Vital Football

Latest Coventry City News

King rumours set to continue

King rumours set to continue

The most inevitable transfer story upon Aidy Boothroyd being named as Coventry City manager was that he would look to sign Marlon King as soon as the striker, a star man under Boothroyd at Watford, was released from prison, where is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence.

Batted away a couple of weeks ago, rumours have resurfaced this week, possibly fuelled by those working on behalf of the player as his release comes ever closer.

Boothroyd's latest comments, that 'I would like to think that I would help him if I could', have inevitably been turned by the media into a probable deal at the Ricoh Arena for the 30-year-old but could be taken simply to mean that King would be allowed to train with City to keep fit or that Boothroyd will be available for him to talk to and seek advice from.

Differing opinions were proffered when Wigan sacked the player following his conviction.

Having earlier opted out of a deal to sign King, Roy Hodgson, then of Fulham, said: 'Marlon's agent is fairly clear on the subject and has a very cynical view.

'He believes there is no moral judgement in football and the fact the person we're talking about can score goals will blot any moral values people will have.

'I don't know if that's true, but I know he won't be signed by Fulham. The owner of our club would not embrace that type of signing and I as a manager would not embrace it.'

Arsene Wenger on the other hand did not see why King should not return to the game, commenting: 'When he has paid his sentence, some clubs if they want, they will take him.'

Given that Lee Hughes in particular, convicted of a more serious offence than King, is once again earning good money to play professional football, it is a cast-iron certainty that King will do so too.

It is also inevitable that Boothroyd, manager of the player during one of his most productive spells, will be continually linked with a move to sign him.

Would doing so harm the reputation of Coventry City Football Club? Should a manager have to take into account the moral issues involved? Should the decision be taken higher up not to get involved and would that take authority away from the manager?

Plenty of questions and ones that will continue to linger.



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

Writer:CCFC
Date:Wednesday July 7 2010
Time: 6:17PM

Comments

0
It's still academic at the moment while he is still in prison and I think Aidy is right to keep it non-committal. Personally I think the player's history and especially the nature of the offence he was imprisoned for would mean that signing him would reflect badly on the club, especially given the high level of support we have from female fans but who's to say I'm right? Notts County fans seem to have no problem cheering when Lee Hughes scores after all.
houchen
07/07/2010 18:24:00
0
if it came to the chance to sign him then for me the answer would be no, but do accept in football there are no morals or scruples so there is no doubt he will sign for someone.
wolstc
08/07/2010 08:53:00
0
Leave MK well alone... He's trouble and will upset your team from the inside...
watford1881
16/07/2010 23:05:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Adams Turns Professional

Recent Coventry City Articles

Coventry City: A Club Without A Home

New book tells the story of the Ricoh Arena dispute

Coventry City Confirm Second Derby Deal

Striker Vernam joins the Sky Blues until the end of the season.

City Find New Ways To Hit Fresh Lows

Sky Blues 0 Fleetwood 1

Stats: Coventry City v Fleetwood Town

All the stats from Coventry City (0) vs (1) Fleetwood Town, Ricoh Arena, 21 January 2017, 15:00 Att: 8,129

Archived Vital Coventry Articles

Vital Coventry articles from

Site Journalists

CCFC
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Can Russell Slade Save City
Suggested By: Editor
Yes: Mid-Table Beckons34%
Yes: A Last-Day Escape6%
No: We'll Improve But Not Enough18%
No: We're Sinking Fast42%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Sheff Utd 28 17 6 5 57 21
2 Scunthorpe 27 16 7 4 55 27
3 Bolton 26 15 5 6 50 16
4 Fleetwood 27 13 7 7 46 11
5 Bradford 28 11 13 4 46 11
6 Rochdale 27 14 3 10 45 5
7 Southend 27 11 9 7 42 5
8 Peterborough 26 11 8 7 41 9
9 Millwall 27 11 7 9 40 2
10 Bristol Rovers 28 11 6 11 39 -3
11 Wimbledon 27 9 10 8 37 5
12 Oxford 27 10 7 10 37 4
13 Walsall 27 9 10 8 37 -2
14 Charlton 26 8 12 6 36 7
15 Port Vale 26 8 8 10 32 -10
16 MK Dons 26 8 7 11 31 -3
17 Gillingham 27 8 7 12 31 -9
18 Northampton 28 8 6 14 30 -9
19 Swindon 28 7 8 13 29 -14
20 Shrewsbury 28 7 7 14 28 -13
21 Bury 28 7 5 16 26 -12
22 Chesterfield 28 7 5 16 26 -17
23 Oldham 26 4 10 12 22 -15
24 Coventry 27 4 9 14 21 -16
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Coventry City Results (view all)

Coventry City Fixtures (view all)

Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Northampton Town (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Millwall (H)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Oldham Athletic (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : AFC Wimbledon (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 18 2017 3:00PM : Gillingham (H)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Swindon Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Vital Football Comment