TONY Mowbray has signed a two-year deal to remain in charge of the Sky Blues after over a week of intense talks and negotiations with the League One club.
The Observer can reveal that the 51-year-old has been at Ryton earlier today (Monday) and will continue as manager of the Sky Blues after committing his future to the Ricoh Arena.
Sky Blues chief executive Steve Waggott said he was delighted to secure the services of Mowbray and believes he capture is a real statement of intent.
“Following the club’s final game of the season against Crawley, the club’s owners and the board had talks with Tony on where he wanted to take the club and the blueprint needed to get us there,” said Waggott.
“We’ve worked on a lot of details with Tony and, over the coming days, we hope we can announce further changes in terms of the club’s infrastructure. That will mean there is a better structure at Coventry City for Tony to achieve his, and all of our, future aims and ambitions.
“Ever since Tony joined us in March, we’ve been extremely impressed by his experience and demeanour, and we are looking forward to a busy summer and what will hopefully be a successful season.
“He was the overwhelming choice as manager among supporters and many I have spoken to over the past couple of weeks have said securing his services would show a real statement of intent from the club.
“We’ve made that statement now by bringing him in and we see this as a fresh start in taking the club forward.”
Mowbray initially joined the Sky Blues on a short term deal back in March after replacing outgoing manager Steven Pressley.
His objective was to keep the club in League One and although survival went down to a nail-biting finale on the final day of the season, a win at Crawley Town secured their status in the third tier for a fourth successive season.
There had been interest from Championships clubs to capture Mowbray following his impressive return to management after a three-year spell out of the game.
But Mowbray was keen to remain at the Ricoh and lead the club’s charge back up the football league ladder to the Championship.
News of Mowbray’s appointment will be met with joy from supporters, many of whom have stated that they will purchase season tickets if he remains in charge.
Mowbray now has the difficult job of deciding which players will remain at the club with no fewer ten first team stars, including Frank Nouble, Marcus Tudgay, Adam Barton and Jordan Willis, set to be out of contract this summer.