July 21, 2024

Coventry City manager Mark Robins looks ahead to Saturday’s Championship match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Mark Robins says he “felt for” dismissed Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray as he left the club earlier this month.

On Saturday, Coventry City will face Sunderland, with new Black Cats manager Michael Beale taking command for the first time. On Monday, the former Rangers and QPR manager was selected as Mowbray’s replacement.

And Robins believes Beale will join a club that is “playing pretty good football.” Sunderland last played at Bristol City under interim manager Mike Dodds, but they had previously beaten Leeds and West Brom.

“I felt for Tony (Mowbray), because I think he’d done a great job there, but they felt that they wanted to make a change,” Robins said ahead of Saturday’s game.


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Tony Mowbray

“He’s got a different group of players and he’s going to be working with them this week, and it’s how much work he can get into them and to change what he wants to change or to enhance what he wants to do and that will be determined by how much work he’s done and how much he feels that he needs to change it.”I know he’s talked about his tactics and what he wants to do, but he’s also said that he doesn’t want to deviate too much from what Tony was doing because he respects Tony and it’s evident that Tony was having some great success with them.


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Michael Beale

“They made the playoffs last season, and I’m sure that will be their minimum goal this season.” So, Michael has come in to a side that has been playing very decent football with a lot of talented footballers in their ranks, and they do things a certain way, and I’m sure he will modify some bits and pieces, but you won’t know till tomorrow.

“They’re a fantastic team.” They are an offensive squad. They have some pretty fantastic attacking players and some really good talent, so I think it will be a really good game.”

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