Football Manager 2013 – Operation Premiership – Coventry City – Episode 20

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McQuoid Placed On Loan

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.

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Newcastle United V Coventry City 1977-78

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Peterborough United vs Coventry City – League One 2013/14

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Swanson Close To Coventry Signing

The Scotland international, Danny Swanson, has been reported to be close to signing for Coventry City. According to the reports, the Peterborough player will go through the medical test later today and if it goes on smoothly, he would put pen on paper.

Swanson has been a part of Peterborough since the last couple of seasons and has played about 80 games for them.

The Posh were believed to be willing to extend his contract because of his decent performance form in the previous season, but, the winger turned it down.

Swanson who is 27 years of age at the moment had begun his senior career in the second tier of Scottish football. Berwick Rangers were the first club which he had represented. He played for three years for them before joining Dundee United, a Scottish Premiership club.

Thereafter, he made his way to England as he was bought by Peterborough in 2012.

Swanson would be the first player to be signed by Steven Pressley, the newly appointed manager of Coventry.

His signing should not let Coventry miss Mark Marshall, the Caribbean player who has taken the transfer to Port Vale this summer.

Apart from Marshall, a couple of other players have parted ways with Coventry as well of late. Those players are Blair Adams (a left back from England) and Franck Moussa (a playmaker from Belgium).

Moussa has signed for Charlton Athletic, while, Adams has gone to Notts County.

Coventry’s performance in the last season was below par. They eventually finished 15th with 55 points, but, at one point of time, they looked to be in danger of suffering relegation.

But, this summer, with the arrival of Pressley as the new man in charge, there are hopes among the fans for a better performance.

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Pressley Reveals Loan Plans

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has claimed that he is ready to use the loan market in order to strengthen the team for the upcoming season. Coventry only managed to avoid relegation last season after they finished 18th in the table. Pressley adopted the technique of bringing several loan players first season as well. However, this move paid only have rich dividends since the likes of Nathan Delfouneso of Aston Villa did not manage to do sufficiently well enough to warrant a place in the team. However, there was also success in the form of Anton Robinson and Michael Petrasso as well.

Coventry have a lot of financial difficulties and this is unlikely to allow Pressley to sign permanent players. He is, however, empowered with the ability to sign players on a permanent basis, which was certainly not the case last summer. Coventry were in a transfer embargo back then and this did not allow him to utilise the transfer window. Coventry will be hoping to at least make it into the play-offs of League One so that it would give them confidence of returning back to the championship. Several delegations in the last decade have hampered the club quite badly and they are in a dire financial straits right now.

“We have been working tirelessly to identify the right kind of player that we want to bring into the building and we are looking to start the recruitment process as quickly as possible but we have to make sure we get the right ones. If the right player presents himself to us tomorrow then we will sign him tomorrow but at this moment in time that has not been the case. I obviously have to think strategically in terms of managing my playing budget for next season but part of that process may be that certain players,” Pressley said.

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Rodney Marsh against Coventry City, 1972

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Prutton Happy To Return To Coventry

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder David Prutton has revealed that he would be happy to return to Coventry City on a permanent basis. The 32-year-old played for Coventry a period of six weeks during a loan spell. He will be a free transfer in the summer after being told by Sheffield Wednesday that the club does not want to extend his contract. Prutton also does not appear to be in the plans of manager Stuart Gray. Prutton has been Sheffield Wednesday player for the last three years, but a spell at the club now looks set to end in the next few weeks.

Prutton played a huge role in helping Coventry stay in the League One of English football. Hence, Steven Pressley is likely to be in favour of a move, but that could depend on a number of factors like wages. Prutton has revealed that Coventry have been extremely good for him in every aspect that he would like to move to the club a permanent basis. The midfielder will bring a lot of experience – especially of top-level football – with him. He has played in the Premier league with Southampton when they were managed by Gordon Strachan.

The midfielder, though, has revealed that Pressley has not spoken with him after the end of the season.

“The manager and his staff have been very complimentary about me and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coventry. The first part of the loan deal was having the chance to have a look at each other and making sure the club were safe on the understanding that further conversations would happen after that. From a personal view point my loan worked out perfectly and if there is something more permanent then I’d definitely be interested,” said the 32-year-old. Coventry finished 18th in the table after a disappointing season.

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Welcome to Coventry – England, City Guide in English

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Striker Nathan Delfouneso was regarded as one of the young and upcoming exciting prospects at Aston Villa, but his career has gone off the rails in recent years and he is right now playing on loan at Coventry City. This is the third division club in England right now. It is widely expected that Villa will not offer him a new contract and will sell him in the summer if they do not see the striker making a lot of progress at Coventry. He still has four weeks left on his loan deal with the League One club.

Ahead of the climax, manager Steven Pressley has stated that the striker should consider making the most out of the time he has at Coventry. After just two wins in the last five matches, Coventry are in the mid-table of the League One with any hopes of promotion ending several weeks ago. They are also unlikely to get into relegation trouble in the remaining few weeks of the campaign. The 23-year-old striker still has a long time left in football, but he needs to find the back of the net on a more regular basis in order to be considered as an Aston Villa striker.

Pressley says that he has never doubted the ability of the striker, but he needs to start performing on the pitch more often than not.

“It’s a pivotal time for him and a time when he has to grasp the opportunity and show that mentality and hunger to prove people wrong. He has four weeks to prove to us at this football club that he’s a consideration for next season. That’s what he’s got, four weeks, not just to prove to us but to any other potential suitors that he’s a capable striker for next season,” said the Coventry City manager.

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