Coventry City today unveiled new recruit Colin Hendry to Sky Blues
fans and also revealed that they have made another big signing.
the Scotland international at today’s press conference sat highly
rated goalkeeper Magnus Hedman, who has spent the last two months
locked in contract talks with the club.
Those negotiations are now over and the Swedish international has
put pen to paper and agreed a new four-year deal with the club.
Sky Blues chairman Bryan Richardson admitted that both the signing
of Hendry and the retention of Hedman were of huge significance to the
"I think this shows the clear direction that Coventry City
are now heading in.
"The fact that the likes of Robbie Keane wanted to join us
when there were other teams interested shows that the club is now
considered as very ambitious.
"That was reinforced with the arrival of Moroccans Moustapha
Hadji and Youssef Chippo.
"We are now delighted that Colin Hendry has agreed to come
to the club and he will be a great servant to Coventry.
"On top of that we have survived our first real test in the
contract department with the agreement for Magnus to stay another
"It is the first time the situation has arisen that a truly
top class player was coming to the end of his contract with Coventry
City and we have managed to deal with that.
"Magnus is one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premiership
– I don’t think anybody would dispute that."
Former Blackburn man Hendry has agreed a two and half year deal and
joins from Glasgow Rangers for around £750,000.
The tough tackling central defender has left the Scottish side
after a nightmare season that has seen him play just three matches all
He has been frozen out at Ibrox, a situation he admits has been
"There are no guarantees in life never mind football and I
think it was on the cards that I was going to leave Rangers.
"The manager has got a job to do as every manager has and
you can only pick 11 players, but the only thing I would say is that
I never let the club down.
"It has been the most frustrating period of my career but I
am now looking forward to coming to Coventry – there is progress
to be made here and I am delighted to be part of that."
The club also used today’s media conference to announce the
arrival of Peruvian goal ace Ysrael Zuniga.
The striker will join his City team-mates for a training trip to La
Manga next week, and manager Gordon Strachan admits that the success
of his two Moroccans made the Zuniga deal seem like less of a gamble.
"It has made me braver in decisions like this when I see how
well the Moroccans have done, but this is still a wee gamble for us
and for the player.
"Having said that he burst onto the International scene in
real style and for what we have paid he could be a great buy for