerial career with three big games against Sheffield United, Manchester City and Portsmouth coming up in seven make-or-break Division One days.
 

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