Mark Robins has done a brilliant job at Coventry City, with the side currently top of League One under his guidance.
Taking the Sky Blues back to the Championship would cap off a remarkable three years since Robins returned to manage the Midlands outfit and they have already created many fine memories along the way. Two of the standout moments involved days out at Wembley, the Checkatrade Trophy final success over Oxford back in 2017 and the League Two play-off final win a year later over Exeter.
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And, in a Q&A with the club, Robins was asked which game gave him the most pleasure from the two wins. Ultimately, he couldn’t separate them but he went on to explain why the first success may have been the catalyst for greater things to come, explaining how it changed the club and how proud he felt to be leading the team out.
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“The Checkatrade final came when we were in a really difficult position. To walk out to the wall of noise at Wembley, which we did, with Steve Ogrizovic as well, was special, really special.
“That was a big win and the supporters gave us momentum. When we were recruiting we could say look at the potential of the football club and that was a big, big turning point.”
The win against the U’s came just a month after Robins return and they beat an Oxford side that were competing for a play-off place in League One at the time. The Sky Blues were backed by 43,000 fans in the capital that day and it was an occasion that many will still remember fondly.
Even though relegation followed that season, Coventry City bounced back immediately and they are now in a commanding position at the top of the third-tier, boasting a seven-point cushion over the play-off chasing pack and they also have a game in hand on most of their rivals below.