A return to Hartlepool Utd for Coventry City striker

Roy O'Donovan in his Hartlepool Utd days. PICTURE BY FRANK REID.

Roy O'Donovan in his Hartlepool Utd days. PICTURE BY FRANK REID.

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MARK Robins is wary that his Coventry City side face the new-manager syndrome when they take on Hartlepool United and John Hughes tomorrow.

The Sky Blues are just one place above the League One drop zone, nine points clear of rock bottom Pools.

Last weekend they were beaten by resurgent Scunthorpe United, now under the care of Brian Laws.

And, with Hughes set for his first game in the home dugout, Robins is again cautious ahead of his side’s trip to Victoria Park

“They’ve changed their manager so you’d expect a reaction from their players similar to the Brian Laws scenario on Saturday,” warned the former Manchester United striker.

“They are at the bottom of the league after having some tough breaks and we have to be ready for the response with the new manager syndrome.

“You get that initial drive to impress the new manager but they have got some good players there and not had the breaks.

“And we know how difficult it is in this league, so it’s another one of those and we have to focus on us.”

Meanwhile, former Pools favourite Roy O’Donovan is looking forward to his first return to the Vic.

“It’s a good club, a family club and I think they’ve a point to prove because they are right at the bottom,” said the Irish frontman.

“But they seem to do it every year, they just claw their way out of it, so before they hit their little resurgence we need to get up there and get three points, and get out as quickly as we can.”

He went on: “It’s a fantastic club and I’ve nothing but good things to say about it.

“I scored a mix of goals for them at home and away.

“We were on a great run when I was there, play-off form for the three months I played there and we did really well so it’s a shame to see them right down there at the bottom because they have got a lot of the same players.”