Mark Robins was in a reflective mood after Coventry City brought an end to their home campaign at the CBS Arena.
There were wonderful scenes at the end of Saturday’s match despite the fact that the Sky Blues had ended their last game at the stadium this term with a 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town.
As is the tradition on the last home fixture, the players did a lap of honour to thank the fans for their support, while the supporters showed their appreciation for their efforts with applause and going through their full repertoire of terrace songs.
After walking around the perimeter of the pitch the players, many of whom had been joined by their young children, stopped at Singers’ Corner for several minutes to soak up the atmosphere and attention from their admiring public.
“Yes, it was just brilliant to see,” agreed Robins, who couldn’t help but reflect on the journey the club have come on during his second stint in charge, going from pink pig protests on the pitch at Charlton in April 2017 when the club were relegated to League Two, to having more than 20,000 fans sing and get behind the team from start to finish despite a Championship defeat.
“From pigs heads on the pitch to that, it’s been an unbelievable five years hasn’t it! The turnaround has been just phenomenal and the work that’s gone on is incredible, so long may it continue.”
He added: “I know we have sold loads of tickets for Stoke next week, which is phenomenal as well. We have sold almost 11,000 season tickets already so there is really healthy support for the club and we have got to now prepare for next week and then next season after that, and that’s the challenge for me and the staff.”