December 2011 Archives
Andy Thorn bemoans that we are the unluckiest team in the Championship and that our luck must change. But is our current predicament down to luck?
Personally I think luck is only a scapegoat for the real reasons.....Which Andy Thorn, at heart, knows is the case.
The first and main reason is down to the squad which was trimmed in both numbers and quality during the summer. Don't forget with Westwood, Gunnar, Turner and King we finished only four places above the bottom three.
Secondly we have defended poorly. How many goals have been conceded due to goalkeeper errors, defenders switching off or not marking.
On average we conceded 1.5 a goal a game meaning we need to score at least two to win a game. This is a feat we have achieved only three times in 22 matches this season.
Thirdly we fail to create many chances. When was the last time you watched a City game where we created a number of clear cut chances and failed to convert them?
Normally we have lots of possession but rarely create any clear cut chances. Possession counts for nothing in this game.
Fourthly we do not score many. Juke has eight goals to his credit this season but the rest of the team have only managed ten between them.
Fifthly we are forced to play academy players in the team. No disrespect to them but they are still learning the game and will make mistakes which at Championship level will be punished.
And finally some of our senior players have under performed or in the case of Bell and McPake spend more time injured than available for selection.
Freddie Eastwood needs to take a long look at himself in the mirror because that is all he will be doing next season. What a waste.
So in essence City are not the unluckiest team in the Championship just the worst as they say, the league table doesn't lie.
KEN Dulieu has quit Coventry City after what the club say was a "gross error of judgement" by inviting himself into the dressing room and sitting in the dugout on a match day.
FIFTY years ago Jimmy Hill started his Sky Blue revolution when the City were a Third Division club and it looks like his beloved club are going back to where it all began as the League One is the third tier of football.
His statue has been erected outside the Ricoh Arena as a fitting tribute to all the great man did for our football club so how ironic it could be that it goes up in the season we got relegated.
None of us Sky Blue faithful obviously want that to happen but we may have to face reality now that it doesn't look good for us and the dreadful relegation is on the cards.
IS the Sky falling in at Coventry City?
THERE is a really well written article today, with a piece added by the Chairman of the Supporters Consultative Group (SCG) Peter Ward, in which he describes the current turmoil within the club and the fall from grace sine we won the FA Cup in 1987. 25 years ago this year.
The full story can be read through this link
It makes pretty sad reading, I'm sure you will all agree.............................
GARY McSheffrey is desperate to get the goals to keep his beloved Coventry City up this season.
TODAY is decision day for much-delayed plans for a new Coventry to Nuneaton train service stopping at the Ricoh.
GARY GARDNER says he's unsure if his loan spell with Coventry City will be extended - but is more than happy to stay at the Ricoh Arena.
GARY Gardner was so desperate to play for Coventry City that he shrugged off the effects of a general anaesthetic for an ear operation to make himself available for Andy Thorn's starting line-up.
WHAT a load of rubbish said one fan on his way out of the Ricoh on Saturday while another disgruntled City fan went even further and said what a bunch of fairies.
And this was ten minutes still to go as they like me had seen enough by then and we were just glad to get away from the place as it isn't a theatre of dreams like Old Trafford is but more like a house of horrors !
But what angered and irritated me as well was to see Hull City move into the top six when I thought they were very poor and both teams served up football which wouldn't have looked out of place in the Conference.
ANDY THORN has explained Ken Dulieu's decision to sit on the Coventry City bench - and urged the Sky Blues' new football supremo to bring in loan players in January.
COVENTRY CITY boss Andy Thorn was left cursing his luck once again as his side stretched their run of games without a win to 10 to remain rooted to the foot of the table.
Saturday's defeat against Hull was overshadowed by the appearance of the new Director of Football's on the bench.
Why o why was he there?
Is he on some kind of ego trip?
If he had put £30 Million into the club personally, or owned it then fine, he can do what he wants. But as I understand it, he has no financial involvement and is just an employee like Andy Thorn.
I don't recall any of our previous Directors of Football taking a seat on the bench?
Andy Thorn's post match comments that he effectively does what he is told spoke volumes for what he thought of the situation. Indeed Ken's presence seemed to under mind Andy Thorn's position.
Is this just a further example of this man's ego?
With the club struggling for funds to sign players or even loans, the then Chairman sanctions spending tens of thousands of pounds to take the squad to Portugal. The place selected just happens to be next to his villa and enabled him to wander around the training ground in his personalised training kit.
If the club was not a laughing stock of the Championship before...it is now!
WHAT on earth was Ken Deluded doing sitting alongside Andy Thorn for the Hull City match?
The man has no football knowledge and certainly never played or managed at any level, as far as I am aware, so what does he think he can bring to the party? Whatever your personal thoughts of the job Thorn is doing, there can be no good to come from the Ex - Chairman sitting beside him whilst he is trying to keep an eye on things on the field.
Is there no end to this man's interference in our club? He obviously see's himself as something of a footballing messiah, but if he really wants to help the manager, give him the funds to enable us to compete with the rest of the Championship!
There is a certain amount of inevitability when heading to the Ricoh these days, I don't expect us to win most games, and from what I saw yesterday, the players are beginning to get the same feeling. There is no "heart" in the team and too many players are either not good enough, or not playing anywhere near the top of their powers, which is an awful condition with only two wins to our name so far this season.
On the subject of our two wins: it is ironic but true, that the only two victories we have notched up so far season, have come about in the games in which Joe Murphy went off injured....................................