HAS this been one of the worst years in Coventry City’s 138 year history?, writes Observer sports reporter Steve Carpenter.

Over the past 12 months we have won just seven competitive matches out of 47, drawing 16 and more worryingly losing 24. That’s 37 points out of a possible 141.

And what makes that statistic more sickening is the fact that at this stage last year the Sky Blues were sitting comfortably in the play-offs, four points off seventh-placed Reading.

So where did it all go wrong? It all started in January when the club were placed under a transfer embargo, which didn’t allow former manager Aidy Boothroyd to improve his injury-hit side and he was predictably sacked.

Some clubs may have mastered how to beat his one-dimensional system, but had he stayed, it is likely Marlon King would have had a reason to remain too. That would have given us one of the best striker in the league and more importantly goals.

Former chief scout Andy Thorn became the club’s 10th manager in as many years and he could not have got off to a better start towards the end of last season, but much has changed since then.

The core of his squad was dismantled in the summer, the club’s finances were described as a “grave concern” and the new-look board assembled last March has seemingly fallen apart.

We now find ourselves rock bottom of the Championship, we don’t have a chairman or a chief executive and the manager is being asked to perform miracles without any sort of financial backing.

A possible takeover involving the club’s former vice-chairman Gary Hoffman looks likely to be the only possible silver lining next year following the departure of Ken Dulieu, although it is not certain a bid is currently on the table.

One thing that is for certain is the Sky Blues look set to return to the third tier of English football in 2012 during the season in which we celebrate 50 years since Jimmy Hill guided us from the same depths to the top flight.

For more sports news in Coventry visit http://www.observer.co.uk


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