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Steven Pressley commits his future to the Sky Blues

Coventry Editorial 15th Sep, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SKY Blues boss Steven Pressley is targeting success with the Sky Blues after ending any doubt over his future by signing a new four-year deal.

The likeable Scot and his assistant Neil MacFarlane will remain with the League One club until 2018 while the club’s under-21s head coach Darren Murray has also signed a new contract.

A move back to the Ricoh Arena was seen by many as the deciding factor behind Pressley’s decision to stay after being linked with the recent vacancy at Huddersfield Town.

And the former Falkirk manager is targeting promotion to the Championship where he feels the club belongs.

He said: “I have always felt that there is huge potential for Coventry City.

“We’ve only just begun to scratch the surface in the 18 months that we have been here and I look forward to continuing the job we’ve started.

“I was so proud to lead the club out at the Ricoh Arena last Friday night and it brought home to everyone just how much Coventry City Football Club means to the people and the community of Coventry.

“I am delighted that Neil and Darren have also signed new contracts too and I now have the opportunity, with them and all of the staff here, to deliver the success that the city has been starved of for so long and thoroughly deserves.”

Pressley replaced Mark Robins as manager back in March 2013 after joining from Falkirk and has become a firm favourite with fans for his willingness to simply get on with the job despite all of the recent off-field drama.

His honest assessment of performances and his overall business in the transfer market have made him one of the most promising managers in the country.

And club chief executive Steve Waggott said extending his contract was a key part of the club’s long-term strategy.

He added: “We have a manager whose long-term vision absolutely mirrors that of the football club.

“We want to achieve success on the pitch and, integral to that, is identifying and developing the very best talent around.

“We’ve seen over the past 18 months the positive impact the players from our Academy have had as they have come into the first team and we want to very much continue and expand that model and Steven is front and centre of that.

“He has, quite rightly, become extremely popular with our supporters since taking over as manager. He has faced adversity head-on and, considering the circumstances, did a wonderful job in keeping the club in League One last season.

“His passion, drive and commitment to Coventry City has been clear for all to see over the past year-and-a-half and that really manifested itself at the first game back at the Ricoh Arena.

“We believe the length of contract underlines both his desire to see the job through he has started and also our belief that we have one of the best young managers around.

“Success, however, will not come down to a single individual and it will require everyone at the club, including our supporters, pulling together.”

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