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Strachan Boycotts Training

Gordon Strachan, Coventry City FCAngry Coventry City manager Gordon Strachan boycotted first team training this week after the humiliating defeat at Leeds.

The distressed manager said after Sunday’s 3-0 pummelling: 

"It was not worth us turning up."

Last night he said:

"I was watching a garbage film on television at 3am on Monday morning, that’s how upset I was at our performance."

"To be honest I have kept out of the way a lot. I have taken training sessions, but not with the first team squad. Thursday was the first time I had any contact with them following Sunday’s match.

"I want to see if they can do it on their own. In football these days there are not enough players who do anything for themselves.

"I am talking about football in general, not just at this club. I want to see how my players react and whether they can do it.

"It is actions that count. I am looking now for a settled side in the next 11 matches.

"I know the side I want to field, but it is avoiding injuries and keeping them together that is the difficult thing.

"It is does not matter what happens in training, I have seen teams train brilliantly all week and then play rubbish in the match. It is all down to what happens in those 90 minutes on Saturday.

"A footballer should be counted by what he does in the 90 minutes, not on what happens off the park or what girl friend he is going out with or how much he earns."

Strachan will keep new man Colin Hendry at centreback alongside Richard Shaw who missed the Leeds match after having fluid drawn off his hip. Robbie Keane, Steve Froggatt and Tomas Gustafsson are available after injuries and Moustapha Hadji is back from a one match ban.

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