By Tony Alvarez
Oh what a difference a year makes in our beloved game, just over 12 months ago December the 8th 2010 to be exact I wrote an article asking the question could Coventry maintain their excellent form and the promotion push they were on at the time.
The club were flying high in the Championship and were only 3 points behindCardiffCitywho at the time occupied the second automatic promotion spot.
As I type this article just 1 year and 11 days laterCoventrysit rock bottom of the Coca Cola Championship with just 13 points from 22 fixtures.
Of course a lot has changed since that article a year ago and not only the clubs fortunes, at the time of the previous article Aidy Boothroyd was the manager of the Sky Blue side, he has of course moved on to pastures new, another change is that of Marlon King who impressed in a sky blue shirt and has since moved on to rivals Birmingham.
This article is not to look back at what could have been for Coventry but to the future and if they can keep their status as a Championship side beyond this season and what they will need to do to get back to winning ways and keep their place in England’s second tier.
Shockingly for the club and its fans the clubs last victory was on October the 15th when they beatNottinghamForest 1-0 at home, since that victory the club have a record of 8 losses and 3 draws means three points from a possible 33.
Of course when a club is on a run as dismal asCoventryare there are many things that can be blamed, the squad are not good enough, the managers not good enough, we can’t defend etc looking from the outside the main problem is the sides lack of goals.
Beside striker Lukas Jutkiewicz who has a respectable 8 goals not one other member of the squad has more than 2 goals to their name.
The league table shows a story on its own with the club only winning two games all season and have only found the net 17 times.
Things don’t get much easier for Coventry, over the busy Christmas and New year period they club face a rejuvenated Bristol City, a tricky Brighton side as well as promotion contenders West Ham United and Southampton.
I am also interested to know just what has happened with Freddy Eastwood the lad clearly has talent and could clearly help dig the club out of its current hole, however he has made just one substitute appearance all season and manager Andy Thorn has told him to find a new club, it appears the two have had a personal issue over Eastwood’s attitude however now is the time to put personal issues aside.
It’s a shame to say it as Coventry are a big club but its hard to see the club getting out of this rut and personally I think relegation looks inevitable, the only glimmer of hope I see is that the club are not losing heavily usually by just the odd goal meaning that there is still some optimism that the club can turn some of them results around and put up a fight for their place in the Championship.
I have always had good responses fromCoventryfans whenever I have wrote about them and would be interested to know what the fans thought on my current views.
Is Andy Thorn the right man for the job? Can you get out of the rut and maintain your Championship status? Where are the goals going to come from? What is the problem with Freddy Eastwood? In all honest do you think the squad is strong enough to stay in the Championship?
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