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Coventry sack manager Aidy Boothroyd

Coventry have sacked manager Aidy Boothroyd after less than 10 months in charge at the Ricoh Arena.

Despite a promising start to the season, the Sky Blues have won just one of their last 16 games in the npower Championship to slip to 19th, seven points above the drop zone.

Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Hull - their 10th during that poor period - proved to be the final straw for the board.

Assistant manager Martin Pert has also been relieved of his duties with first-team coach Steve Harrison and chief scout Andy Thorn placed in temporary charge of team affairs.

A club statement said: "We would like to place on record our thanks to Aidy and Martin for their efforts.

"We will not be holding a media conference today as the team is preparing for the match at Burnley tomorrow."

Today's announcement will be greeted with a mixed response from supporters, similar to that which followed Boothroyd's appointment in May of last year.

The former Watford and Colchester boss, who has never completely won over fans, was handed a three-year deal following the sacking of Chris Coleman.

He was set the task of reproducing his achievements at Vicarage Road and guiding the midlands club back into the Barclays Premier League.

It all started so well as the Sky Blues - spearheaded by Marlon King following Boothroyd's controversial move for the jailed striker - found themselves in fifth place at the start of December.

But a disastrous run of form has now seen the club slide into a precarious position and endure a sorry slump worse than that experienced over the previous two seasons under Coleman, which ended in 17th and 19th-placed finishes.

With Boothroyd gone, all attention is now focused on who chairman Ray Ranson brings in to ensure the club's Championship survival and subsequent progression.

With 10 matches remaining this term, the most likely option would be an interim replacement until May when the club's board could reassess the situation and the performance of the man in charge between now and then.

What is for certain, though, is that Coventry are now on the lookout for their 10th manager in the space of 10 years.

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