manager Gordon Strachan will be seeking urgent talks with talented striker Noel Whelan
this morning after the 24-year-old admitted that he was stalling on signing a new
The player has two years to run on his existing deal with the club but his words
suggest that he will not agree to extend that any further.
Whelans shock outburst came after Citys defeat by Southampton on Saturday,
when he admitted that he would leap at the chance to return to former hunting ground
Both Whelan and striker partner Darren Huckerby have been linked with Leeds in the past
week after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbainks £12 million departure left a vacancy at the
Whelan has now heightened the speculation about his own future at Coventry after he
appealed to Leeds boss David OLeary to end his Elland Road exile.
"I would love the chance to go back to my old club. My family is there and
thats where my heart is."
But the former England U21 star knows that his chequered past may count against him in
any possible deal.
"I wish I could see it happening but I cant convince myself. Maybe its
as much to do with what has happened off the pitch as on it."
However, City boss Gordon Strachan has defended the player and believes his comments
were taken completely out of context.
"Noel was in training at 9.20am this morning, which is probably the earliest he
has arrived and he apologised to me and his team-mates for his naivety and assured
everyone that he is fully behind them.
"We have gone through the taped interview and Noel kept stressing that his
priority was with Coventry and pledged himself to the club for the next two years unless
something else happens in the meantime.
"I dont think that came across in any of the stories."