Coventry look to Carsley as manager Robbins leaves for Huddersfield Town
Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Lee Carsley will be in charge of Coventry City’s first team for tomorrow’s game away to Bury after manager Mark Robins departed suddenly to take over at Huddersfield.
The 38-year-old becomes the fourth person this season to pick the team at the financially troubled League One outfit where he has progressed quite swiftly on the coaching front since being put in charge of the under-18s after retiring a couple of years ago.
“There’s a sense of continuity,” said Coventry chief executive Tim Fisher of the decision to put Carsley in charge. “Lee’s been around the club a while. He knows the players, having worked alongside Mark.”
The former Derby, Everton and Birmingham City star, who also had two stints as a player with Coventry, is likely to need to hit the ground running if he hopes to land the position on a longer term basis as Fisher says the process of finding Robins’ replacement has already been started.
Kevin Doyle insists that he could see out the last two and a half years on his Wolves contract despite having expressed disappointment at failing to complete a loan move to Celtic in the recent transfer window.
“I just get on with things here where I’m under contract for another two-and-a-half years,” he said.
“Hopefully it’s going to be a lot better than the last two years have been.”
Doyle was linked last year with a move to Everton that also failed to materialise and the striker is believed to have been of interest to Arsenal in his earlier Wolves days but the Wexfordman admits now that he has to concentrate, first and foremost, on rediscovering his form at a time when his current club are struggling badly.
Shane Duffy, meanwhile, says that he’s anxious to get a loan spell with a Championship side after failing to progress beyond the Everton bench despite constant reassurances about his future from club manager David Moyes. The Irishman insists he will be guided by Moyes’s advice but admits to being anxious to play some games.
“I’m dying to get out really,” he says. The manager knows what he’s doing with me. Hopefully he can get me something sorted. I went to League One when I was 19. I think I’m ready now for just below the Premier League.”