Not a massive surprise to see Andy Thorn named as the new boss of the mighty Coventry City on Thursday as I don’t really see what other choice the board had.
I know that things generally go downhill when a caretaker manager gets his permanent contract, so I’m not naive enough to believe that Thorn is the right man just because of the last few games.
But I do believe Thorn has done well enough as caretaker manager in steering City away from relegation and has earned the statutory 12 months that seems to comes as standard with the Coventry City manager’s job these days, Thorn also sounds and looks like a man who is not to be messed with.
Anyway, who else could the club have given the job too? They have no money so can’t pay compensation to another club and they can’t afford an out of work big name either.
The name of Kevin Blackwell kept popping up as well, so thankfully this appointment means we won’t be stuck with him.
This also represents the closest thing you get to continuity at Coventry City these days, as the coaching staff are still in place from Aidy Boothroyd’s time at the club.
The right noises certainly seem to be coming out of the club, according to the reliable source that is Bobby Gould, the dressing room is now a different place under Thorn and the players apparently feel liberated. That is certainly being backed up by performances on the pitch.
I was also pleased to hear that the club have – at last- offered contracts to Marlon King, Keiren Westwood and Aron Gunnarsson, who are all out of contract at the end of the season.
It appears that Westwood will be going regardless, but at least they have now made a belated effort to keep King and Gunnarsson. It also shows a bit of positive intent from the backers, which is as welcome as it is rare these days.