LMA STATEMENT:

AIDY BOOTHROYD: COVENTRY CITY

14 Mar 2011

Aidy Boothroyd today made the following statement through the LMA in relation to his departure from Coventry City FC.

“I am deeply disappointed to be leaving Coventry City and to be the ninth manager dismissed from the club in ten years.

“Last Christmas I took the club to its highest league position for several years and, since then, we have had to endure a period of injuries and suspensions to seven key players, during which time we have played most of the top teams in the league.  However, at the present time nearly all the players are back to full fitness and the squad, along with me and my coaching staff, was together, fully focused and working hard towards a strong finish to the end of the season.  It is a shame that I have not been given the chance to take the club back up the league table where we were at the turn of the year.

“It has been a privilege to manage at a club with such a rich history and tradition.  My family and I have become extremely fond of the club’s staff, players and of course fans and I sincerely thank them for their support and dedication, and I wish them well for the future.”

ENDS

Notes:

Aidy Boothroyd (40) was appointed manager on 20th May 2010.  This season Aidy was shortlisted for the npower Championship Manager of the Month for October after an impressive start to season when the club was firmly in the play-off places.

He joined Coventry from Colchester United where he guided the club to an 8th place finish in League One in the 2009-10 season.

Aidy, a holder of the Uefa Pro License, previously managed in the Barclays Premier League with Watford. Aidy was 34 when he took charge at Vicarage Road in March, 2005. He inherited a team facing relegation to football's third tier but ensured their escape from the drop. He followed up this success with promotion as well as an FA Cup semi-final appearance during his time in charge.

Aidy is also a graduate of the LMA’s Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.