September 28th, 2016

Tony Mowbray keen to stay after Sky Blues survival

Updated: 4:30 pm, May 12, 2015

TONY Mowbray is hoping he is given the tools to take on the job and lead the Sky Blues towards promotion next season.

A 2-1 victory over Crawley Town on the final day of the 2014/15 campaign was enough to secure the club’s League One status for a fourth consecutive season.

Marcus Tudgay and a last minute winner by academy star James Maddison cancelled out Mathias Pogba’s opener which meant Crawly were relegated.

Mowbray’s task when he replaced Steven Pressley back in March was to keep the Sky Blues in the division.

And now the former West Brom and Celtic boss is hoping to commit his long term future at the Ricoh Arena in a bid to get win promotion back to the Championship.

“I’m relived for the club.” said Mowbray. “If the starting point is League Two than it’s a lot harder to start than being in League One.

“Hopefully this is the lowest that the club ever gets. I’ll hopefully be having positive discussions with the owners this week.

“I want us to become a more professional outfit, some things have to change, but we have the summer now to start planning for a more successful season next time out.

“I want to enjoy the project and hopefully now we can start getting the wheels in motion.”

It proved to be a nail-biting finale for the 1,700 Sky Blues fans who made the long trip down south.

A penalty miss just before half-time by Nick Proschwitz was made worse when Pogba fired the hosts in front.

Results elsewhere pushed Mowbray’s side down to within just one goal of slipping into the relegation zone.

But Tudgay and Maddison saved the day and Mowbray was pleased to have got the job done.

“We’ve shown resilience away from home and it was the same on Sunday.” he added. “I always thought we would get something from the game, even at 1-0 down.

“We have very hard working players and they have battled. But with respect, we should be going to Crawley and winning, going to Fleetwood and winning.

“You have to have the infrastructure and the tools for everything to start happening. But one thing we do have is incredible support.

“The away fans here were immense, just like they have been since my time here. They kept behind the team and I’m glad we’ve sent them home with smiles on their faces.”

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