The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

RON Atkinson be­lieves Coven­try City’s sup­port will pro­vide the edge for them this sea­son, and that fi­nally the hap­less West Mid­lands club can start head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

The 78-year-old, who was at the helm of Manch­ester United be­fore Sir Alex Ferguson joined in 1986, knows Sky Blues’ new man­ager Mark Robins from his days at Old Traf­ford when Robins was part of the Red Devils’ academy.

And the ex-Coven­try boss has faith that Robins’ qual­i­ties can re­verse City’s down­ward slide.

“I know Mark Robins very well, knew him as a kid at Manch­ester United and I know his virtues, which he had as a player, be­ing hon­est and hard work­ing,” said Atkinson

“I would bet they will be the high­est sup­ported club in League Two this sea­son, I can’t think any­one else will get near them.

“They will cer­tainly get the 10s and 12,000s if they do well which, at that level, is go­ing to be the best.

“I think that this year will be the start of an up­ward trend for them.

“It will take them a long time to get into the higher reaches again but it has to start some­where and I think it starts now.”

BACK­ING: Ron Atkinson

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