Steven Pressley leaves Falkirk to become manager at Coventry City

Falkirk manager Steven Pressley (right) with coach Neil MacFarlane.
Falkirk manager Steven Pressley (right) and Neil Macfarlane have left to join Coventry City.SNS Group

Steven Pressley has left his job as Falkirk boss to become the new manager at Coventry City.

The League One side were granted permission to speak to the 39-year-old on Wednesday.

And the former Scotland defender has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Coventry's development director Steve Waggott told the club's official website: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Steven Pressley to Coventry City as our new manager.

“We have, once again, undertaken a very thorough process since the departure of Mark Robins to identify the number one candidate for the job and we are thrilled that Steven is joining us.

“He’s a hungry and highly ambitious young manager and we have all been very impressed with him and his record so far.

“We wanted someone who could come in and hit the ground running because 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.”

Pressley recently guided Falkirk to the Scottish Cup semi-final, where they will face Hibernian. His side currently sit fifth in the First Division table.

The 39-year-old ended his playing career at the club, before taking up a role as assistant boss. He stepped into the manager's job following the departure of Eddie May in February 2010.

Capped 32 times by Scotland, Pressley had spells with Rangers, Coventry City, Dundee United, Hearts, Celtic and Randers prior to his final appearances with Falkirk.

Alex Smith will take charge of the Bairns on an interim basis.

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