NEW SKY Blues boss Tony Mowbray wants to take the club’s fans on a journey back to the Championship and beyond.
The 51-year-old has signed a two-year deal to remain in charge at the Ricoh Arena after over a week of intense talks and negotiations with the League One club and its owners Sisu.
The former Middlesbrough and Celtic boss had originally signed a short term deal to keep the Sky Blues in the third tier.
And after completing his first mission, Mowbray has his sights set on promotion next season.
“Now my job is to ensure we stop looking back and we can begin to look forward to a positive future,” said Mowbray, in a written letter to supporters.
“My remit at the end of last season was to ensure survival in League One and, thankfully, we achieved that on the final day of the campaign at Crawley.
“As I said at the time, that doesn’t constitute success for a club the size and stature of Coventry City, especially when I look back at the history and think of the likes of Big Killer lifting the cup, Gary McAllister pulling the strings in midfield and strikers like Cyrille Regis, Dion Dublin and Robbie Keane banging in the goals.
“So while, of course, League One safety wasn’t success it was the first step in the journey to seeing this club get back to where it belongs – which is at least in the Championship and, from there, the Premier League.”
Mowbray has revealed that one of the main reasons behind his decision to stay on as permanent manager was the club’s supporters, who continue to back the club in large numbers despite having not had a whiff of success in recent years.
But he is determined to put that right and give them a team to be proud of in the years ahead.
“Football is all about hope and excitement and I want every Sky Blues supporter to look ahead to the new season with that feeling of optimism that this could be their season to enjoy a bit of success.
“I saw at the end of last season that we have a passionate support that is ready to get behind their team when they see a spirit and desire to go out and win a game of football.
“It is a journey which will include disappointments along the way but as long as we move forward as one, I’m sure this club can deliver a successful future, with you in it.
“I believe this is going to be a genuine team effort and you, our supporters, are going to play a big part next season. Let’s all enjoy the journey together.”