22nd Oct, 2017

Steven Pressley holds no grudges ahead of Sky Blues reunion

Steve Carpenter 8th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE SKY Blues will come up against former boss Steven Pressley this Saturday after the likeable Scot was named as Fleetwood Town’s new manager earlier this week.

The 41-year-old signed a two-year deal to replace Coventry-born Graham Alexander, who was sacked from the Highbury hotseat at the end of last month.

Fleetwood chairman, Andy Pilley, said Pressley had ‘stood out’ from the other candidates following his spells with Hearts and Coventry City, where he had to work under a tight budget at both clubs.

And although Pressley will be looking to get one over on his former club, the former defender holds no grudges after being sacked by the Sky Blues back in February.

“I’ve got great memories there, a fantastic raport,” Pressley told the Blackpool Gazette.

“We came through some unbelievably challenging moments there. It’s a great football club, we had some great people.

“It has a great fanbase and I’m delighted to see they’ve started the season in the fashion they have.

“We worked tirelessly, we had to cut the budget by 60 per cent, we had to bring in young players, we put a lot of practices in place and I’m delighted to see that work being carried on by Tony (Mowbray).”

Several first team players were rested for the trip to Yeovil in mid-week, where the Sky Blues were knocked out of the Johnstone Paint Trophy on penalties.

The likes of Reda Johnson, Chris Stokes and Romain Vincelot are all expected to return to Mowbray’s starting line-up.

The Sky Blues however will be without Adam Armstrong, Ryan Kent and Bryn Morris who remain on international duty with England.

This could mean a shift in formation for Mowbray who is likely to give Marc-Antoine Fortune another start in attack, although he does have Marcus Tudgay itching for another start.

Jim O’Brien is also likely to keep his place in the side.

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