Coventry caretaker boss Richard Shaw has called for the vacant managerial position at the Ricoh Arena to be sorted as soon as possible.

Shaw, who wants the job on a permanent basis and will be interviewed, was speaking after the Sky Blues continued their winless start to the League One season with an unfortunate 2-1 home defeat to unbeaten Stevenage.

Coventry development director Steve Waggott on Sunday morning revealed a lengthy shortlist of applicants has been narrowed down to nine candidates, all of whom will be met face-to-face this week. Shaw said: "Whatever has to be done (managerially) needs to be done sooner rather than later."

He added: "Whoever is in charge of the club, they will have the same group of players and I have to say they have been great and not give us a minute's problem. They have worked very hard but when it comes to the pitch we need a few nasty characters and a few generals. You can coach set-pieces and lots of other things, but you cannot coach decision making.

"I can't believe it is a game we have just lost, but I can't keep saying that after every game. We could easily have been three or four goals up by half-time but we weren't. But what we have been doing is conceding sloppy, sloppy goals. The first one was really poor on our own part and the second was just as bad."

David McGoldrick, on loan from Nottingham Forest, deservedly put the Sky Blues in front as early as the 11th minute when he won a header three yards outside the penalty area, brought the ball down well and curled a right-footed effort past Chris Day.

That appeared to stir Stevenage into action and Robin Shroot followed up to level after Luke Freeman's shot was parried by Joe Murphy. And the visitors snatched all three points in the 71st minute when substitute Marcus Haber powerfully headed home - extending Boro's unbeaten start to the season and sealing a third successive away win.

Manager Gary Smith was delighted with Haber, who had spent much of the week on his sick bed, saying: "Three wins away from home is just what the doctor ordered. Marcus is a big strong lad. He is mobile, aerially he will win his fair share in this division and he has good technique.

"The one thing he has missed in his career is goals. If he can add that to his game he might not be around here much longer. Coventry started the game very well indeed and could have been a couple up inside the first 10 minutes. They came out of the blocks quickly because we were back on our heels.

"We got ourselves back in the game at that point which was an absolute necessity, and to go in all square was something we could hold on to. We made a couple of changes and the second period had a very different picture to it."