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Mark Robins believes he is ‘not given up’ on keeping Callum O’Hare at Coventry City, despite confirming the exits of the club’s other two out-of-contract players, Liam Kelly and Simon Moore.

When O’Hare and Kelly were pulled off in the second half of the Sky Blues’ 2-1 CBS Arena defeat to QPR, the supporters sang their songs from the terraces, giving them warm ovations as the Sky Blues ended their 2023/24 season on a dismal note.

And the City manager paid tribute to the departing players. Robins confirmed Kelly’s resignation after seven years with the club, saying: “The most important thing for me is that Kels is leaving immediately. I just spoke to him in the dressing room, and I believe he had a fitting send-off. He played a few games near the end of the season, and I believe he would have been quite upset if he hadn’t.

“He’s the epitome of everything that’s good about the club. He’s come and helped us drag it by the scruff of the neck to within a penalty kick of the Premier League and he’s been part of that journey, so fair play to him. He’s a credit to the club, to himself and his family and I he deserves all the plaudits that he gets and has got. And he’ll be missed, it’s as simple as that.”

He added: “Simon Moore is leaving as well. He’s had some really tough times and I just wish him all the best in what he does next. He’s a great lad as well, had a really good year in his first year but since then it’s been really difficult for him but he’s kept going.”

As for O’Hare, who has been given new terms but has yet to sign and is expected to leave as a free agent this summer, the manager stated: “Then there’s Callum O’Hare, and I’ve just said in the dressing room, I’m not going to give up on you. But we started laughing, and I know he’ll probably select another place to go. But he’s been terrific as well, and I think the fans were fantastic with him, as did all of the players.”

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