Ogrizovic to retire after 35 years at Coventry City

Ogrizovic: "an icon not only in Coventry, but around the world"

Ogrizovic: "an icon not only in Coventry, but around the world"

COVENTRY CITY legend Steve Ogrizovic is retiring at the end of the season after 35 years at the club.

The 61-year-old goalkeeping coach spent 16 years as a player at the club, winning the FA Cup in 1987, before serving on the backroom staff for 19 years.

Ogrizovic served as Academy Manager, reserve team manager and caretaker manager before becoming goalkeeping coach in 2008.

He said: “I think now is the right time to announce my retirement from full-time football at the end of the season. I have had the most fantastic time here, and would like to thank the football club, (manager) Mark (Robins), 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 is one of only four players - along with Peter Shilton, John Lukic and Sir Stanley Matthews - to have played top-flight football in four different decades and played a total of 601 times for the Sky Blues, making him the club’s record appearance maker.

Manager Robins added: “Steve has made a huge contribution to Coventry City Football Club and football as a whole. The word legend is banded about often, but with Oggy it really is justified.

“He is a truly great man, an icon, not only in Coventry, but around the world. 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.”

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