APR 00] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Strachan Backs The Young Ones
manager Gordon Strachan is considering placing the club's future in the hands of the
younger players in his squad next season.
With skipper Gary
McAllister still unsure whether he will be offered a new contract and Carlton Palmer now
convalescing after two operations on different parts of his anatomy, the manager must be
looking to a change in midfield.
fears his time at Coventry could be over when this season ends, while Palmer, 34, faces
several weeks' hard work to recover from operations on his ankle and hamstring muscle.
expected to seize the moment to refashion his midfield. Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo
have played out of position all season on the midfield flanks. Hadji's acknowledged best
position is 'in the hole' behind two main strikers, while Chippo considers his main role
as central midfield.
But the manager
could keep them out wide and utilise the youthful talents of John Eustace, Barry Quinn,
both 20 and his son Gavin, who is 21, in the central midfield department.
Eustace has already
won firm followers with his displays since Palmer was injured, while Quinn has turned in
some promising performances out of position in either full-back berth.
understated player, is building an impressive portfolio on the international scene. He
captained the Republic of Ireland under-18 team to the World Youth Championship and is now
a regular at under-21 level.
He has made a slow
start at first team level for Coventry but is clearly being groomed for better things.
"I prefer to
play in midfield, but I do quite like playing at left back even though I am right footed.
Injuries have meant that I have had to fill in at full back this season. I would have
liked to have played more first team games, but hopefully that will change next