denied he had made a mistake by not signing Robbie Keane as the young Irishman subjected
troubled Aston Villa to another defeat.
The 19-year-old Irishman made Citys first goal and scored their second in the 2-1
home victory the first for the Sky Blues over their rivals for seven years.
Keane could well have been clad in claret and blue had Gregory decided to up his £5.5
million bid by just £500,000 in the summer but he decided Keane was "not the
Coventry nipped in and the script was prepared for Keane to embarrass the Villa boss in
front of the television cameras.
"There is nothing I can do about it now Robbie Keane plays for Coventry. I
have no regrets about the decision I made at the time.
"It was a decision I felt I had to make and I cant change history. Keane has
settled in exceptionally well at Coventry he might not have done so well if he had
come to Aston Villa."
But while City contemplate a move into the top half of the table with an eight match
unbeaten run, Villa look to be sliding in the opposite direction.
City boss Gordon Strachan refused to be drawn on Gregorys seemingly perilous
state and criticised the focus on the Villa manager.
"A lot of the build up to this game was about politics and not about the match
itself which is what really matters. The players were almost forgotten and certainly
reduced to a side issue.
"People said this was a very important game for Aston Villa but I thought it was
pretty important for us as well. It was our most important game of the season, because it
was the next one. Now that moves on to Leicester on Saturday.
"I thought Cedric Roussel did very well for us. He played well against Watford but
we had to adopt a different approach against Bradford and he was left out but he was
excellent when he came back from international duty.
"His movement is good and his touch is good for a big man and most of all he just
loves playing football."