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The 2015/16 season proved to be Coventry City’s best since suffering relegation to League One at the end of the 2011/12 campaign. Experienced boss Tony Mowbray took over with the club struggling to avoid relegation in the 2014/15 season and transformed them into play-off candidates within a year.

Coventry were unfortunate to miss out last year, finishing up just five points behind eventual play-off champions Barnsley after holding onto a place in the top four until January. However, with a new bumper contract in hand, it seemed that Mowbray was ready to make an assault on the League One title the following season.

However, Coventry City’s title charge quickly came crashing down, with the club failing to clinch a victory in their opening 10 games of the season. Mowbray decided to part way with the club in September, stating that he felt he had taken the club as far as he could, with technical director Mark Venus handed the reigns until a suitable replacement had been found.

The poor start has left the club stranded barely above the drop zone and it will be a big ask to convince a decent manager to take on what appears to be an impossible task. Venus is currently in the role on an interim basis, but a run of four victories from his first six matches will have undoubtedly seen his name added to the club’s list of potential permanent targets.

While his only managerial experience has come in caretaker roles with Hibernian, Middlesbrough and now Coventry, the club have reportedly given Venus until January to turn the club’s fortunes around. Should he manage to pull them away from the relegation zone, the job is likely his. Although, with yet more poor form following his good start, Coventry City are likely to be in talks with a number of other options with January drawing nearer.

Steve Evans is one of those options, which was confirmed when the former Leeds United manager was spotted at a Coventry City game back in October. He did a fantastic job at Leeds by saving the club from relegation down to League One and would undoubtedly be able to replicate his feats at a lower level.

Despite recently taking over as manager of League Two side Mansfield Town, Evans is likely to jump at the chance to move up a level and while the acquisition is likely to cost the club in compensation fees, he is just the man to steer the club to safety.

Another option is former Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill, who has been without club since parting ways with Bristol City back in January. Despite struggling in the Championship, Cotterill has plenty of experience in League One, having won the competition with his previous club back in the 2014/15 season.

If Cotterill is their chosen one, they will have to move quick to secure his signature, with fellow League One strugglers MK Dons reportedly interested too. Despite placing trust in Mark Venus to prove his managerial abilities, the decision to wait could see Coventry City arrive back at square one in their pursuit for a coach to save them from relegation come January.


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