Long-serving goalkeeper Ogrizovic to retire from Coventry coaching role

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Coventry goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic is to retire at the end of the season after 35 years at the club.

Coventry goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic is to retire at the end of the season after 35 years at the club.

Ogrizovic had16 years as a player at Coventry before a further 19on the backroom staff at the Sky Bet League One outfit.

The 61-year-old holds the record for the most Coventry appearances, having played 601 times for the Sky Blues, and was part of the 1987 FA Cup-winning team.

‘After 35 seasons with Coventry and 43 years in football, I think now is the right time to announce my retirement from full-time football at the end of the season,’ Ogrizovic told the official club website.

‘I have had the most fantastic time here and would like to thank the football club, Mark (Robins, manager) , all the staff, colleagues and players past and present, and particularly our magnificent fans and supporters who have made my time memorable here.

‘It’s been a privilege to be part of something that means so much to so many.

‘I’m sure I’ll miss the day-to-day involvement, but I’m really looking forward to spending more time with my family.

Coventry City will always be my football club, and the area will always be our home.

‘ Ogrizovic also played for Chesterfield, Liverpool and Shrewsbury in a 23-year playing career.

He is one of four players to have played top-flight football in four different decades, along with Peter Shilton, John Lukic and Sir Stanley Matthews.

Coventry manager Robins said: ‘From the 1987 FA Cup win, to his role in Premier League survival and then work with young players and the goalkeepers, his role in the club has been massive.

‘He is loyal and diligent in his work, a true Coventry City legend.

‘We all wish Oggy the very best for a long and happy retirement, and I look forward to seeing him when he feels like popping in to see us at Ryton.’

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