Steven Pressley: Coventry City appoint Falkirk boss as manager


Coventry have appointed Falkirk boss Steven Pressley as their new manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The Sky Blues have agreed an undisclosed compensation package with the Scottish Division One side.

The 39-year-old former Scotland centre-half, who spent a season as a player at Highfield Road in 1994-95, had been in charge at Falkirk for three years.

Steven Pressley

  • Born Elgin, October 1973.
  • Won 32 caps for Scotland.
  • Began his playing career with Rangers
  • Signed for Coventry City for £630,000 by Phil Neal in 1994, scoring one goal in his 19 appearances - against Man Utd.
  • Moved back north of the border to Dundee United in 1995, then in 1998 to Hearts, where he also had a short spell as caretaker manager.
  • Moved to Celtic in 2006 then had a spell with Randers in Denmark before ending his playing days at Falkirk.
  • Was assistant manager at Falkirk before being appointed boss in February 2010, taking over from Eddie May, with the club three points adrift at the foot of the Scottish Premier Division table.
  • The Bairns are fifth in this season's Division One and have also reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals, in which they are due to play Hibs on 13 April.

"We wanted someone who could come in and hit the ground running," said development director Steve Waggott.

"We have 10 very important games left this season.

"But we also wanted somebody who would take us forward into the future and prioritise youth development and the club's role in the community.

"Steven ticked every single box and I know everyone at Coventry City - from supporters to staff - will get right behind him."

Former Sky Blues boss Eric Black, ex-England centre-half Keith Curle, sacked by Notts County on 3 February, and former Scotland striker Paul Dickov, sacked by Oldham Athletic the same day, were all identified as candidates.

But Coventry plumped for Pressley to maintain their push for the League One play-offs started by Mark Robins, who departed for Huddersfield three weeks ago.

"We have, once again, undertaken a very thorough process since the departure of Mark Robins to identify the number one candidate for the job," added Waggott.

"Steven is a hungry and highly ambitious young manager and we have all been very impressed with him and his record so far.

"We would like to thank Falkirk for the way they have handled the situation. I know exactly what it is like to get a call like the one I made to their chairman - and it's not very nice."

Pressley's first game in charge will be Saturday's trip to Scunthorpe.