May 2011 Archives
OPTIMISM is rife at the Ricoh just now. You only have to look on the back page of the Telegraph to sense it
Today Andy Thorn seems hopeful that Marlon King will resign for the club. It's to be hoped he's right because he was our only prolific scorer last season. It seemed to me after his "head v heart" dilemma he might well choose another crack at the premiership should it be on offer
Yesterday Paul Clouting gushed about the season ticket take up. I'm sure the style of play may well have coaxed some people into buying. Reduction of 125.00 on the previous season probably had something to do with it.
COVENTRY City are edging closer to getting Marlon King to sign a new deal at the Ricoh Arena.
FIVE Coventry City Academy players have been putting themselves in the shop window in a bid to earn themselves contracts at other clubs after being released by the Sky Blues.
GARY McSHEFFREY admits he's the worst defender in the Championship - and blames defensive duties for stopping his wracking up more goals for Coventry City last season.
GARY McSheffrey is confident he can recapture his goal-scoring touch after being given a new-found freedom under Andy Thorn.
COVENTRY City are heading for the 10,000 mark after their highest uptake of season ticket sales for years.
COVENTRY City have rubbished reports that Jimmy Bullard and Cody McDonald top their wanted list.
COVENTRY kid Graham Alexander is to be honoured at a civic reception to mark the fact that he has made 1,000 professional appearances.
COVENTRY CITY fans have been giving their opinions on the Sky Blues releasing five players.
MICHAEL Quirke is looking to bounce back from the disappointment of being released from Coventry City.
ANDY Thorn is going back to school next week as he takes the first step to gaining his coaching badges.
There has been great debate recently, about players being offered new contracts, those shown the door and those that want to move on, with many different points of view aired as to the benefits of keeping out of contract players at the club.
From what I can see, we are mainly talking about: Westwood, Gunnarson and King, with Westwood making no secret of the fact that he wants to move on to bigger and better things, or, a bigger and better club, well, thank Kieran, but off you go!
"Gunnar is a Goner", as I understand that he has had an offer from a Premiership club (at least they are at the moment) and we should wish him all the best for the future, he has been a good player for Coventry City and good luck to him, both of the above players are replaceable.
Which brings us to the last one on the list: Marlon King, love him or hate him, there is no denying the impact he has had since regaining fitness, during the latter part of the season and his goal-scoring record was a real factor in our late run or results. I am not suggesting we bankrupt the club in an effort to keep him, but we should do everything in our power, to try to ensure he is a Coventry City Player at the start of next season.
I understand that he has been made an offer, which would allow him to leave if a Premiership Club came in for him, which is perfect business sense, but with huge value of natural goal-scorers at present, it would be a folly to just let him walk away, without a fight.
With Andy Thorn seemingly happy to reduce the squad and dispose of the "Dead Wood", there should be a sense of anticipation for next season, with a style of football on offer to attract the "stay away fans" back to the Ricoh. It will be interesting to see who he brings in, he is a no - nonsense sort of guy, who will have made his targets known to the board, let's hope they allow him to build his own team.
It is obvious to all what is required for next season:
1, A new keeper
2, A class centre of midfield player
3, Cover at left back
4, A couple of pacey wingers
5, Marlon King
WHEN we went on that dismal run without a win under Boothroyd I thought to myself I won't be renewing my season ticket if this is what's going to be served up week in week out.
Then Thorn took over and quickly breathed some much needed life into the team,and in doing so my thinking changed from negativity to being positive.
So I've just renewed it much to the amazement of one or two people but I bet I'm not the only one who's had a change of mind ?
LEE Carsley insists he still has unfinished business at Coventry City and hopes to be back one day in a non-playing capacity.
THE Coventry Telegraph wants you to tell us what you think of Coventry City's season.
ANDY Thorn has challenged Freddy Eastwood to finally come good and hit the top form that made him a Â£1.2 million Coventry City signing.
COVENTRY City's big three out-of-contract players have a week to make their minds up whether to sign new deals with the club.