Mark Robins: Ex-Coventry City boss returns as manager to replace sacked Russell Slade

Mark Robins
Mark Robins is set to manage Coventry in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley on 2 April

Coventry City have reappointed Mark Robins as their manager, a day after relieving previous boss Russell Slade of his duties.

Robins, 47, has returned to the Sky Blues for his second spell as manager, having been in charge between 2012 and 2013 before leaving for Huddersfield.

He has rejoined Coventry, who are bottom of League One, on a contract "beyond the current season".

Slade was sacked on Sunday with the club 13 points adrift of safety.

The 56-year-old only won three of his 16 games in charge, but did steer them to the final of the EFL Trophy at Wembley, where they will play Oxford United on 2 April.

"I know the club well," Robins told the club website.external-link "It has been especially difficult to watch the struggles of this season from afar.

"My aim is to provide a change of fortune in the long term, and build a team not only for now, but for the future of Coventry City."

Robins has also brought back his former Sky Blues assistant Steve Taylor to once again become his number two.

Taylor also previously worked with Robins as his number two at Rotherham United, Barnsley, Scunthorpe, before a recent spell with his old club Derby County.

Under-23s coach Nicky Eaden, former skipper Sam Ricketts and club legend Steve Ogrizovic, the goalkeeping coach, make up the backroom staff.

Robins' return to football management

Former Barnsley and Rotherham boss Robins left Huddersfield in August 2014 after a 4-0 home defeat by Bournemouth in their first match of the Championship season.

He took over at Scunthorpe in October 2014, but was sacked in January 2016 with the club six points above the League One relegation zone.

After missing out on the play-offs last season, Coventry started this troubled campaign with Tony Mowbray in charge.

But he resigned on 29 September and technical director Mark Venus had a 12-game spell as interim boss before Slade was appointed on 21 December.

Having become the fourth different man in charge this season, Robins' first match back as manager of the Sky Blues is at home against fifth-placed Bradford City on Saturday.

Not including caretaker appointments, City have changed manager nine times since owners Sisu took over the club in 2007.

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