Could City Boss Robins Be Headhunted Again?
Nearly seven months into his second spell as Coventry City manager, Mark Robins has already been with the Sky Blues for a longer period than he spent with the club in the 2012/13 season, when the immediate impact that he made in turning around the fortunes on the pitch came to the notice of Huddersfield Town, then one division higher than City in the Championship.
Terriers chairman Dean Hoyle said at the time: 'Mark has shown his skill in getting the most from the resources at his disposal.'
Although there was some annoyance at the manner of his departure, with his side in play-off contention and halfway through a Football League Trophy semi-final (although they were 3-0 down to this weekend`s opponents Crewe Alexandra), most Sky Blues supporters seemed to realise that the opportunity was a good one for Robins given the off-field problems affecting life in CV6.
His choice seemed even more sensible later on in that season when City were handed a points deduction and the realisation gradually dawned that the club were going to be playing their home games out of the city the following year.
But, spells at both Huddersfield and Scunthorpe were relatively short-lived and Robins' return to the Ricoh Arena earlier this year was perhaps a meeting of a manager and club who needed each other.
Now, he is again impressing with his ability to identify the right players and calmly build a squad capable of challenging for promotion from League Two, something he has achieved before
Will that mean, when jobs come up in higher divisions (two League One clubs, Gillingham and Oldham Athletic parted company with their managers earlier this week) that he is again headhunted or has the time passed, despite being only 47-years-old, when he is seen as a 'bright young thing' and he is left to get on with the job of restoring (some of) City`s fortunes?