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Coventry City have announced the appointment of Mark Robins as the club's new manager.

He replaces Andy Thorn, who was dismissed last month after having overseen the club's elegation to League One last season.

Robins, a former Manchester United striker, has previous managerial experience with South Yorkshire sides Rotherham and Barnsley.

"This is a great opportunity," he told the club's official website. "Coventry is a club with great tradition and, although we find ourselves in League One, the squad that has been assembled is better than the results so far have shown.

"I am relishing the opportunity to turn things around and bring better times for the Sky Blues supporters. There is a lot to be done and I will get straight to work with the players and backroom staff."

Development director Steve Waggott added: "We are delighted to announce Mark Robins as our new manager.

"While we understand the supporters' anxiety over recent results, this was an appointment that simply couldn't be rushed because it is key to the short term and the long term of the football club.

"In fact, considering the thoroughness of the process, we are pleased that within three weeks we have been able to whittle down 75 candidates to the one outstanding man for the job and that was Mark, who was categorically our first choice."

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