ccfc_4_c1344617_1188_580AFTER hearing the news that Clive Platt has opted to join a League Two club over staying with the Sky Blues, I can’t help but feel this is a new all-time low for Coventry City, writes Steve Carpenter.

Andy Thorn said last week he wanted the 34-year-old striker to stay as he looks to build a squad capable of bouncing straight back into the Championship next year.

But the chance to link up with Aidy Boothroyd and a two-year deal at Northampton Town appears to have been too good an opportunity to turn down.

And it shows how far we have fallen in recent years.

I have to admit I have been somewhat pre-occupied since the turn of the new year, which has enabled me to put my relegation frustrations on hold.

My series of features to celebrate the 25th anniversary of club’s famous victory over Spurs in 1987 FA Cup final allowed me to speak with every member of that famous squad.

But 25 years on success, no matter how big or small, seems such a long way away and I think fans will get a real taste of reality when the fixture list gets released next month.

The summer break is usually a time to take in the excitement of the transfer merry-go-round.

But this summer, like all too many in recent years, supporters will be on the edge of their seats in fear of finding out who has decided to depart.

I’m trying to find reasons to remain positive but even the youngsters are deservedly attracting interest.

Newcastle are reported to be lining up a ‘sizeable’ offer for 18-year-old academy graduate Gael Bigirimana, Martin Cranie is set to leave on a free transfer and Richard Keogh could be sold to bring in some much-needed income to keep the club’s life support machine going for another couple of months.

So as we all prepare for the football feast that is Euro 2012, spare a thought for Thorn and Steve Waggott, who face the daunting task of persuading players that the Sky Blues are moving in the right direction when we all know deep down that is far from the truth.


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