Sky Blues View: Coventry needed Wembley win more than survival after years of turmoil

Ricoh Arena  Coventry  match in progress2
Ricoh Arena Coventry match in progress2

Coventry fan Anthony Hornsby talks SISU, Slade & Robins ahead of Sunday’s game at Glanford Park.

What is the current situation with SISU, the club’s owners? Are they any closer to selling the club?

There has been a few bids in recent weeks but in all honesty, it would take a miracle for one to be accepted. It’s hard to gauge if they’re closer to selling, because nobody knows what they’re doing at any time. It’s safe to say that, now is going to be their best maybe only chance to sell in the foreseeable future though.

Our ex boss Mark Robins, who is bound to get plenty of stick has taken charge and seems to be doing OK. He won the EFL Trophy and has picked up a few results, albeit too little too late. Did you welcome the return of Robins and are you confident he is the man to start improving fortunes on the field next season?

The return of Robins was taken with a pinch of salt by me and many others. His managerial quality whilst at Coventry is good. It’s the fact he left with some animosity from the fans due to his comment about having “Sky Blue Blood” weeks before jumping ship. As for next season, he will only be as good as the club allows him to be financially. He, like managers before him, can’t perform miracles. But I do expect us to be in the top 10.

You won the EFL Trophy infront of huge Sky Blues numbers at Wembley. Would you have swapped victory there, for staying up in League One?

This is a difficult one, as a fairly young supporter I don’t have 1987 to look back upon. Yet, it’s the greatest day in the clubs history and spoken about almost daily. However, Coventry City don’t (with respect) belong in League Two.

Ultimately, I don’t think I would swap it, the reason being, Coventry fans have been through so much in recent years under sisu, relegations, Sixfield, constant lies and dragged through court. We needed a day like the EFL Trophy final. The unity, togetherness and passion was all back it was incredible. For a day, we remembered what it was like to support a football club, not a business model.

Robins says he hopes you will have enough players to field a team on Sunday! Who is missing through injury and is it likely to be a youthful side that visit Glanford Park?

Whoever we play injured or not it will be a youthful side, as that all we have overall in the team bar a few players. We rely strongly on our academy to produce talent, before it is sold and by that I mean both the academy and its players!

Russell Slade’s disastarous spell effectively gave you too much to do. He was only there three months but what went wrong? Was three months too long?

The appointment was wrong. It just went to show the lack of due diligence from Tim Fisher who is not a footballing professional, he is a financial advisor. Three months was too long, like Mowbray, after 10 games into management, if the wins don’t come you need to ask yourself – what are you bringing to a job role? Similar to a probation period at any job, that’s what they’re there for.

The Coventry side the Iron won 1-0 earlier in the season looked to be lacking confidence and ideas. Has anything changed?

Robins is in my opinion a great man manager. He gives the players far more belief and confidence going into a game than managers recently such as Slade. This is evident from our EFL Final victory, his ability to fear players up for a game.

Who should we watch out for in the Coventry side?

Gael Bigirimana, he will run the show for us, he has done a good job in picking up where John Fleck left off before leaving for Sheff United. In a team with no real direction this season, he has always seemed to produce. Arguably our player of the season. Doubt he will be around for the start of next though.

How do you think you will fare next season?

Honestly, that’s an impossible question to ask because there’s going to be a big turn-around in players in this off season. Contracts expire and our newly set-up scouting network is already compiling reports of players to bring in. However, I’d expect top 10, ultimately. Play-offs would be a nice surprise.

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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