This weeks ‘fans zone’ section in the Coventry Telegraph was written by Sid Wilson and he rightfully discussed the clubs lack of form, lack of threat in front of goal and disappointing end to the season, but what he wrongfully discussed was the record of current manager Chris Coleman.
One ingredient that has been proven time and time again in this division is solidarity. Clubs like Cardiff City who have stuck by their manager for many seasons have afters years of development finally turned themselves into play-off credentials and I believe Chris Coleman will do exactly the same with the Sky Blues if he is given time.
The manager brings in players, co-ordinates training and picks the tactics, but at the end of the day it’s those eleven players on the pitch who pick up the points. In fact if we are to blame anyone for our failure to secure a play-off sport, our recent run of form and a clear lack of goals then fingers can be pointed at strikers.
Its humiliating when Bet365 offer staggering odds of 80-1 for Coventry City’s top goal scorer Clinton Morrison to score the only goal of the game away at Sheffield United tomorrow, but in a way those odds are not too surprising given our recent inability to put the ball in the back of the net.
The club is not lacking any real goal threat. Freddie Eastwood was (before he signed for the Sky Blues) one of the hottest young strikers outside the Premier League, as too is Jonathon Stead who hasn’t really got going whilst on loan from Ipswich. Freddie Sears has impressed at West Ham but the youngster has simply failed in his quest to score goals to push the clubs promotion bid.
So where have the goals come from? Okay Eastwood this season has slightly improved and although Welshman has struggled to gain a permanent first team slot he has still managed to score seven goals. Sammy Clingan has had an exceptional debut season for the club and his five goals have contributed well, but most goals have come from the old strike partnership of Clinton Morrison and Leon Best.
Best was in the form of his career for the Sky Blues before he made a January move to Premier League bound Newcastle United and his relationship with former Republic of Ireland international Clinton Morrison worked well, but unfortunately when young players at the club start to play well they want to move on and are sold for a small profit.