Thorn appointed As expected, Andy Thorn has been given the role of permanent manager of Coventry City FC. Thorn had the full backing of the players and the Board announced the news this lunch-time. City Chairman Ken Dulieu said to the club website: "This is extremely good news for all involved with Coventry City. The evidence of how Andy has turned the team around has been there for all to see. "It is never easy taking over a losing side towards the end of a season and turning it around, but that is just what Andy has managed to do - and do it in style. "The players clearly believe in the way he wants the side to play, and there has been very positive feedback from supporters on the style of football they have been watching. "This will be a major appointment for the club, and supporters will have fully expected us to explore every avenue. "But since the last manager left the club, Andy had quietly got on with the job and produced the results which pulled us away from the relegation zone to a position of safety in the Championship. "He made himself the outstanding candidate despite the high quality of applicants we received and we could not be more delighted. He has got the job on merit and it was a unanimous decision among the board. "The next stage of the process will be coming to terms with, and the assembling of Andy's backroom staff."