Tommy Widdrington has joined SkyBet League One strugglers Coventry City and will lead the Sky Blues player recruitment programme.

The former Southampton midfielder left his position as manager of Eastbourne Borough last week and it has now been announced that he will join the Ricoh Arena club.

The Sky Blues released a statement confirming his appointment.

It read “Former Southampton midfielder Tommy Widdrington is set to join the Sky Blues backroom staff, and will lead the club’s player recruitment programme.

“As a player, Tommy racked up over 300 Football League appearances and the 45-year old brings a wealth of experience and contacts across the English Football League (EFL) and at non-league level.

“The new recruitment structure has been established to ensure Coventry City FC has a working department dedicated to identifying and securing suitable player targets.
“CCFC Chairman, Tim Fisher said: “We’ve bought Tommy in to be the cornerstone of a new recruitment process. As a club, we have identified player recruitment as a weakness, and want to put a robust structure in place to ensure we address this shortfall.

“Tommy brings a healthy amount of knowledge and experience, and will be leading a team of scouts to ensure we source players who are right for this football club.”

“CCFC Manager, Mark Robins said: “Tommy has come on board as part of the club’s need to develop a strategic recruitment department, which will be taking shape over the coming weeks.

“This appointment is the first step in that process, and I’m pleased to have the experience of Tommy to lead the department.”

Widdrington left Eastbourne Borough after five years with the club.

They released a short statement of their own wishing luck for his future.

“EBFC place on record the Club’s thanks to Tommy for five years of commitment to the Borough cause. They have been great years and full of both memories and real progress for the Sports. Everyone at Priory Lane wishes him every success and happiness from here on”

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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