Steven Pressley was absolutely livid after Coventry City lost the all important FA Cup first round fixture yesterday at home.
The defeat was totally embarrassing as it came against a minnow like Worcester City which is a non-league team.
It’s after 25 years that Coventry’s campaign in the FA Cup has been ended by a side which doesn’t have the league status.
The last time it had happened to them was back in 1989 when Sutton United had beaten them.
Since the time Pressley has received the contract extension at Ricoh Arena, the Blues have played 10 games and have lost 7 out of them. A couple have been draws, while, they have won just a solitary one i.e. against Peterborough United.
Pressley was far from being pleased when he sat down last evening to have a chat with the reporters and he did not hesitate to express his feelings.
The 41-year old was quoted as saying, “I don’t like to have a go at my players unnecessarily, but, today, I will have to say that they did not play well at all. The coaches have been providing them minute details about everything to make sure they prepare properly, but, it’s up to them to go out there on the pitch and deliver. Sadly, they are not doing that at present.”
“I am disappointed to see that a few guys are indifferent towards the club. They don’t appear passionate enough to me and that’s not the way the relationships work. If the club is taking care of every need of yours, you must also payback with performances.”
The next outing that Coventry is going to have is against Plymouth Argyle in Football League Trophy. That will be another home game for them.11.27.14
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Coventry City slipped further down the table after a 2-1 defeat against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday. The defeat raised further questions about manager Steven Pressley’s ability to lead the team. They have taken just 13 points from the opening 12 matches of the season. The poor form has seen them take just one win in the last five and this too came in the football league trophy match against Exeter City. The financial troubles faced by the club are well known, but even then, they were expected to at least challenge for a play-off place.
The club seems far away from doing it right now, as they are already five points behind the final play-off place which is occupied by Chesterfield with 18 points. More than 1000 supporters made their way to the Crewe Alexandra stadium to support their team. Crewe Alexandra had a comfortable evening after going 2-0 up with just over 30 minutes on the clock. Even though Coventry pulled one back in the second half after an own goal from Grant, the sending-off of Flint with a second yellow card late in the second half ensured three points for the home team.
Coventry will be hoping to get some respite from this poor run of form when they host Bristol city at home this weekend. “There are no excuses, games like this are must win. It is my responsibility to ensure we start winning these games. The first half was poor, I was disappointed with certain aspects, but not our work ethic. We didn’t win enough 50-50’s, we have to do better at that aspect of our game. In the second half we were much better and we imposed ourselves on the game,” said Pressley.10.2.14
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Coventry City have extended the contract of the manager Steven Pressley until the summer of 2018. Pressley has managed to overcome on the financial difficulties at the club to establish a stable playing squad, which is set to dominate League One in the coming weeks. Coventry were one of the early season favourites for securing an automatic promotion spots, but they made a poor start to the campaign that has threatened to derail their ambitions. Pressley, though, has improved performances in the recent matches. The recent 2-1 defeat against Scunthorpe United is the first defeat suffered the team in the last five matches.
It appears that the club have been left extremely happy with the manager that they have offered him a new four year extension to the deal. Along with the contract extension to Pressley, the club have also ensured that first-team coach Darren Murray also signs long-term deal. After signing this new deal, Pressley said that his ambition remains to take the club back into the Championship. As a result of the defeat against Scunthorpe, Coventry remain eighth in the table after having taken 12 points from the opening round of fixtures.
They have yet another away match coming up this weekend as they visit at Rochdale, who are just one place behind them in the table. “I have always felt that there is huge potential for Coventry City. We’ve only just begun to scratch the surface in the 18 months that we have been here and I look forward to continuing the job we’ve started. I was so proud to lead the club out at the Ricoh Arena last Friday night and it brought home to everyone just how much Coventry City Football Club means to the people and the community of Coventry,” said Pressley after the club announced his new contract.09.4.14
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Josh McQuoid has been placed on loan to Coventry City by his parent club Bournemouth for the first half of the upcoming season.
The 24-year old English striker is the 10th player to be brought at the Sixfields Stadium this summer.
McQuoid has quite a good record in League One as well as in the Championship.
Talking to the reporters about him yesterday, the Coventry manager Steven Pressley said, “We had been trying to bring Josh here since a while. He is such a utility player. He has proved himself already in League One and has done well in Championship too.”
“With him coming, we have quite a few choices now in the frontline. Hopefully, his impact on the club is positive over the next few months.”
McQuoid is only 24 years of age presently, but, he is not short of experience. He has been playing at the senior level for 8 years now.
Pressley had lacked offensive options in the latter parts of the previous season. Apart from Callum Wilson, he had no one whom he could rely on up front.
He doesn’t want to find himself in that situation again this season and that’s why, he is looking for the loan as well as the permanent signings of the offensive players.
Pressley has already signed a couple of strikers in the form of Shaun Miller and Marcus Tudgay on a permanent basis. Both these players had been released by their respective previous clubs.
As far as McQuoid is concerned, he is a versatile player who can be used as a playmaker too.
Coventry had disappointed the fans last season with continuous mediocre performances, but, with the shuffling being done in the squad this summer; they can be expected to do well in the 2014-15 Season.08.6.14
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