SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR MOWBRAY
NEW Coventry boss Tony Mowbray has vowed to bring back the good times after being unveiled as Steven Pressley’s successor this week.
The former West Brom, Celtic and Middlesbrough boss oversaw his first game in charge yesterday when Port Vale visited the Ricoh Arena – a fixture preceded by a dismal run of one win in nine.
And though the 51-yearold’s immediate brief is to steer the Sky Blues away from the League One trapdoor, he hopes to rekindle the spirit of ‘87 when topflight Coventry beat Tottenham to lift the FA Cup.
“I am a football romantic at heart and Coventry City, to me, means the Keith Houchen header in 1987, big Killer, Brian Kilcline, playing at the back and players with the quality of Gary McAllister,” he said.
“That may seem like a world away right now but just as my fire began to burn again, I want to do the same for the supporters of this great club.
“I know the immediate brief is avoiding relegation but my ambition is to get this club back where it should be. Maybe a decade or so ago that would have been the Premier League.
“Now, with the way football has changed, I believe this club should be at least in the Championship and should be one of those teams pushing for promotion
to the Premier League. I look at clubs like Southampton and Norwich and think why not? The opportunity is there.
“But more than that, I want to give the supporters of Coventry a team they can be proud of. A team that they will tell their mates down the pub is an attractive one to watch, wants to play with the ball and score goals.”
Mowbray is set to be welcomed by a bumper crowd for Tuesday night’s visit of Bradford with the club selling two-for-one tickets.
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