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.
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.
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.
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
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.