Vital Football

Latest Coventry City News

Suave to stressed: City takes its toll on Coleman

Suave to stressed: City takes its toll on Coleman

When he arrived at Coventry City as the Sky Blues new manager in February 2008, Chris Coleman cut a suave figure.

With a relatively successful spell at Fulham behind him and experience of managing abroad with Real Sociedad, his decision to take the Ricoh Arena job was seen as a coup for the club rather than the other way around.

Coleman seemingly had control of his own destiny, deciding which job best fitted in with his ambitions.

Less than two years on and the Welshman was the focus of the Sky cameras throughout Sunday's shambles at Scunthorpe, still smartly dressed but chewing frantically and seemingly all too aware that the players he had placed his faith in were close to destroying a reputation as a young manager with a huge future ahead of him.

His after-match comments betrayed the pressure that Coleman is now undoubtedly under.

Mixed results last season and at the start of the current campaign didn't affect his position as fans were well aware that the manager's hands had been tied to a certain extent, as with the sales of star men Dann and Fox in the summer.

A few months down the line however and for better or worse, the team that City sent out on Sunday was Coleman's team with nine of his signings starting the game alongside a striker in Leon Best who most other clubs in the league would like to sign.

The shambles that followed means that the manager's position is being discussed for the first time. He seems to remain popular on a personal level and after years of chopping and changing there is little appetite among fans for yet another change.

Too many more results like that at Scunthorpe however will take the matter out of Coleman's hands. Another manager to have tried and failed to bring the City back to life.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:CCFC
Date:Wednesday December 9 2009
Time: 12:00AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Coventry City Articles

City Find Their Touch to Reboot Challenge

Sky Blues stick six past Shakers

Stats: Coventry City v Bury

All the stats from Coventry City (6) vs (0) Bury, Ricoh Arena, 13 February 2016 Att: 11,024

Can City Shake Off Their Blues?

Coventry City aim to get back to winning ways in League One against Bury on Saturday afternoon.

The Ricoh Arena clash is also 'Legends Day' in CV6 and hopefully some present day Sky Blues pla

Will New Striker Start for City?

Henderson keen to make a Sky Blue impression

Archived Vital Coventry Articles

Vital Coventry articles from

Site Journalists

CCFC
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where Will City Finish In May
Suggested By: Editor
In The Top Two16%
In The Play-Off Places49%
Outside The Top Six35%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burton 30 20 3 7 63 17
2 Gillingham 31 17 7 7 58 20
3 Walsall 30 16 9 5 57 17
4 Wigan 31 15 11 5 56 21
5 Coventry 31 14 10 7 52 22
6 Millwall 30 15 5 10 50 10
7 Southend 30 13 8 9 47 5
8 Sheff Utd 30 12 9 9 45 5
9 Port Vale 32 12 9 11 45 -1
10 Peterborough 30 13 5 12 44 9
11 Bradford 29 12 8 9 44 1
12 Barnsley 30 13 3 14 42 5
13 Scunthorpe 29 12 5 12 41 -3
14 Swindon 31 11 6 14 39 -2
15 Rochdale 29 10 7 12 37 -3
16 Bury 29 10 7 12 37 -13
17 Doncaster 30 9 9 12 36 -5
18 Blackpool 30 9 6 15 33 -8
19 Shrewsbury 31 9 6 16 33 -14
20 Fleetwood 29 7 9 13 30 -3
21 Chesterfield 30 9 3 18 30 -12
22 Crewe 30 6 9 15 27 -20
23 Oldham 28 4 13 11 25 -13
24 Colchester 30 5 7 18 22 -35
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Coventry City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Fleetwood Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Rochdale (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 8 2016 7:45PM : Shrewsbury Town (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Blackpool (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 19 2016 3:00PM : Swindon Town (H)
Sky Bet League One

Recent Coventry City Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.houchen14
2.wolstc3