The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Ben Baker

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.

SPRUCED UP: Tony Mow­bray

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