MARK Robins has asked Coventry City fans to ‘stick with us’ after relegation from League One was confirmed following a 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic.
He also highlighted ambitions to bounce back into League One with promotion next season and into the Championship the following season.
George Thomas’ strike after 27 minutes was matched by Patrick Bauer’s header nine minutes into the second half, which confirmed Coventry’s relegation..
Speaking after the game, Robins said: “It’s frustrating and sad.
“We played well today though we conceded a poor goal from a set piece which should’ve been dealt with.
“We created a load of chances and I’m surprised their keeper was not Man of the Match, he made some fantastic saves. It’s disappointing knowing we’re down.
“I can’t question the lads since I came in. The first three games were hard to try and get some fitness back into the legs.
“But after that they’ve been fantastic. Things can still be better. But for them to turn things around in the space of time they’ve had is amazing.
“Another ten or 15 games and we would’ve turned it around, it’s a crying shame we’ve ran out of games.
“We now have to take this result on the chin, no one feeling sorry for themselves.
“It’s about rebuilding properly and having a good go next season to get us back into this level and then the Championship.
“There’s a huge amount of quality in the young lads. At times today our youngest player on the pitch was 24, they’ve learnt a lot.”
Robins then sent a message to the Coventry fans following relegation.
He said: “Stick with us. The fans have been fantastic.
“At the start of the game when things were thrown onto the pitch it didn’t help us. But I understand.
“We had to get on with things and we did. I though the young players handled the situation well.”