Pressley named Coventry manager

08 March 2013 12:16

Former Scotland defender Steven Pressley was on Friday confirmed as the new manager of English third-tier club Coventry City on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Coventry were granted permission to hold discussions with the Falkirk boss on Wednesday and have now finalised a deal which sees Pressley become the club's third permanent manager of the season.

The 39-year-old, who briefly played for the Sky Blues in the Premier League in 1994-95, is the permanent replacement to Mark Robins, who joined Huddersfield Town last month.

Pressley arrives at the Ricoh Arena to take charge of a financially-stricken Coventry side -- who have had to pay Scottish First Division Falkirk an undisclosed compensation package -- still boasting an outside chance of a play-off place.

The Scot is the fifth person to have managed City this season following Robins, Andy Thorn, who was sacked in late August, and caretaker bosses Richard Shaw and Lee Carsley.

The latter has won three and lost two of his five matches at the helm in recent weeks.

Of Pressley, Coventry's development director Steve Waggott said: "He's a hungry and highly ambitious young manager and we have all been very impressed with him and his record so far.

"We wanted someone who could come in and hit the ground running because we have 10 very important games left this season.

"But we also wanted somebody who would take us forward into the future and prioritise youth development and the club's role in the community."

Pressley, who played for several Scottish sides including Rangers and Celtic, had been in charge of Falkirk since February 2010 and leaves the club before they are due to face Hibernian in the Scottish Cup semi-finals next month.

Source: AFP