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Strachan Set To Sign New Deal

Gordon Strachan, Coventry City FCGordon Strachan is on the verge of committing his long-term future to Coventry City.

Strachan is reportedly ready to sign a new five-year deal, which will keep him at the club until he is 48.

Strachan’s present deal still has over a year to run but chairman Bryan Richardson is keen to keep hold of his manager who has attracted interest from larger clubs, including Leeds United who were rumoured to want Strachan to succeed George Graham. The job went to David O’Leary.

Richardson said:

"Everything has been agreed and it is just a matter of Gordon putting pen to paper. We are obviously delighted. It demonstrates mutual confidence with all parties concerned.

"This could be the start of exciting times for Coventry. Gordon recognises this and that is why he wants to be a part of the club’s future. He and his family are happy here and have just moved to a beautiful new home and are very content.

"Coventry City had a record of chopping and changing their managers until Gordon arrived and now I feel it is time we had real stability at the club. I think together we can go on to great things."

The news comes at the end of a highly successful week for Strachan and his side.

They stopped their run of defeats with two victories which pushed them up into mid-table.

Striker Cedric Roussel, who scored the first goal in the 4-0 win over Bradford City on Saturday, said the players had restored their confidence with the two victories.

He said:

"It has been a good time for us. We have played two games and have done very well in both to take the six points.

"We scored early on Saturday and that helped our confidence. It was good to see Ysrael Zuniga come on and do so well – he scored a beautiful goal and worked very hard."

Roussell and Gary McAllister both picked up dead legs but are expected to be fit to play against Arsenal at Highbury on Sunday.

Zuniga, who along with John Eustace notched his first senior goal, said:

"It is different to the football I am used to and is generally harder. There is a lot of competition between the forwards for a place in the first team but I am trying to learn.

"The players have helped me adapt to the English game and the manager has given me a lot of confidence. I am very happy here."

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