IT’S hard for Sky Blues supporters to admit, so I’ll say it for you: unless a minor miracle happens between now and the end of the season Coventry City will make a return to the third tier of English football.

I was in among the 1,000 or so City fans at Derby on Saturday after-noon and for the first time in a very long time I found myself travelling to an away game without a hint of con-fidence that we could pick up even a point. I am losing the faith.

The sale of Lukas Jutkiewicz is a big blow. His nine goals this season had injected some hope into the hearts of our most loyal supporters but with him gone the task of staying up is borderline impossible.

Doncaster survived last season on 48 points, Crystal Palace did the same on 49 points the year before.

So if we use that as a marker, the Sky Blues need to pick up around 29 points from their remaining 20 games.

That task seems all the more daunting when you consider the club has only won four matches all season and the player who has scored just less than half of our goals for the season has now departed.

The jury is out for Alex Nimley who will be under pressure from day one as he steps into Jukiewicz’s shoes.

I would have liked to have seen Thorn draft in a more experienced striker and not another youngster who will bring the squad’s already incred-ibly low average age down even more.

Hermann Hreidarsson, however, will bring some much-need experi-ence and a cool head to our back four and I expect him to be heavily involved starting with this weekend’s clash with Boro.


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