Coventry City: Steven Pressley signs four-year Sky Blues deal

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley
Steven Pressley took charge of his first home match at the Ricoh Arena in 503 days on Friday night

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley has signed a new four-year deal with the club, just five days after the League One side's return to the Ricoh Arena.

The 40-year-old ex-Scotland centre-half signed a three-and-a-half-year deal when he joined from Falkirk in 2013.

But he has now committed his future to the Sky Blues until 2018.

Pressley, who had a season as a player at Highfield Road in 1994-95, took over at City following Mark Robins' resignation to join Huddersfield Town.

"We've worked extremely hard over the last 18 months," he said. And, slowly but surely, we're seeing things turn around.

Steven Pressley's path to football fame
Born Elgin, October 1973. Began his playing career with Rangers
Signed for Coventry City for £630,000 by Phil Neal in 1994, scoring one goal in his 19 appearances - against Manchester United.
Moved back north of the border to Dundee United in 1995, then in 1998 to Hearts, where he also had a short spell as caretaker manager.
Moved to Celtic in 2006 then had a spell with Randers in Denmark before ending his playing days at Falkirk. Ended up with 32 caps for Scotland.
Was assistant manager at Falkirk before being appointed boss in February 2010, taking over from Eddie May, with the club three points adrift at the foot of the Scottish Premier Division table.
Moved back south to Coventry in March 2013 - but, although the club stayed in city on a daily basis at their Ryton training round, most of Pressley's home games have been in exile in Northampton.

"We've got a new generation of players coming through and we've changed the culture at the football club which takes time. It has been a huge factor in signing the deal.

"I'm really proud to sign a new contract and my ambition is to make our supporters feel proud of the football club in the future. There is so much hard work still ahead. The journey to success has only just begun."

After defying a 10-point penalty at the start of last season, Pressley guided the Sky Blues away from the threat of relegation to finish 18th in the third tier, four points clear of the drop zone.

He has since reshaped his squad this summer with 10 new signings - and City have made a solid start to the new season.

Friday night's 1-0 win over Gillingham, on their return to the Ricoh after a year in exile at Northampton, stretched their unbeaten run to six games, lifting them to eighth in the league.

Assistant manager Neil MacFarlane and Under-21s coach Darren Murray have also signed new deals.