City, safe at last in the Premiership, are hunting two slices of glory this week.
The reserves could snatch the Pontins League Division One championship while the youth
team has the slenderest of chances in the FA Youth Cup final.
The reserves need to win their last fixture of the season against Tranmere Rovers at
Highfield Road on Thursday to squeeze ahead of Middlesbrough and Oldham Athletic to snatch
Twenty-four hours later the under-18s travel to play West Ham United at Upton Park in
the second leg of the FA Youth Cup Final.
They face a big task because they lost the first leg 3-0 at Highfield Road last Friday.
West Ham are acknowledged as the finest youth team in the country, maybe the finest for
years, and Citys youngsters did well against them for an hour. But they conceded
three goals in eight minutes to make their task mountainous in the second leg.
They will hope to score an early goal to put pressure on the home side and striker Gary
McSheffrey is the player they will be looking to for that.
The 16 year old, who became Coventrys youngest ever first teamer when he went on
as a substitute against Aston Villa in March, has scored 37 goals this season at under-17,
under-18 and under-19 levels and he almost scored in the first leg of the cup final.
The first team, in contrast, face a relaxing end to their season. They reached
Premiership safety with the single point gained at Derby County and can enjoy
Saturdays final fixture against Leeds United at Highfield Road.
The match will be a 23,500 sell-out and Coventry could take the opportunity to give a
final game to Roland Nilsson before he leaves to return to Sweden permanently.
The right back says he is ready to play again after recovering from his broken ribs and
punctured lung and he is sure of a big send-off from the Coventry public if manager Gordon
Strachan allows him to play this one last game.