UK time is: 15:04:19
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Sky Blues: not gossip-worthy any more?

Coventry City's transfer targets usually merit them a paragraph or two in the Sunday newspaper gossip columns but the Sky Blues have barely featured in those pages so far this summer.

Plenty of Championship clubs are being linked with players, from the relegated trio of Blackpool, Birmingham and West Ham, through beaten play-off sides Nottingham Forest, Reading and Cardiff and cash-rich Leicester and Ipswich, right down to promoted teams Brighton, Southampton and Peterborough United.

To all intents and purposes City have dropped off the national radar as they prepare to become the longest-serving side in the Championship, a combination of their mediocre decade, the knowledge that they cannot afford to compete with all of the sides listed above for players and also of the fact that Andy Thorn has come into the manager's job from outside of the usual channels.

The likes of Iain Dowie, Chris Coleman and Aidy Boothroyd attracted attention in their own right and in their transfer dealings, as former Premier League bosses who when they took over at the Ricoh Arena still fell into the category of youngish, ambitious managers.

For the first time since Gary McAllister took charge City have an untried manager at the helm but unlike McAllister it is someone who is not coming straight off the back of a high-profile playing career.

'expectations'

That means, outside of the club the Sky Blues' profile has never been lower and the lack of transfer activity, loss of a top player in Marlon King and the financial situation means most supporters have little in the way of expectations for the coming season.

But at least there are no unrealistic expectations such as those which Dowie, Coleman, Boothroyd, McAllister and Peter Reid failed to meet.

Thorn's audition for the job whetted the appetite of what could be achieved when team spirit is good and creative players are given the freedom to play in a way that suits them best. He spoke in an honest, straightforward way about what he wanted his team (without any of the managerial double-speak that afflicted Dowie and Boothroyd in particular) and gave a sense that, as he harboured no particular managerial ambitions, was able to enjoy the job and do it with some freedom.

These are his trump cards for a season in which the gap between the haves and the have-nots will be starkly illustrated by the opening game when Leicester will come t CV6 with a side containing a host of big-money summer signings such as 4.5m former Sky Blues loanee Matt Mills.

Going into the season with hopes only of seeing some positive, attacking football from a side giving their all for each other and their manager (and containing a good number of homegrown talent) should be easy targets to meet. Anything else will be a bonus.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: CCFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 10 2011

Time: 5:48PM

Your Comments

According to the story in today's Telegraph it looks like that situation isn't going to change anytime soon as we have only just avoided another transfer embargo.
houchen
Thorn has not only got one hand tied behind his back but both hands and feet as well as wearing a blindfold!
roberts
We need investment and fast or it will be bye bye Coventry City!
bloodnut
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Coventry City Articles

City Make Late Move for Deadline Duo (Tuesday September 2 2014)

Wanderers Test for Sky Blues (Monday September 1 2014)

Stats: Swindon Town v Coventry City (Monday September 1 2014)

Previously...At The Ricoh (Part One) (Sunday August 31 2014)

Hard Fought Point for City (Saturday August 30 2014)

Can City Take 3 Points Back Home? (Thursday August 28 2014)

CCFC: Under-21's Impress (Monday August 25 2014)

Weekend Reaction: Pressley on Point (Sunday August 24 2014)

Archived Coventry City Articles

List All Vital Coventry Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Swindon 1 - 1 Coventry
MK Dons 0 - 0 Coventry
Bradford 3 - 2 Coventry
Coventry 2 - 2 Barnsley
Coventry 1 - 0 Sheff Utd

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Sheff Utd 5 2 1 2 0 7
13. Gillingham 5 2 1 2 -1 7
14. Leyton Orient 5 1 3 1 1 6
15. Coventry 5 1 3 1 0 6
16. Crawley 5 2 0 3 -3 6
17. Oldham 5 1 2 2 -1 5
18. Port Vale 5 1 2 2 -1 5

Breaking League News

Posh v The O`s - JPT Preview
Peterborough : 02/09/2014 15:00:00
City Make Late Move for Deadline Duo
Coventry : 02/09/2014 14:41:00
We will be strong - Davis
Crewe : 02/09/2014 14:06:00
Notts County v Mansfield - Team News
Notts County : 02/09/2014 12:42:00
Striker Sticks With Stockport
Preston : 02/09/2014 12:13:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which Away Trip Are You Looking Forward To The Most?
Suggested By:  Editor
Barnsley 8%
Chesterfield 4%
Doncaster Rovers 1%
Fleetwood Town 13%
MK Dons 44%
Notts County 1%
Preston North End 1%
Rochdale 3%
Sheffield United 3%
Other 22%