BUMPY RIDE

Coventry City have been going through a bumpy ride for the last couple of years and manager Steven Pressley has accepted that it was never going to be easy to rebuild the club that had been in decline for more than a decade. Coventry were once in the Premier league not in the distant past, but they have since slipped down the tables and are currently playing in the third division. They could easily find themselves in the bottom of the pyramid if they failed to avoid relegation this season.

Coventry are perilously close to the relegation zone with several matches left in the campaign. This has led to calls for the sacking of Steven Pressley, but the manager has defended his actions so far by saying that the rebuilding job at the club cannot be done overnight. He has pointed out to the several years of decline that the club has had to go through. Despite the troubled times at the club, Pressley is confident that the fans will be able to come out much stronger. Coventry still could possibly get into the Championship via the play-offs.

After 32 matches in the campaign, they are 14 points behind Peterborough United. They finally managed to arrest the slide of three consecutive defeats with a draw against Shrewsbury.

“You always want to win but what we have to recognise is the building process, and we’ve probably been victims of our own success because the acceleration of the team was so quick and so good for the first four or five months. But I said during that period that with a young side and developing squad that there would be difficult periods along the way, and we’re going through that now. There is no way you will ever get a smooth rise with no blips along the way,” said Pressley.

CONTENDERS

Coventry City were expected to be contenders for promotion in League One, but they have been disappointing so far and have managed a mediocre 10th position after just over half of the season. The fortunes of the team did not improve even into 2014 after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Oldham during the weekend. Coventry manager Steven Pressley, though, was extremely upbeat after the match, as he believed that his team should have had all three points rather than just one. He said that Coventry were the only team in the match looking to get a win.

The positive for Pressley comes from Coventry’s recent form, as they are undefeated – apart from the 2-1 win over Swindon – in the last few matches. They will be now looking to convert the draws into victories, as there still remains a possibility of qualifying for the play-offs. After a 4-2 win over Peterborough United in the last match, Coventry looked confident in all areas of the, but they were unable to convert their chances into goals.

Oldham Athletic took the lead in the match through Clarke-Harris just the stroke of half-time, but Coventry managed to get back into the encounter through Baker’s goal in the 73rd minute.

“When you perform like we did you need to score more than one goal and we’ve got to keep a clean sheet. Oldham are a very well organised side and we can’t concede the goal that we did just before half time. Like Peterborough it was a goal from a set play and we talk about responsibility and not letting your man score but what also came out of today was that we were still that goal down with 25 minutes to play,” said the Coventry manager after the match to the club’s official site.

MORE PLAYERS IN

The manager of Coventry City, Steven Pressley, is looking to bring a couple of players in his squad before Thursday which is the deadline for making emergency loan signings.

Coventry City’s performance in their last couple of home games has been disastrous. First they were defeated by Tranmere Rovers by a huge margin of 1-5 last Saturday and then, yesterday, they suffered another heavy defeat against Rotherham United.

Because of those two defeats, the Sky Blues have moved down to no. 13 in the League One points table.

Coventry is not looking that strong upfront at the moment and Pressley is aware of that weakness of his team. Thus, he is looking to sign a quality striker on loan and the first name in his list is reported to be Chris Dagnall who plays for Barnsley in the Npower Championship.

Coventry had come into the ongoing League One with -10 in the points’ column. If that had not been the case, they would have been in top 10 in the League One points table by now. They have actually secured 31 points in the League One this season, but, because of that penalty of 10 points, they have got only 21 in the points’ column at the moment.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, Pressley said, “I think it’s time to bring a bit of fresh energy in the camp. We are looking to secure the services of a couple of guys in the next 2-3 days. Let’s see what happens.”

“The players who are in the squad at the moment haven’t performed poorly so far. But, bringing some new guys in is definitely going to help us.”

Coventry City’s next match is against MK Dons. That match will be played at Stadium mk on Saturday.

SECOND DEFEAT

Coventry City recently suffered the second consecutive defeat after losing 2-0 against Brentford in the League One. These two defeats have taken the wind out of the team that had gone six matches without defeat previously. After the match, manager Steven Pressley said that the team lost their focus midway through the match. They will be hoping to return to winning ways with the match against Stevenage during the weekend. As a result of the good form in the month of September, Coventry have been able to move into the 22nd position in the table.

This is extremely impressive considering that this is the season with a deficit of 10 points due to a penalty. Donaldson opened the scoring for Brentford in the 22nd minute, but Coventry always looked like being able to get back into the match because the deficit was only one goal. However, Martin Taylor’s goal in the 68th minute brought about a significant change. Coventry were unable to recover from then on in and they lost the match. They have so far taken 14 points, but they sit in the table with only four points. All the teams around them have played the same number of matches – nine.

Pressley has said that there were times in the match when the team looked like accepting the defeat and that should not repeat.

“We lost our way a bit. We stopped doing what we work towards all the time, our passing became a bit lethargic and we didn’t keep passing the tight areas like we normally do. In the end we went down 2-0 and on reflection Brentford deserved that but the one thing that disappointed me was the way we lost our spirit. That’s not the type of performance I want. In football there is a manner to lose them and today we looked like we just accepted that,” said Pressley.

PROMOTION HOPES

Coventry City will be beginning the new season in League One looking to get swiftly promoted into the Championship. The club will be looking to strengthen the squad once the transfer embargo is lifted shortly. This is the aim of the manager Stephen Pressley, who has been holding out trials of several players in the last few weeks. Two foreign players – Spanish defender Daniel Orozco and Portuguese midfielder Fabio Martins – have been on trial at the club in recent weeks. However, they have not impressed the manager sufficiently in order to earn a new deal once the transfer embargo is lifted.

As a result, they have been told to return to their home country. After the recent 3-2 defeat against Mansfield Town in a friendly match, Pressley has said that he does not know whether he will be continuing his interest in Fabio Martins. According to him, the Portuguese winger has impressed in certain areas, but he does not know whether he will be good enough for a team that aims to get promoted. The situation was a little different with Orozco after the defender suffered an injury just after his arrival to the club.

However, Pressley is quite happy with the effort he has put in just to come to the club, and he will certainly take a look at him in the future.

“Fabio showed flashes of quality but whether or not I am going to pursue that, I don’t know. I have been pretty definite about the type of player I am looking for in that position but I don’t think he quite carries that DNA that I am looking for; that really electrifying pace. He’s a very special football player, there’s no doubt about that, and obviously Danny Orozco came in and unfortunately got injured,” said Pressley.

PRESSLEY IMPRESSED BY FERGUSON

Coventry manager Steven Pressley is the latest to praise Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson after he has labelled the 71-year-old as an inspiration to all managers. Ferguson recently announced this decision to retire from his managerial career after more than 40 years of managing several clubs. However, he is widely known for managing Manchester United former than 26 years. During this period, he has managed to lift 38 titles with the club. This trophy haul includes Premier league and Champions League titles as well.

The longevity of Ferguson has always been spoken of as a model for several clubs, who constantly change their managers. Ferguson almost came close to losing his job after three years without a trophy at Manchester United, but he has since gone on to create a legacy at the club that will be hard to overcome. Pressley has said that the most important characteristic of Ferguson is his will to win, which is extremely strong even at the age of 71 years. Over the course of his incredible managerial career, Ferguson has overseen 1499 matches yet he retains the same will to win.

Pressley has also praised the way Ferguson has managed to create a style of football, which has become synonymous with Manchester United.

“He’s an inspiration to us all in terms of his desire about his job and the intensity in which he goes about it, he’s never lost that. He’s never satisfied even when he wins the league because the next time he wants his team to win it again with even more style. He’s embraced new methods and changed with the game but he’s still stayed true to the old school values, he’s never lost his hunger and always looks to improve his team no matter what they achieve,” said Coventry manager Pressley.