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Monday, 10 September, 2001, 09:29 GMT 10:29 UK
Strachan quits Coventry
Gordon Strachan
Strachan's Sky Blues have struggled in Division One
Coventry City boss Gordon Strachan has left the club "by mutual consent".

And among the early favourites to succeed him at Highfield Road are Harry Redknapp and West Brom boss Gary Megson.

Strachan's departure follows the club's relegation from the Premiership after 34 years in the top flight, and their uncertain start to life in Division One.

Coventry chairman Bryan Richardson said: "I wish to place on record our sincere thanks and appreciation for Gordon's efforts on our behalf both as a player and as manager."

We all wish Gordon huge success in the future and thank him for his refreshing honesty, humour and sheer guts
Bryan Richardson
Coventry chairman

The Highfield Road faithful voiced their displeasure in noisy demonstrations after watching their side lose 1-0 at home to Grimsby on Saturday.

Strachan played for the Sky Blues before taking over from Ron Atkinson as manager in 1996.

And he managed to preserve their Premiership status until last season, when relegation saw many of the club's best players move on.

John Hartson, Craig Bellamy, Mustapha Hadji all left in the summer and highly-rated goalkeeper Chris Kirkland recently joined Liverpool.

Strachan's most high-profile summer signing, striker Lee Hughes, did score in the opening day win over Stockport.

  Gordon Strachan factfile
1957: Born 9 February, Edinburgh.
1974: Signs for Dundee.
1980: Wins Scottish Championship medal with Aberdeen. First Scotland cap. Scottish Footballer of the Year.
1983: Second Scottish Cup success, followed by European Cup Winners' Cup medal.
1984: Lifts Scottish Championship and Cup-winning medals
1985: FA Cup winner with Man Utd
1992: Wins League title with Leeds
1993: Awarded OBE
1996: Takes over as Coventry manager
2001: Coventry relegated to Division One

But Coventry have only earned one point since and currently lie a disappointing 18th in the table.

Richardson added on the club's official website: "For two years as a player he almost single handedly kept Coventry in the Premiership.

"As a manager he gave 100% effort every day for this Club.

"We all wish Gordon huge success in the future and thank him for his refreshing honesty, humour and sheer guts."

"We'd also like to place on record our thanks to Garry Pendrey and Jim Blyth who are also leaving the club at this time."

BBC Sport's Pat Murphy
"Financial considerations and a month of poor football... have claimed the latest high profile manager"
Coventry chairman Bryan Richardson
"We both felt that the time was right for a change"
Caretaker manager Roland Nilsson
"Everyone's focused on the game not what's going on around"
BBC Sport's Nigel Gainsborough
"City chairman Richardson had stood by his manager"
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