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[11 MAY 99] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Nilsson Farewell

Roland Nilsson, Coventry City FCCoventry City’s Swedish defender Roland Nilsson will take his final bow in front of the Sky Blues faithful at Highfield Road on Sunday.

Nilsson looks set to start the match against Leeds United before departing the club to become director of football at his hometown team Helsingborgs.

The classy former Sheffield Wednesday fullback has made 68 appearances for City since signing for 200,000 two seasons ago under the management of Ron Atkinson.

Nilsson believes it will be an emotional occasion. He said:

"It will be very special for me. I have a strong feeling that I will start the game and I am fully fit and raring to go.

"I will be relishing every moment of the game and I hope we can finish on a high with a win.

"Our season is almost behind us now after we finally managed to make ourselves safe at Derby. It was a bit nerve wracking at the end and I thought they were going to score in the last minute."

The defender is desperate to play in the match so he can bid farewell to the thousands of City fans that have hero-worshipped him over the last two seasons.

He said:

"Happiness is so important and I have had that at both Sheffield and Coventry, there is something special about supporters in this country that makes them stand out.

"The Coventry supporters are so passionate about their team and it is wonderful to be on the receiving end of that.

"I hope that the club has a very successful future after I leave and it has been a real thrill to play for this club, I will certainly return to watch the lads play from time to time."

The 35-year-old will not be getting much of a break to rest after the end of the English season – his new club Helsingborgs are currently in the midst of a campaign that Nilsson will join next week.

"I head back to Sweden first thing on Monday morning and then play my first game for Helsingborgs the following Sunday so there is no break for me," he smiles.
    

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