SEP 99] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Strachan Numb After Tranmere
Gordon Strachan was a figure of disillusionment as he talked of his
players and staff being at a crossroads in their careers after last nights 5-1
debacle at Tranmere Rovers in the Worthington Cup.
After witnessing his weakened team take the lead and then
concede five second half goals Strachan spent half an hour in the dug out in earnest
discussion with his coaching staff.
He emerged to say:
"Sometimes in a football career whether you are a
manager, or a player, a coach or anything, there comes a point that changes your career.
"Now I think we have to decide from our actions
whether we let this affect us and it becomes a stigma which is too much to bear.
"We either panic and it does become too much or we get
stronger and do something about it.
"It was an embarrassment and that is not taking
anything away from Tranmere. It was a humiliating experience for this club a
stigma. The only way you can wash away a stigma is by playing well. We deserve to be
remembered as the team that got beaten 5-1 at Tranmere.
"Ultimately the responsibility comes to me, but the
blame should not go to one person. Everyone at the club should look at himself and ask
where he is going to go in football.
"This is the lowest point. I was angry after we lost
at Luton in the cup, but this time I feel numb."
Strachan said he would be considering taking action within
the club against David Burrows, who was sent off for the second time in five weeks. It was
his first appearance after his three-match ban for the previous sending off at Leicester