Breaking: Coventry City blow as Mark Robins' right-hand man leaves club

Coventry City have suffered a major blow to the club's coaching staff with the announcement that Adi Viveash has left the club.

The 54-year-old assistant manager and first team coach was seen as a key member of Mark Robins' coaching staff - the man who 'paints the pictures,' as the manager once said.

A short club statement reads: " Coventry City can confirm that, following a post season review, it has decided to revamp its coaching structure, with assistant manager Adi Viveash today leaving the club.

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"Coventry City would like to put on record its thanks to Adi for the last seven years of service to the Sky Blues and the role that he has played in our achievements over that time, including promotion from League Two to the Championship.

"Coventry City wishes Adi the best of luck for the future."

Viveash joined the club back in 2017, initially as a favour to help his former Walsall teammate Robins out following the illness to Steve Taylor. When Taylor was unable to return for health reasons, Viveash continued in the role which was then made permanent.

The former Chelsea Academy and development coach took charge of day-to-day coaching at the club and is considered a vital part of City's and Robins' success in recent years, from League Two promotion via the play-offs to being champions of League One and getting to the Championship play-off finals in 2023.

He also help mastermind an FA Cup quarter final victry over Premier League Wolves and City's epic semi-final against Manchester United when the club narrowly missed out on making the final.

The news has come completely out of the blue and is a real cause for concern amongst fans. The announcement coincided with the club revealing that they have appointed two new first team coaches in former Sky Blues star George Boateng and former Wolves coach Rhys Carr.

It is unclear at this stage whether either will step up as assistant manager or whether the club will be looking to appoint a repacement for Viveash.

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