Mark Robins EXCLUSIVE: Coventry manager ‘totally invested’ in job after rejecting Sunderland approach to sign new contract


Mark Robins has told talkSPORT he found it easy to turn down the opportunity to become Sunderland manager to instead commit himself to Coventry by signing a new contract.

Robins, 49, put pen to paper on fresh terms earlier today, shortly after being approached by the Black Cats over a possible move to the Stadium of Light dugout.

Sunderland are on the lookout for a new boss having sacked Jack Ross earlier this week, and Robins, whose side sit one point ahead of the Black Cats in the League One table, was a top target.

Robins guided Coventry back into League One via the 2017/18 League Two play-offs

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Robins guided Coventry back into League One via the 2017/18 League Two play-offs

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But the former Manchester United forward, who has guided Coventry into League One and to the EFL Trophy since beginning his second spell in charge in 2017, had no qualms quickly turning down the approach.

“No,” Robins told talkSPORT when asked if it was tough to reject interest from a club like Sunderland.

“The size of the club, and Sunderland’s stature and history, is nothing to be sniffed at, but I have to focus on the job I’ve done here and the job I’m doing here.

“I’m totally invested in the job I’m doing, and the supporters are invested in me as much. That is a significant reason I continue to do what I do.

“There are significant challenges that still need to be overcome here, but I want to do that with them.


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“As a team of people we have faced challenges head on and are starting to build a really good football club and one that can be successful moving forward.

“I’m absolutely delighted the owner acted really quickly to nip it in the bud. That is significant and really important to me so we can focus on the real important issue, which is the game on Sunday.

“The other thing is that we have a really good football club here that can know no limits and know no bounds because we’ve got so much potential, and I want to make sure we fulfil this potential.”

Asked if he was flattered to be linked with the Black Cats post, Robins insists it is his PLAYERS who should be feeling good about the situation – as they are responsible for Coventry’s recent success.

Jack Ross was sacked earlier this week with Sunderland one point and one place behind Coventry

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Jack Ross was sacked earlier this week with Sunderland one point and one place behind Coventry

He added: “[They were] interested in me, but I didn’t get offered the job – I didn’t get that far.

“I think that is for the players to take confidence from. A manager is only sought after if the team is doing really well – that should be something the players take huge confidence from.”

Coventry host Tranmere on Sunday afternoon – with talkSPORT 2 bringing you full LIVE commentary of the match – as Robins aims to guide the club back into the Championship for the first time since 2012.

The Sky Blues have won five of their 11 matches played so far to sit fifth, with a resounding win on Sunday possibly moving Coventry as high as second.

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