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Former Ireland international Lee Carsley has been appointed Coventry City caretaker boss

Updated: Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 18:17 | Comments

Lee Carsley: 'I have been asked to take over in the short term and I will look to make sure we pick up really important wins, starting with Bury at the weekend.'
Lee Carsley: 'I have been asked to take over in the short term and I will look to make sure we pick up really important wins, starting with Bury at the weekend.'

Former Republic of Ireland international Lee Carsley has been appointed caretaker manager of Coventry City.

The former Everton midfielder enjoyed two spells as a player with the Sky Blues and takes over at the Ricoh Arena after Mark Robbins left the club to take up the vacancy at Huddersfield.

The 40-times capped Ireland midfielder has been working at Coventry in a coaching capacity since retiring as a player in 2011.

"The players saw it coming yesterday so it is important we put it behind us and move on." - Carsley

Carsley’s first match in charge sees the Sky Blues travel to Gigg Lane on Saturday to take on Bury.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Carsley said: “I wasn’t shocked by Mark (Robins) leaving at all if I’m honest. I have been in the game long enough to know that this is the game we are in and this is the way football works.

“Like myself, the players saw it coming yesterday so it is important we put it behind us and move on. It shouldn’t affect the players either as players have a strange resilience of just getting on with things.

“It is all about the club and the football, which is the way it should be. At the end of the day, Mark (Robins) did really well when he was here but the club is the most important thing.

“I have been asked to take over in the short term and I will look to make sure we pick up really important wins, starting with Bury at the weekend.”

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