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Doug King lays out a strategy for Mark Robins, but he acknowledges the manager of Coventry City’s future.

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Football teams that are comparable in size to Coventry City, if not larger, frequently run the risk of being victims of their own success. When a player’s career takes off, for instance, it won’t take long for a manager from a higher league or with more financial power to come knocking.

The key to surviving such losses is to have backup plans in place or a proactive recruitment strategy ready to present viable and ready-made successors. Last summer, it was Viktor Gyokeres and Gustavo Hamer. Cue the addition of Ellis Simms and Haji Wright, who, despite not being instant hits, have grown and improved over the season, chipping in with a combined 29 goals to guarantee that the Sky Blues are once more in the running to qualify for the playoffs.

The procedure demonstrates that a team can advance and flourish even after losing its greatest players if you do it well, which is far from an easy feat to accomplish. But what if a manager were to leave? After Mark Robins and his team’s amazing work over the last seven years, moving the team up the divisions to within a whisker of the ultimate prize—a return to the top table of English football—City supporters would not want to consider it.

This week, ambitious City owner Doug King declared, “My goal is to get our fantastic manager up to the Premier League.” “That’s a goal I set for myself, and I hope we achieve it. The team played well on Saturday, going toe-to-toe with Wolves and well deserving of the victory.”

But King is a realistic businessman, and he is fully aware that his manager might one day be wanted. It’s amazing in and of itself that more clubs haven’t contacted us—that we are aware of, anyhow. The possibility is always present, even though there is no indication that the manager would be persuaded to do so—at least not until he returns the team to the top division.

When asked if his greatest worry during a talkSPORT interview is that someone will say, “Mark Robins, what a magnificent job, let’s take him for a Premier League club,”

He said, “I mean, we know that’s always there in this game.” “I work with him and got a proper contract in front of him last year because I needed to be sure that I had the right people to take that investment and maximize our performance on the field as we embarked on our investment path.”

“Obviously, if things change—and they usually do—and everyone always survives,” he continued. Have a look at Brighton; despite having multiple managers, they have prospered because to effective succession planning and efficient administration. I am a businessman, so see. Although most people are unaware of what I do, the truth is that I have been in the business for a very long time, I don’t take ownership of a football team lightly, and I have worked hard to earn this position.

We therefore take a close look at everything and work to get as much advantage as we can, and I think we’re moving in the right direction. And in the fifteen months after taking over, the team’s progress to the FA Cup semi-final and play-off final probably couldn’t have gone much better. However, I think I’m more proud of the long-term improvements we’re making to the club to make it viable, upgrade the facilities to attract our ideal clientele, and ensure future success.

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