July 2016

Former Coventry City Academy kit manager pleads guilty to sex offences


A former member of staff at Coventry City’s Academy has pleaded guilty to a number of sex offences – none of which are connected to the club.

Tony Shiels is due to be sentenced next month after admitting four counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

He also pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to two counts of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.

The offences were committed between September and October last year.

Shiels was arrested by West Midlands Police in November and was suspended by the Sky Blues, where he was Academy kit and transport manager.

The 53-year-old, whose last address given to the court was Lime Tree Road, Ward End, Birmingham, will be sentenced at the same court on August 3 and has been granted bail.