Legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Coventry City manager Mark Robins and his side for their heroic FA Cup giant killing against Premier League strugglers Stoke City.
The ex-Red Devil chief was part of a distinguished five-man panel of former managers put together by the League Managers’ Association to vote for the LG Performance of the Week.
Fergie was joined on the panel by LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry who, between them, have accumulated over 6,000 competitive matches as managers, and they agreed that the Sky Blues victory was the stand-out display.
City manager Robins will be presented with a bottle of Champagne and an LG Performance of the Week trophy in a presentation to celebrate the historic 2-1 victory, with goals for the Sky Blues coming from defenders Jordan Willis and Jack Grimmer.
It comes, perhaps, as a belated reward for 48-year-old Robins who is well known for being the man who saved Ferguson’s job way back in 1990.
The Sky Blues boss scored the winner in a third-round FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest in a game where it was rumoured that had United lost, then-Chairman Martin Edwards would have sacked the Scot.
Mark Hughes who got the assist for that historic goal was sacked by Stoke following their shock cup exit on Saturday, and Robins has admitted his disappointment for his former team-mate.
“It’s always sad when a manager loses his job,” Robins told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.
“He had been under a lot of pressure and I thought he had handled it quite well.
“I think it is difficult but if he had been given that time, I am sure he would have come through the other side. He hasn’t been given the time and they’re looking for a new manager now, but it’s the nature of the job I’m afraid.”
City boss Robins did however feel that victory over the Premier League side was well deserved and hailed his team’s ‘magnificent’ performance.
“It was a hard-fought win, but a deserved one,”
“I thought we were magnificent and it’s a really proud day for me.”
Speaking at the final whistle, Robins stated that the win has now set the bar for the remainder of the season for the Sky Blues.
“The lads that have performed today have been magnificent and for us it’s a great barometer of where we can get to and where we can get to in the last twenty league games. The cup is an extra for us, I can’t tell you how important it is for everybody. It brings everybody together, that today is massive for us.”
The Sky Blues now face a trip to MK Dons in the fourth round with the club confirming yesterday that they have been given an allocation of 7,833 tickets for the tie.