It has been a miserable 15 years or so for Coventry City fans, none more so than this season where they find themselves in a relegation dog fight to avoid dropping into League Two. It has been an extremely disappointing season for the Sky Blues, which began with so much hope after starting the campaign on an even standing for the first time since relegation to League One. A return to the Ricoh Arena was supposed to bring about a change in fortunes for the club, but this could not be further than what has actually transpired.
Coventry have only won three times at home since returning to the ground and attracted a crowd of under 7,000 last time out against Scunthorpe. It is no secret that the owners are to blame for the majority of the failures in recent seasons. Losing the stadium – albeit temporally – back-to-back points deductions, no money to spend and a struggle to keep the club alive hasn’t exactly given manager Steven Pressley the best chance of succeeding. Selling key players such as Callum Wilson and Leon Clarke and the likes of Joe Murphy, Cyrus Christie plus Frank Moussa leaving was obviously out of Pressley’s hands due to the financial state of the club.
But isolating captain Carl Baker was. And in light of how well he is performing at the MK Dons, it would seem to be yet another example of poor management from the Scot. Billy Daniels’ performances since leaving would also suggest that Pressley struggles to get best out of certain players.
Daniels was a bit part player throughout his time at Coventry – showing glimpses of promise – but sold to Notts County in January. He scored on his debut and by all accounts has looked impressive during his short stint at County. Instances such as this, added to playing striker Frank Nouble on the left wing and fellow strikers Simeon Jackson and Marcus Tudgay in midfield, undermine Pressley’s management of Coventry City.
Performances throughout the season have been extremely lacklustre – with defensive mistakes all too regular – and the midfield seemingly giving the ball away at every possible opportunity. Goals have been hard to come by and City are in the middle of a six game winless streak. With matches against Sheffield United and MK Dons to come, it is unlikely that this streak will come to an end anytime soon. The Sky Blues are currently in 20th position, one place and one point above the relegation zone.
With poor performances that have occurred all the season – including a humiliating loss to Worcester City – the possibility of Coventry City playing League Two football next season is looking increasingly more likely. It has to be said that Steven Pressley hasn’t had a successful tenure at the club, even if things have been against him. Surely his time as manager is running out with performances and results not looking like changing in the near future.
Coventry fans are the most starved of success in the whole of the country and the only team not to have finished in the top six of any division since 1970. The club haven’t finished in the top ten of any league since 2006 and only once in the past 25 years.
It is no wonder why attendances are dropping to under 7,000 as the club have given nothing in return for loyal support. Coventry have not played at the fourth tier of English football since 1959, but 2015 could well be the year that all changes.