May 2010 Archives
SO WE'VE now got our new manager and to be honest Aidy Boothroyd never entered my head as a candidate for the hot seat.
When I heard of the appointment my first reaction was of disapointment, but later on I thought I shouldn't prejudge him before he's even started the job.
The reaction from other Sky Blue fans has been mixed, unsurprising really because we are well known for our scepticism, but seeing what we have had to put up with over the years can anyone really blame us ?
The news of Aidy Boothroyd's appointment imbued in me an initial bout of discontentment. I bristled at how Ray Ranson could be so keen on a manager from Colchester after they just finished eighth in League One. I could probably do that with my eyes closed, I thought. The idea of hit-and-hope Wimbledon-style football made me positively nauseous.
The real source of my angst, however, was that I had just lost my bet on Tony Mowbray, and that money, in my head, was already spent.
But I'm over that now. I've realised (again) that betting is for fools, and with a clear head I can embrace the appointment of Boothroyd with all the hope and optimism it deserves.
IN football these days it seems every manager has to be a big personality or a larger than life character.
Those that don't fit the mould must be somehow disappointing choices. I favoured Alan Curbishley and then Tony Mowbray for the managers position. But I'm not as devastated as some seem to be at Adrian Boothroyd's appointment.
Indeed after one of my anti-Coleman blogs earlier in the season I was challenged by a comment to name an alternative City manager. I offered the name of Adrian Boothroyd.
AIDY Boothroyd was today set to be unveiled as Coventry City's new manager
TONY Mowbray appeared to be many fans' choice, Steve Cotterill the bookies' favourite while Alans Shearer and Curbishley were spotted by someone's sister's boyfriend at the Ricoh Arena, but it was all a load of Laszlo Boloni in the end.
Every time someone steps into Ray Ranson's office, Sky Sports seem to think they've been offered the job. Tomorrow's headline will probably be that Ray's secretary is being lined up as our next manager.
First it was Gary McAllister who was set to be offered the job, then Alan Shearer was spotted somewhere and thus was apparently on the verge of putting pen to paper. Then yesterday Steve Cotterill was i-dotting and t-crossing, and today Aidy Boothroyd was doing the same!
The trouble is, all this furore is fuelled by betting sites.
As much as I admire John Sillett I just can't agree with him when he says Trevor Peake would make an ideal Coventry City manager.
Trevor Peake was in my view a good and solid defender, but I just don't see him as a Championship boss, he's coached at junior and reserve level only, hardly the credentials needed to take on such a demanding role.
But I do agree with john Sillett when he says he wants to see more attacking football from the Sky Blues, starting with more use of wingers.
It seems that the 'Bookies Favourite' for the Coventry City Managers position is Tony Mowbray but according to sources close to the Club and the CET, he hasn't even applied for the position directly. It does make you wonder if he actually wants the job?
Surely if he wants the job, he would apply in writing or a least phone the club himself to apply as is the normal way, just like the other candidates have done. The fact he hasn't, and has applied via a 'third party' in my book means that he is not that interested in the position.
You have to wonder if the 'source' quoted in the CET saying he is interested is his agent seeking to raise the profile of his Client. With a couple of other managerial positions vacant you can see why he would want his client linked with as many other managerial positions as possible.
Do we really want a new manager who can't be bothered to make a phone call to the club to express an interest in the position?
In my book it is being disrespectful to Ray Ranson, Coventry City Football Club and its fans, not a good or professional way to behave.
YESTERDAY'S telegraph seemed to suggest the shortlist for the new Coventry City manager is down to three
It may be Ray Ranson has a surprise up his sleeve but if these are the three from which the manager will be chosen fans will have thier own views on the correct choice.
Personally I'm not sure how Paul Hart has forced his way into contention. Clearly he did a good job at Nottingham Forest and helped bring on the young generation of players who feature in the current squad. Since then he seems to have bounced around between a number of clubs for short periods
I don't believe he's the man for a long term project
LEGENDARY Coventry City boss John Sillett believes one of his key FA Cup winners, Trevor Peake, would be the ideal man to take over the managerial reins at the Ricoh Arena.
JOHN SILLETT says Coventry City need to return to their attacking football roots to help tempt crowds to return to the Ricoh Arena.
IT'S been a miserable season for Coventry City - and the Coventry Telegraph want your verdicts.
FORMER Coventry City boss Gary McAllister has been ruled out of the running to make a return to the club he managed in 2002/03 along with former Highfield Road star Dion Dublin.