Former Rangers and Celtic defender will make Coventry City managerial bow against Scunthorpe United
SCUNTHORPE United will take on a Coventry City side looking to impress a new manager at Glanford Park this afternoon.
The Sky Blues appointed Steven Pressley on a three-and-a-half year contract yesterday lunchtime and after he took training yesterday, he is expected to be in the dugout for their game against the Iron.
Pressley, a former Coventry defender, had been manager of Scottish Division One side Falkirk since 2010. He won the Scottish Challenge Cup in 2012 and led the Bairns to this season's Scottish Cup semi-finals.
The 39-year-old also spent most of his playing career north of the border, notably with Rangers, Hearts and Celtic.
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Although he will direct the team during their game against the Iron, Pressley will take advice when selecting his starting XI from coach Lee Carsley, who had been in caretaker charge at the Ricoh Arena.
“I’m so excited sitting here, seeing this wonderful stadium and the training base we have," said the Scot, at his first press conference as Sky Blues boss yesterday.
"It’s a club that has enormous potential, a club with a hugely passionate fanbase and I want to take it back to where I think it deserves to be over the coming months and years.
“We’ll work hard in developing our own young players, bringing them through the Academy to the first team and we’ll work hard on recruitment as well, bringing in the players who fit the philosophy we want to adopt here.”
Pressley succeeds Mark Robins, who left to take over as manager of Huddersfield Town three weeks ago. He had only been appointed six months earlier.