Date:Monday November 10 2008
Nothing could sum up Coventry City's millenium to date better than the five-day spell which saw them turn in an ultra-professional performance to win 1-0 at Birmingham City before strolling through an abject 2-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace.
An expectant Ricoh Arena crowd were left almost speechless by the Palace game, and, although some of the individual abuse of players could do with toning down (certainly during matches), the fans' boos at half-time and full-time were well justified.
And to be fair, Chris Coleman made no attempt to pretend the performance was anything other than 'garbage' in his own words.
It was however, another of the words used by the manager to describe the display that really hit the mark.
Certain members of the current Coventry City squad have already seen off two managers, in Iain Dowie and Micky Adams, fostering the feeling perhaps that whatever happens, they will continue to enjoy the considerable benefits of being professional footballers, regardless of changes above them.
Already, some knee-jerk reactions to the Palace game have questioned Coleman but in reality, if the club decided once again to change the manager we might as well pack up and go home.
Coleman is going nowhere of course. He has a mandate from the chairman to change the whole mentality of the club and get rid of the 'comfort-zone' feeling that prevails.
Come January and the vast majority of his starting XI will be Coleman signings. Only then will we start to see some real change on the park, week-in and week-out.
But the fans have a role to play as well. Although the half-time and full-time responses to the Palace game were fully justified, the singling out of individual players is not.
The author, like most supporters, fails to see what Leon Best adds to the team when he plays, but to single him out when the entire team is failing to perform is hugely unfair.
It is as if the City crowd need a scapegoat to feel happy, with Best taking over from Kevin Kyle as the flavour (or opposite) of the month.
Are we guilty of 'arrogance' too? It's a long time since we played in the top-flight or even came close to getting back there.
At the moment, neither the quality of players in the City squad nor, unfortunately the size of our crowds suggest we should even be amongst the top six or eight teams in the Championship.
It's going to take time for both those things to be addressed and once again it's going to take patience (despite the fact that we have been patient for the vast majority of the club's 125-year history).
Date:Monday November 10 2008
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