Sky Blues to appoint new boss
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Sky Blues shocked many on Bank Holiday Monday when they sacked Eric Black as manager, despite one match left to play in the Division One season.
Reid has been out of football management since his sacking from the Elland Road club back in November, but he looks set to make a return with the Midlands side this week.
Meanwhile, Coventry chairman Mike McGinnity has stated his reasons behind his decision to sack Black on Monday.
The Sky Blues chief admitted that despite some good results, he felt Black was not the man that he could see leading the Division One side back into The Premiership in the near future, though he intended to wait until the season's end before letting the Scot know his fate.
"Eric phoned me on Sunday after reading the articles in the newspapers and forced my hand in that sense," McGinnity told the club's official website.
"But even so, I think a change had to be made this summer for the welfare of this club and that is all I have ever had in mind.
"This decision has ultimately been made because I want us to return to the Premier League.
"Both Gary McAllister and Eric Black did excellent jobs while in charge of the club.
"There has never been a personality clash between myself and either of them and with the financial restraints they had imposed on them, I think they have done a good job, but that good job is mid-table in the First Division.
"I'm not prepared to sit here as the chairman of this club and spend the next five years or so in the middle of the Division One table.
"Having seen what two inexperienced managers are capable of, I am willing to hold my hands up and admit that things have not worked out as I planned.
"At the start of the last two seasons, I have clearly stated that my ambitions were to see us at least achieve a play-off place and that hasn't happened.
"I have now reached a point where I believe change has to be made in order for us to continue to move forwards."
McGinnity also hinted that he was close to appointing an experienced manager, who will also be expected to work with the financial restraints at the Midlands outfit.
"The man, who will hopefully sign later this week, has immense knowledge of the game and I will be demanding instant success," McGinnity added.
"I hope that by getting them in now, they will have pre-season in which to settle and impose his own regime before we give it a real good go before moving to the Arena.
"He'll have the freedom to work within financial restraints we have got and I'm sure he'll have players in mind who he wants to bring in."
In other news, Sky Blues number one Scott Shearer has extended his contract with the club by one year until June 2006.