Date:Friday March 7 2014
Steven Pressley's one year in charge of Coventry City, celebrated on Saturday, already puts him into the top 50 of longest serving managers in the English game and his stock south of the border will have risen sharply after guiding City to a top-half position despite the points penalty imposed at the start of the season.
That is the headline measure by which any manager will be judged but it is the Scot's steely determination and faith in his own judgement that has steered the club (on the playing side) through the biggest crisis in its history and endeared Pressley to everyone associated with CCFC regardless of their own views on the current situation.
While many managers pay lip service to the youth ranks it seems as though Pressley genuinely knows what is going on at all levels of the club and that he is keen to make the Academy the main source of future players for the first team.
As he told the Coventry Telegraph: 'I have seen definite improvements in a lot of areas of the club; many areas that I don`t think the supporters generally see. There is a far greater connection between our Academy, Under-18s and the first team and these are important aspects in terms of the rebuilding of the club.'
That long-term work has come alongside the immediate requirement to get results on the pitch and Pressley admitted: 'I think there`s maybe more work than I anticipated.'
So far he has managed it with aplomb and if he celebrates a second year in charge in March 2015 then hopefully City will be challenging for promotion at the top of League One.
Date:Friday March 7 2014
Pressley Hails Signing of 'First Class' Tudgay (Tuesday July 29 2014)
Former Striker to Face Sky Blues (Tuesday July 29 2014)
CCFC: End of the Baker Line? (Monday July 28 2014)
Four Games in Five Days to Test Sky Blues (Saturday July 26 2014)
CCFC: Short Shrift Given to SISU Appeal (Friday July 25 2014)
CCFC: It's Pressley's Team (Almost) (Thursday July 24 2014)
CCFC: The Life of a Trialist (Wednesday July 23 2014)
Trialist Striker Impresses Coventry Boss (Tuesday July 22 2014)
AS Roma B-eaten by Sky Blues (Monday July 21 2014)
City Keeper Relishing AS Roma & Chievo Tests (Sunday July 20 2014)
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