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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #600 on: July 05, 2021, 12:16:10 PM »
Coventry City boss on studious and standout backroom candidate with great contacts
By Andy Turner (Coventry Telegraph)


Mark Robins says Coventry City’s newly appointed first team coach was the outstanding candidate applying for the job.

The Sky Blues boss believes former Trinidad and Tobago player and manager Dennis Lawrence has “diverse experience” and revealed he'll have a wide ranging role at Ryton, as well as on a matchday.

The 46-year-old former Wrexham and Swansea City centre-half was appointed to City’s backroom last month, and started work last week when the players returned for pre-season training.

Asked about the selection process for the position, which is to assist the manager and his No.2 Adi Viveash, Robins said: “We had a process where we interviewed a number of people face to face on the computer and then we whittled it down and got six candidates in to speak to in a final interview, and Dennis was very, very good.

“He’s got a diverse experience. Obviously he was manager with Trinidad and Tobago and he’s coached with Roberto Martinez (at Wigan and Everton), and done a lot of work with the Football Association of Wales, so there’s a lot of good work there, delivering on A and B licence courses.

“He’s a really good and studious guy who no-one says anything but good things about.”

As for his character, and whether he’s someone the players will enjoy working with, the City boss said: “Absolutely, because of the way he is.

“He is studious and wants to be the best that he can be, and the players that he’s coaching to be the best they can be as well.

“He’s just a really good guy who was absolutely committed straight away to the process but also what he could bring to the club going forward.

“There’s no doubt about it, he stood out, and that’s not because he’s 6ft 8,” he joked, “it’s because of his knowledge and experience that has moulded him into what he is.

“And he’s a top, top guy.”

Asked about his role and whether his background as a centre-back will mean he’ll focus on the defensive side of coaching, Robins said: “He will have a remit of developing players either as individuals or within a group or team setting.

“And he’ll also have an input to what we are doing on a daily basis or match preparation basis as well.
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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #601 on: July 05, 2021, 12:46:29 PM »
What!?????!!!!!! Men on the forum praising DL now that he get a job with Coventry. My oh my!!!!!!!

Who is praising him? How many non-white coaches are there in British football, far less Europe as a whole? He was awful as our NT manager but he didn't hire himself. That is squarely on DJW/TTFA.

If coaching Coventry is his level should he not be given the opportunity, or does he not look the part??

Nothing wrong with being happy for Dennis getting another opportunity. His run with T&T did not go as any of us had hoped but many coaches fail at their first opportunity at the top. He will get some more experience and become a better coach. Good for him! Maybe in a few years he will be the ideal person to return to to lead our Warriors. Who knows
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« Reply #602 on: July 05, 2021, 04:43:51 PM »
Maybe in a few years he will be the ideal person to return to to lead our Warriors. Who knows

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« Reply #603 on: August 28, 2021, 11:02:27 AM »
Coventry faced QPR in a battle of 4th vs 5th. QPR (3-2-0) won 2-0 to climb the table, while Coventry (3-0-2) slipped a flew places.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #604 on: September 22, 2021, 11:13:19 AM »
'Knuckle down' - Mark Robins on new Coventry City coach's impact at the club
By Andy Turner (Coventry Telegraph)


Coventry City coach Dennis Lawrence joined the Sky Blues backroom team this summer and already appears to have made an impact at the club

Mark Robins and his Coventry City players have quite rightly earned high praise from the fans and neutral observers for their early season success.

The Sky Blues boss would be the first to insist it’s a collective effort after a busy summer in the transfer market that saw eight new additions improve the quality of his Championship squad, paving the way for an impressive opening eight league games.

His first signing, however, was to his backroom with the arrival of first team coach Dennis Lawrence.

The 47-year-old former Wrexham and Swansea City centre-half was appointed in June and given the remit of developing players, either as individuals or within a group or team setting.

He also has an input on the training pitch on a daily basis and with match preparation, supporting Robins and his assistant Adi Viveash, who generally takes the lead with the coaching.

Robins describes it as a “very rounded role” for Lawrence who has managed his country, Trinidad and Tobago - for whom he has 89 international caps as a player, and worked under Belgian boss Roberto Martinez at Wigan and Everton.

Three months into his appointment, CoventryLive asked Robins how Lawrence has settled in and what influence he has had on the group so far.

“Dennis is, first and foremost, a brilliant individual,” he said.

“He’s a top, top person; genuine, loyal and trustworthy. But also, he’s honest and has a really strong work ethic.

“He’s principled in his life and in his coaching he has his way of doing things which is allied to what we do.

“And he has a real understanding of the types of approaches and implementing them.”

He added: “He’s worked with Roberto Martinez for a long time and picked up things along the way, not only from Roberto, but also other people he has worked with.

“He’s got his own influences from his time as manager of Trinidad and Tobago and those experiences have shaped the type of coach he is, and he’s bright. He’s a really bright coach, and calm as well, which is sometimes important.

“He has a good manner, a good way with the players and really good understanding.

“He’s been part of the mentoring programme with the Welsh FA and delivers on the A Licence for players that are undertaking their qualifications, so he has a broad understanding and broad experiences in the game which are valuable to us.

“He studies things and he’s a top, top guy and someone who stood out in the recruitment process.”

Asked, after such a glowing appraisal, if he’s had the desired impact the manager wanted, Robins chuckled, saying: “He’s started, but I don’t want him to read this and get carried away."

Breaking into laughter, he added: “He needs to knuckle down and improve!”
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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #605 on: October 02, 2021, 04:01:05 AM »
Coventry faced QPR in a battle of 4th vs 5th. QPR (3-2-0) won 2-0 to climb the table, while Coventry (3-0-2) slipped a flew places.

Similar sort of match-up today after COV slipped in the table. COV face FULHAM today. A point separates the teams. A win would catapult COV to the top (level on points with Albion) if Sheffield defeat Bournemouth.