John Sillett: “Mark Robins? I’ve never been more proud”

John Sillett, Coventry City ‘s most legendary boss, has revealed how he has never been as proud of a manager as he is of current Sky Blues Mark Robins.

Robins has led the most remarkable of turnarounds since joining the club in 2017, firing the club from League Two to the Championship in just three seasons and putting three new trophies in the club’s trophy cabinet.

The last manager to contribute to that collection was Sillett who won the FA Cup in 1987 on the club’s proudest day – but the pride of ’87 has been felt again, says Sillett.

“I have never been more proud of a manager than I am of Mark Robins,” he said during the club’s CCFC promotion party.

“For me, he has had one of hell of a job on his hands and he has risen to the occasions. I have loved him from the start.

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“He’s got that bit about him. You want to play for him. He’s got that golden touch.

“He’s a great fella, a class manager and a good coach who has done a wonderful job under the most difficult of circumstances. The club has been away from their own ground and he has done wonders.

“I’ll say something good about him in a minute,” Sillett joked.

The Sky Blues lost only three games in the league all season as they stormed to the most extraordinary of title triumphs.

And 83-year-old Sillett is confident that he knows the secret to Robins’ great success.

“The players want to play for him, that’s the difference. It’s a golden chalice. They love him. You’ve got to have players who love you and want to play for you.”

He added: “I don’t know how my [1987] players loved me, but they played for me and that’s what is is all about, isn’t it?”

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