Thorn gets chairman's backing

06 April 2011 08:28
Pat on the back for manager Coventry City caretaker manager Andy Thorn has revealed that the new club chairman Ken Dulieu has been in contact with him to offer his support and to congratulate him on steering the club to their first win. The management duo of Thorn and Steve Harrison, who have taken charge of three games since the sacking of Aidy Boothroyd, have led the side to a 2-2 draw at Burnley, a 2-1 loss at Preston and the 2-0 win at home to Watford. The win was a welcome boost, not only in terms of helping to secure their championship status, but it also boosted confidence and helped lift the gloom after the turmoil that the club has undergone n the last month. When Thorn took over he immediately set about changing the way the team played. He advocated a much more open and attacking style of play which has excited many of the City supporters, who had long complained about the dour, boring long ball game often played under Boothroyd. Thorn said, “We have had loads of feedback and a lot of nice comments from fans and people at the stadium." He was asked if the new chairman Ken Dulieu had spoken to him yet and he replied, "He sent me a nice text after the game." “He came down to see me in person but I was doing the press at the time so I didn’t see him but he sent me a text congratulating me and saying how much he enjoyed the game and how good we played, so that was pleasing and he has phoned me since and reiterated that and said that is the way we want to go." "He came down to the training ground last Friday to introduce himself to the boys and everyone, and we had a little meeting and chat. He has said we need to be in this league and I’m doing everything I can to make sure we get the results to do that.” The question many fans want answered is whether he, or another manager will be appointed as the next Coventry City manager, but Thorn was unable to offer any definitive news. He said, “I am just going to get on with it and we will see what happens.” Thorn, an FA cup winner with Wimbledon and a runner up with Crystal Palace is relishing the new found responsibility and is keen to continue in the role. He continued, “It is exactly what we wanted to do on Saturday, put smiles on the fans’ faces and give them a bit of a treat, but it can’t be a one off." " We want to do that on a consistent basis now. We have got seven games to go and we want to get as many wins out of them as we can and we want to do it the way we believe in and the way we think we are going to get the best out of the players.”


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