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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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.06.23.14
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.06.11.14
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