The Championship 2011/2012 Season Preview – Coventry City

Club Name:  Coventry City              

Last season in brief:  started the season off well sitting pretty in the top half of the table, looking like after ten years we could actually make the play-offs! But around Christmas time the club got stuck in an 18 match win-less run which ended up with Aidy Bothroyd losing his job after 10months in charge. The Sky Blues form didn’t really seem to pick up until the last month of the season, winning three, drawing four and losing just one of the last eight games. The good end of season form stopped any worries of relegation.

So, it has been many seasons gone by since we were relegated from the Premier League and it was the same old story forCoventryCity! Start the season off on a flyer as the fans dream of promotion. But by December those dreams were dashed, as yet another manager loses his job. By the end of the season we some how manage to save ourselves from relegation Again! So we live to fight another day.

2010/2011 Final Finish: 18th

Who’s New: Joe Murphy (Free Transfer from Scunthorpe Utd), Chris Dunn (Free Transfer fromNorthampton)

Who’s Out: Marlon King (Free Transfer to Birmingham), Keiren Westwood (Free Transfer to Sunderland), Isaac Osbourne (Free Transfer to Aberdeen), Aron Gunnarsson (Free Transfer to Cardiff), Stephen O’Halloran (Free Transfer to Carlisle United) Michael McIndoe (Released)

Who to Watch: Lukas Jutkiewicz – showed much promise in first season at the club, scoring 9 goals. Andy Thorn has high hopes for the young striker as he’s been handed the Number 9 shirt.

Who’s going up:

Birmingham – I think they will have strong side particularly with signings such as Marlon King. Also they haven’t lost many of there premier league players.

Leicester City – They already had quite a good squad last season but they have made some good signings such as Kasper Schmeichel and David Nugent to add to their squad. They also have a board willing to spend money and a high class manager in Swen-Goran Eriksson.

West Ham Utd – Again like Birmingham, they haven’t lost many of their premier league players and they have also signed a quality midfielder in Kevin Nolan. They have a top class manager in Sam Allardyce. He has proven in the past with Bolton, he knows how to get a team out of the Championship and not only into the premier league but able to stay there and progress into Europe.  

Who’s going down:

Brighton – They have made a few good signings including Craig Mackail-Smith but he has been at this level before withPeterborough and struggled. I don’t think they will have the strength in depth to survive in the Championship.

Doncaster – They do indeed play very attractive passing football. But I do feel that they will struggle to score many goals as they have done in previous seasons and particularly with the championship being so strong this season.

Peterborough – Posh are they much a team likeScunthorpe, who have too much class for league 1 but not enough class for the Championship. I think they will struggle with the loss of key player Craig Mackail-Smith, who scored most of the goals that got them promoted last season.

Where will you finish: 10th