COVENTRY City have today confirmed that manager Mark Robins has agreed an improved contract after receiving an approach from League One rivals Sunderland on Wednesday.
The Black Cats had wanted to speak with Robins about their managerial vacancy after Jack Ross’s departure – which City subsequently rejected.
The club opened discussions on Wednesday with Robins about a “new and improved contract”, which was agreed on Thursday evening.
Robins told the CCFC website: “On the back of the approach from Sunderland, the club reacted really quickly with a new contract offer and I am grateful to them for that.
“I had no intention of leaving – when I spoke to Dave (Dave Boddy, Coventry City chief executive), I was unequivocal in my desire to stay. We agreed it all within 24 hours and I’m delighted to accept the new contract.
“I’m fully invested in this process and this club. Everyone knows the feelings I have – I have got this club in my heart and want to continue the progress we have made.
“The challenges we have faced together we have met head on and will continue to do so for the betterment of the club.
“Our immediate aim is to get into the Championship, and to come back to Coventry as soon as possible for our supporters.
“I am delighted to commit my future to Coventry City Football Club. I am really happy with how the club have handled this so quickly, which was really important to me, and I would like to thank Dave Boddy, Tim Fisher and Joy Seppala for their support in this.”
Boddy said: “We are delighted that Mark has agreed a new contract with Coventry City Football Club, as will all supporters be too.
“Interest from elsewhere is a compliment to the excellent job that Mark has done at this club, in spite of trying circumstances at times.
“That Mark has committed to this new contract shows his affection for the club and its supporters, and the dedication he has to continuing the great work he has started here.”
“We have all worked extremely hard in the last 24 hours to make this happen and I would like to thank the owners for showing their further support and ambition towards the club”
“I would also like to thank Sunderland for the respectful way that they have approached the matter, which is refreshing.”
The CCFC website adds: “As a result of Mark agreeing his new contract, the club will immediately discuss a new contract with assistant manager Adi Viveash, who plays a vital role in the management team.”
Robins returned to Coventry City two years ago in time for a Checkatrade Trophy victory at Wembley, the first since 1987, before winning bounce-back promotion from League Two and competing well in League two last season, with entertaining young teams, despite trying off-field circumstances which has led to home games being played at St Andrew’s, Birmingham.
He also told the CCFC website today: “I can honestly say unequivocally that I’m totally happy here. I love it here and the supporters are brilliant with me, we’ve done well since I walked through the door and turned things around, and I couldn’t have left.
“I’m delighted that the club have just nipped it in the bud quickly and we can just get on with things because the most important thing is the game on Sunday in front of the Sky cameras.
“I think the players can take a lot of confidence from it because you’re only getting approached because of the players and the way they’re playing and they can take the confidence from that, and I’m delighted with that.
“I’m really pleased with that and the most important thing is that we’re bouncing back from a poor performance and bad defeat last week.
“But the confidence they would gain from that is they’re doing something right a lot of the time because you only get approached if that is the case so I’m delighted to commit, and we can just get on with it.”