It was a
day of two halves for Coventry Citys manager Gordon Strachan yesterday.
In the late afternoon he and chairman Bryan Richardson successfully completed the first
half of the deal to buy Colin Hendry from Glasgow Rangers, but then he stayed on for what
turned out to be a naff performance by the youth team.
Strachan sat squirming with frustration in the directors box as the under-18s
squandered a great chance to move through to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
Their opponents, Derby County, were reduced to nine men with thirty minutes left
through two sendings off, but Coventry lacked the penetration to win the match and it
finished 0-0. They now have to replay at Derby on 29 February and the odds are stacked
against a second successive appearance in the Cup Final.
Hendry meanwhile is expected to complete his move from Glasgow Rangers some time on
Bryan Richardson said:
"We believe we have agreed the players personal terms and now we have to
agree a transfer fee with Glasgow Rangers. Colin will come down again on Thursday for his
But the Chairman said that the player was unlikely to be fit enough to make his debut
against Tottenham Hotspur at Highfield Road on Saturday.
Hendry has been troubled by injury this season and although he played as an over-age
player in Rangers under-21 side midweek, he is not yet fully match fit.
His arrival will surely spark an exodus among the centrebacks. Coventry already have
four central defenders, Richard Shaw, Gary Breen, Paul Williams and Mo Konjic.
Konjic has had a succession of injuries, but has never broken through as a first team
regular, and Paul Williams has rejected a new contract, so one, or both of those, could be
on their way.