manager Gordon Strachan has slammed what he terms politically correct decisions to
promote ladies after claiming assistant referee Wendy Toms missed a crucial offside.
She was an assistant referee at Highfield Road on Saturday when Coventry lost 4-3 to
Leeds United and was patrolling the line at the end of the pitch where Michael Bridges
scored what turned out to be Leeds winner.
"That goal was at least three to four yards offside," said Strachan.
"In a way we are getting politically correct decisions about promoting ladies. It
does not matter if they are ladies, men or Alsatian dogs, but if they are not good enough
to run the line they should not get the job. Dont be politically correct and promote
people just for the sake of doing it. Do it if they are right, do it if they are good.
"In my report I will say that without doubt this was the worst assistant
refereeing display I have seen this season by far. Not only for that decision but numerous
ones through the game."
Wendy Toms will be part of history tonight when for the first time all four officials
at a professional match will be women. She will referee Nuneaton Boroughs Football
Conference match at Kidderminster and the two assistant referees and the assessor are also
Strachan has more than Wendy Toms to worry about in the Worthington Cup tie at Tranmere
Rovers tomorrow however.
His squad is depleted to such a degree that seventeen year old Gary McSheffrey is the
only available striker.
Coventry have nine members of the first team squad either injured or unavailable.
Robbie Keane is cup-tied after playing in the competition for Wolverhampton Wanderers and
Youssef Chippo is suspended after being shown two yellow cards at Sunderland.
In addition Magnus Hedman, John Aloisi, Noel Whelan, Paul Telfer, Runar Normann, Gary
Breen and Laurent Delorge are on the injury list.
It leaves the manager scratching around to field a side, even though he is helped by
the return of David Burrows from his three match ban.