star Youssef Chippo failed to show last night for the medical examination needed to
finalise his transfer to Coventry City.
There was nothing sinister in his non-arrival. He was delayed for 24 hours in Portugal
and was flying in today.
Chippo signed transfer forms at the weekend to agree his £1 million move from the
Portuguese club FC Porto, but all transfer deals are subject to a thorough medical by the
buying club, including X/rays and often bone scans.
Coventrys medical staff were awaiting his arrival yesterday evening when the call
came of the delay. He will have his first meeting on British soil with his new manager
Gordon Strachan today, but he misses club chairman Bryan Richardson who is away on
business involving the clubs new stadium.
Chippo was watched in action on several occasions by Strachan and Richardson after he
was spotted and his background was researched by Coventrys Europe-based scout Ray
The club agreed the deal with Porto, but the Portuguese club requested nothing should
be made public until the end of their season.
The Moroccan, who has won 35 international caps, is a left sided player, so Coventry
will be well-off in that department for the new season with David Burrows, Steve Froggatt,
Laurent Delorge and Marcus Hall also competing for places.
The young Belgian Delorge is the equivalent of a second new signing. He broke his leg
in his first outing in the reserve team but is now recovered and will be taking part fully
in pre-season training which starts next month.
Strachan has indicated that he will be pruning his first team squad down to around
twenty-one players for the new season. The reserve team will be made up largely of young
professionals through the clubs Soccer Academy set up.
As part of the pruning exercise Strachan has already off-loaded Barry Prenderville to
Ayr United while Andrew Ducros and Craig Faulconbridge have left the club.