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Focus On: Coventry City

15 June 2016

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The Sky Blues narrowly missed out on the Play-Offs last term

Founded: 1883
Stadium: Ricoh Arena
Capacity: 32, 609
Manager: Tony Mowbray
Last Season: Eighth in League One

The 2016/17 season will be Coventry City’s fifth campaign in the third-tier of English football, after concluding last term in eighth place.

Coventry will be hoping that a promotion push can materialise over the course of the forthcoming season, having faded away in the closing weeks to miss out on a Play-Off spot in the division.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on the end of season Play-Offs, current manager Tony Mowbray has steadied the ship at the Ricoh Arena, after initially preserving Coventry’s League One status upon his appointment in March 2015.

Born in Saltburn, Mowbray started his playing career with his boyhood side, Middlesbrough, in 1982, and in 1986 – he was made captain of the Teesside outfit.

In his nine-years at Ayresome Park, Mowbray helped the Boro to successive promotions in 1986/87 and 1987/88.

He left Middlesbrough after making 348 appearances in favour of a move to Celtic in 1991, where the tough-tackling defender spent four years with the Hoops.

A move back down south was next on the agenda for Mowbray, who subsequently spent five-years with Ipswich Town, before hanging up his boots in 2000 – after 554 appearances over an 18-year career in the professional game.

Following retirement, Mowbray returned to Ipswich Town as a coach, filling in as caretaker for the Tractor Boys in 2002, following the departure of George Burley.

In May 2004, he took charge of Scottish side Hibernian before returning to England to take over a West Bromwich Albion two-years later.

Brief spells at the Baggies and then a managerial post at Celtic followed, with Mowbray returning to where it all began in October 2010 – taking the vacant post with Middlesbrough, a position that he would hold at the Riverside Stadium for three-years. 

After leaving Boro in October 2013, he would be out of the professional game for over a year, prior to taking up the position at Coventry in March last year, on a contract which was until the end of that season.

The 52-year-old agreed to stay on as manager last summer, and guided the Midlands club to just the outskirts of the top six in the third tier.

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