Blackwell in contention for Coventry job

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FORMER Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell could be offered the chance to succeed Aidy Boothroyd at Coventry City.

Blackwell, who has been out of work since leaving Bramall Lane in August, is known to boast several admirers on the Midlands club’s board.

Blackwell reached a Championship play-off final and enjoying a 42 per cent win ratio during his time at the helm, but it is United’s performances under Blackwell’s stewardship last season which are understood to have alerted a number of influential figures at the Ricoh Arena.

Having been forced to part company with several key names, including young full-backs Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker, United also overcame an debilitating injury crisis to finish eighth in the table.

Coventry dispensed with Boothroyd’s services following Saturday’s home defeat by Hull, a result which left them seven points above the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Leigh Bromby is looking to cement his place in Simon Grayson’s starting 11 when Leeds visit Bramall Lane this weekend.

Bromby, who left United in August 2009, appeared destined for the Elland Road exit door until Neill Collins’ transfer to Bramall Lane offered him a route back into the side.

“Training hard is one thing,” said Bromby. “If you’re going to make a manager take notice you really have to do it in games. I’ve been in and out of his office and spoken to him (Grayson) many times. He’s always been fair, telling me I’d get a chance and, to be fair, he’s given me one.”

Bromby, who featured during Leeds’ goalless draw with Ipswich Town on Saturday, added: “If you go and speak to him, he’s always fine and always listens to you.”